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Solar Net Metering & Solar Sizing Strategies
Solar net metering policies will typically define a project size where net metering is eligible. For example, net metering may be only available for systems 10 kW and below. Keep in mind that many utilities recognize that as 10 kW AC and not DC. Solar produces direct current, or DC, and the inverter changes the DC power to alternating current, or AC. Some utility companies in their push to limit the netmetering benefit may define the the 10 kW cap as the system’s DC-rated capacity. In the end, the utility company only cares about the AC output and AC output is governed by your inverter’s rating. For example, a 12 kW (DC) solar array connected to an inverter with a rated AC output of 10 kW (AC) may qualify for a solar net metering policy with a 10 KW limit. Other utilities may not have a limit, or may allow much higher capacity installations.
There are various electrical losses as power is converted from DC to AC. From your solar array to inverter, overall losses can range from 9 to 15% depending on the efficiency of your equipment, quality of your electrical installation, shading, snow cover, electrical equipment mismatch, and other factors.
There are many variations in solar net metering policies from utility to utility. Net metering can also be a confusing matter. Many solar companies don’t have a good grasp of these policies and their estimate of return on investment (ROI) could be misleading or incorrect.
That’s where we step in. At Tick Tock Energy, our solar interconnection and solar net metering experts will help you understand your utility’s policy and optimize your investment. We handle the entire solar interconnection and solar net metering application process to make it easy and stress-free for you.
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