What is net metering?

Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on the home’s rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours. If the home is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backwards to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods where the home’s electricity use exceeds the system’s output. Customers are only billed for their “net” energy use.

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1. What do I do to start my process to go solar with the City of Safford?
2. How long is the application process?
3. Do you reimburse for solar?
4. How does the billing work?
5. What is net metering?
6. Does the City still charge a surcharge?
7. If I have questions about solar power, who do I contact?