Frequently Asked Question
Can I sell power back to the utility grid?
Yes, with the correct inverter you can safely sell power back
to the utility grid. The real question is can I sell power back to the utility
company. Most states have net metering bills that basically say the utility
company will have to buy the power back from you at the same rate you buy
power from them. The states that don’t have net metering bills typically
only pay the wholesale cost of the power about 1-3 cents.
Until uniform codes have been adopted by all utilities it is
best that you first check with your utility. Each utility has different interconnection
standards that have to be meet before they will allow you to sell power back
to the utility grid. The unfortunate thing about these different interconnection
requirements is that modern inverters have all of the safety equipment built
into them as standard components. So some of the equipment a utility company
may ask you to add is already inside the inverter.