Will I be independent of the grid?

You will always be connected to the grid and there will always be a minimal monthly connection fee from your utility company. However, the advantage of solar energy is that you can generate it yourself (well, actually, the sun generates it, but you know what we mean). Your home or business will use this electricity to power your appliances and electronics. If your home or business needs any extra energy, it will draw that from the grid.

But, with solar there is an upside to the grid connection as well, and that is called “net metering”, which we described above. Certain states and utility companies offer net metering as a form of incentive. Without net metering and being tied to the grid, you can’t be credited with the extra power your system generates.