July 8, 2024


Because when it comes to energizing your home or business, affordable energy is important.  Generating electricity with solar PV modules (solar panels) is not only good for the environment but can literally save you tens of thousands of dollars over the decades.  Today’s solar panels have a 40-year useful life, the warranty is only 25 years but at that point most top tier panels are still producing 90% of what they made during the first year they were installed.

With NEM 3.0 or the Solar Billing Plan/NBT (Net Billing Tariff) as the investor-owned utilities call it, solar net generators are given peanuts for their net generated solar kilowatt hours that they import back to the energy grid.  Depending on the time of day and other factors that rate will be anywhere between 3 to 7 cents per kWh.  Find more info for SCE’s export pricing at these links.

SCE Solar Billing Plan FAQ

SCE – Understanding Export Pricing

Solar Panels

Energy Storage System

Instead of spinning the meter backwards and giving YOUR solar kilowatt hours to SCE for minimal credit, you would be far better off storing your excess solar energy.  Then you can use it when the sun goes down and the energy rates from the utility skyrocket.  Investing in an energy storage system (ESS) more commonly known as a battery will greatly enhance the benefits of going solar, increase your system’s efficiency, and SAVE you more money.  Plus, you can get the 30% Federal investment tax credit on the solar and the battery!

Solar Energy Components

Another plus from adding an ESS is that you can ensure that you have uninterrupted power on certain critical loads during power outages.  You can secure your energy impudence from the utility and break free from future rates hikes.  You can also monitor the system in real time, tracking your power generation and consumption.  All this and you will be doing your part to stave off climate change by reducing your carbon footprint.

Call us today and we can discuss by phone or set up an in-person consultation.

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