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Why Solar?

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By making solar truly affordable and accessible ACA SOLAR has made it possible for everyone to reduce or eliminate your electric bills, improve your quality of life, and help to improve our precious environment.

Net metering

Grid tied solar systems do not use batteries! Your solar system works by producing DC power during sunlight hours and converts it to AC power through an inverter. The inverter then feeds the load required by your home, before pushing the excess AC power through a "net meter" out to the grid.

Net meters are provided by your utility company when you install your system. The net meter is a bi-directional electric meter that spins forward as usual when you are using more power in your home than the system is producing, and spins backwards when it is storing it with your utility company.

Net metering programs serve as an important incentive for consumer investment in renewable energy generation. Net metering enables customers to use their own generation to offset their consumption over a billing period by allowing their electric meter to turn backwards when they generate electricity in excess of their demand from their solar system. This excess means that customers receive credit for the excess electricity the produce during the day when their solar systems is receiving sun light and can use that excess electricity at night to power their home when their solar system is asleep.

Net metering is a low-cost, easily administered method of encouraging customer investment in renewable energy technologies. It increases the value of the electricity produced and allows customers to "bank" their excess energy and use it at a different time from when it was produced. Your utility provider also benefits from net metering because your excess generation reduces the system load factor during peak periods.

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