Can I Go Off the Grid with Solar Panels in New York?
You’ve looked into the financial and environmental benefits of installing solar panels in New York. Now you’re considering one of the most important questions that homeowners ask. Can I go off the grid with solar panels and battery backup?
Even with our SMART solar solutions in NY, your home will remain connected to the grid. This creates redundancy and helps to ensure your long-term savings.
When you are connected to the grid, you will be able to draw electricity when your solar panels shut down at night. During the day when panels are generating electricity, you’ll export any excess back to the grid. This excess generates credits under Net Metering. These credits then offset any future bills from the electric company.
When you draw electricity from outside, your meter spins forward, when you export your excess production, it spins in reverse.
For some months, you could receive nothing more than a hook-up charge from your provider. For the months when solar production is lower and you draw more from the grid, your Net Metering credit bank will offset the difference.
If you end the year with available credit, your utility provider will pay you for it at a fair market rate. This creates true energy independence where you won’t see another ridiculous bill from your provider. With net metering, your solar panels will benefit you even when they aren’t working.