Home Power Net-Metering
Net-Metering laws, becoming more popular throughout the US are coming into vogue. At the moment, the advantages land squarely on the Home Owner. Under most Net-Metering rules (check with your utility to your specific rules), a Home Owner is allowed to produce energy that is fed back into the grid counted up at the end of a billing period, usually one month.
Grid tie wind generators Skystream 3.7 at 400 kWh per month. ARE wind turbines for net metering. SunnyBoy inverters 700 watts, 2,000 watts, 3800 watts, and 5,000 watts.
The Home Owner is allowed full retail compensation for the KWH actually exported to the grid, as measured by a special Meter. The meter is important as there are many types. Each utility will have their preferred meter, usually a Bi-Directional Meter, that measures consumption and export KWHs.
An advantage for the Home Owner is that most utilities bill you by a Time-of-Use Rate. This means during Peak hours (10am-6pm) energy you buy from your utility will cost more than Off-Peak consumption (6pm-10am)
HINT: Some utilities use multiple tears for billing. Off-peak from midnight to 7am, then 7am-10am called Mid-Peak, then Peak (noon-6pm), then back to Mid-Peak (6pm-midnight) and then back to Off-peak. Each tear charged a different rate.
The advantage is that even though you consume energy during Peak-times (being charged full rate) you get full retail value for any wind energy your produce both in Peak-times, but ALSO when you generate energy during Off-peak hours. Being totaled at the end of the month, your total production is given a full retail rate.
The Hardware you’ll choose for your wind generator(s) to be used for Net-Metering will be based on Energy. Check your electric bill and determine how many KWH’s of energy the site consumes. Net-Metering allows the Home Owner to produce KWH’s against this consumption.