Most photovoltaic (PV) solar panel systems are grid-tied, meaning they are designed to be able to export excess power to your local utility grid. An export occurs when the power generated by the solar panel system is greater than the power used by your home.
Being grid-tied also allows your home to rely on power from your local utility when the sun isn’t shining or extra power is needed. Net metering is a type of grid-tied system, and it can result in a credit on your monthly electric bill, equivalent to the amount of power your solar system produced in the month. There are two processes that are required before your system can connect to the grid:
During the permitting process, the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) will verify your system’s compliance with various required codes and standards.
While the permitting process is going on, the interconnection process also begins, during which time the utility must verify that your system meets the following basic requirements:
- Power exported to the grid must be measurable and compliant with the grid’s standards of voltage, frequency, power quality, and certified equipment.
- The AC side of the system must meet all safety requirements.
- The power and energy generated by the system must meet net metering requirements.
Once all of these approvals are in place, your system is ready to be grid-tied.
At NC Solar Now, we take care of all paperwork required to get your solar system connected to the grid. It is our job to make sure the process of adding solar panels to your home is as easy and painless as possible!
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