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Net Metering

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2016 02:24PM MDT

For a mathematical explanation of net metering, please look up 'grid outputs' in the index of the Help system.  The punchline is this:  without net metering, your power bill is equal to purchased_energy * power_price - sold_energy * sellback_rate.  With net metering, your power bill is equal to (purchased_energy - sold_energy) * power_price.  Does that make sense?  Your "net purchases" over the billing period are equal to the purchased energy minus the sold energy.  To be a bit more precise, the equation I gave for net metering applies only if the net purchases were positive.  If they are negative, meaning you were a net generator over the billing period, then the power bill is equal to (purchased_energy - sold_energy) * sellback_rate.

That's zero if the sellback rate is zero, which is normal, or negative if the sellback rate is nonzero.  The sellback rate applies only if you produce more than you use.

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