Why do you still need to connect your solar panels to the electricity grid? The simplest answer to the question is you don’t get the sun to shine all the time.
Connecting your rooftop solar to the power lines ensures continuous electricity service even when it’s wintry or raining a lot.
The two energy sources are a good combination. Aside from getting a power supply when the sun is out, any unused solar from your panels can flow back to the grid. As a result, the electricity system gets a supply of clean energy, which will benefit the community and neighborhood in the long run.
What do you get from having excess solar?
Your home depends on the electricity your rooftop panels produce once you have installed enough to meet your average energy requirement. Aside from that, you won’t always be able to consume all the energy that solar energy produces.
The excess electricity will go back to the grid to maximize the produced energy. It will then boost the power received by those whose houses are connected to the grid.
As a result, you will be given by the electric company some kind of credit on your next billing date. The amount will depend on how much energy the grid has gotten from your solar energy.
What about the export credit rates?
October 2020 has seen the Export Credit Rate for homeowners with rooftop solar panels installed greenlit. The Utah Public Service Commission made the approval.
Your electric service provider will inform you about the new rates depending on when you installed your solar panels.
The rates and arrangement will depend on your electricity provider. Be sure to ask them about the export credit rates so that you can apply for the benefit as soon as possible.