SEIA’s Consumer’s Guide
Are you thinking about buying a solar electric system for your home or business? If so, this booklet provides some basic information that can help you. Solar electric systems, which are also called photovoltaic or PV systems, are reliable and pollution-free.
Some utilities have net metering programs, which further enhance the economics of PV. Net metering means that when your PV system generates more power than you need, the excess goes to the utility grid and the meter runs backward. This allows you to receive full retail value for the power that your PV system generates.
This booklet can guide you through the process of buying a solar electric system. It is not a technical guide to designing or installing a system—for that information, we recommend consulting an experienced PV system designer or supplier. A PV system can be a substantial investment. As with any investment, careful planning will help you make the right decisions for your home or business.