What Happens to Excess Solar Energy from Panels

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At Dovetail Solar, we apply our extensive knowledge of photovoltaics to design renewable energy systems to fit your family’s energy demands and usage. That said, solar power does not need to create a large quantity of power and energy. Instead, you only need to choose an array capable of providing whatever amount of electricity you need.

In the rare event that your solar array harnesses more energy than your home needs, it is likely because it gets more sunlight than you require. But the question still stands, where does excess energy go?

Back to the Grid

However, the power produced by your solar panels might be diverted to other uses if your system is connected to the local utility grid.

The majority of home solar panel installations are connected to the power grid. To keep the lights on when there isn’t any sunlight, residential setups with renewable solar power produce electricity by means of solar panels.

The grid connection not only provides you with power when the sun doesn’t shine and it’s overcast, but it also adds security to your electricity supply. One benefit of installing solar panels is that the excess power you generate may be sold to the utility grid. In this case, other customers will be able to utilize the energy you aren’t using.

Credits from your Utility Company

Upon installing your solar power array, you will be able to save even more money on your power costs. Enabling this option will offer you extranet metering credits that you may use to offset the electricity you take from the grid. This should be done with expertise so that you will not have to pay your monthly power payment.

If you have more questions on how to do this or how to employ energy storage solutions, feel free to contact us at Dovetail Solar so we can offer you the services that may be of help.

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