What is Net Metering?

Net metering plays a crucial role in the world of renewable energy, acting as a bridge between consumers, electricity grids, and environmentally friendly power sources. This system has gained prominence as societies increasingly embrace solar, wind, and other renewable energy options to combat climate change and reduce reliance on traditional fossil fuels. In this article, we will explore the concept of net metering, its mechanics, and its significance in the broader context of sustainable energy.

Net metering is a billing arrangement that allows individuals and businesses with renewable energy systems, such as solar panels or wind turbines, to connect to the grid and receive credit for the excess electricity they generate. The process involves a two-way meter installed at the consumer’s location, capable of measuring both electricity consumption and production.

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How Does Net Metering Work?

Installation of Renewable Energy Systems: Net metering begins with the installation of renewable energy systems, typically solar panels, on a residential or commercial property. These systems generate electricity from sunlight or wind and convert it into usable power.

Connection to the Grid: The renewable energy system is connected to the local electricity grid. This connection allows surplus electricity generated by the renewable energy system to flow back into the grid.

Benefits of Net Metering:

Financial Savings: Net metering allows consumers to save money on their electricity bills by offsetting their consumption with the surplus energy generated by their renewable systems.

Encouraging Renewable Energy Adoption: The financial incentives provided by net metering encourage the adoption of renewable energy technologies, fostering a transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources.

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Solar Incentives

30% Federal Tax Credit

100% Sales Tax Exemption

Net Metering

Accelerated Depreciation


  1. Bidirectional Metering: A bidirectional meter is installed at the consumer’s location. This meter measures both the electricity consumed from the grid and the excess electricity sent back to the grid.
  2. Credit Accumulation: When the renewable energy system produces more electricity than the consumer is using, the excess is fed back into the grid, and the bidirectional meter records this surplus. The consumer receives credits for the excess electricity at the same rate they would be charged for consuming electricity from the grid.

Offsetting Electricity Bills: These credits can then be used to offset future electricity bills when the renewable energy system is not generating enough power to meet the consumer’s demand, such as during nighttime or periods of low sunlight.

Grid Support: By allowing excess energy to flow back into the grid, net metering supports the overall stability of the electricity grid and reduces the need for additional investments in grid infrastructure.

Environmental Impact: Increased use of renewable energy systems reduces reliance on fossil fuels, mitigating environmental impact and contributing to the fight against climate change.

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Roof System

This is the most cost-effective application, which in turn provides the best return on your investment. Solar panels are more efficient than ever! Couple that with a 30% income tax credit, there’s never been a better time to install solar panels on your home.

Ground system

Rooftop solar is not your only option for panel placement, and sometimes is not the best option. If you have the space for it, a ground mount solar array offers the opportunity to install more solar than what may fit on your roof. In addition to being easier to clean, ground-mount solar will typically run more efficiently since the system operates under less heat creating less friction as the solar energy transfers to your home electrical system.


Considering a backup source for power during a power outage? Adding battery backup to your solar project is a great way to store energy for those stormy days, and eliminates the need to maintain a gas engine like a generator. These batteries run noise free and automatically transfer power when needed. And YES, these do also qualify for the 30% federal income tax credit!

We are the premier commercial, residential, and new construction solar company in Washington State.

Net metering

Net metering serves as a vital mechanism in the integration of renewable energy into existing electricity grids. By providing financial incentives and promoting sustainability, net metering plays a key role in shaping a cleaner and more resilient energy future. As technology advances and more regions adopt renewable energy solutions, the impact and importance of net metering are likely to grow, further solidifying its place in the transition to a sustainable energy landscape.

In the heart of the Pacific Northwest, where the commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness is a way of life, MAD Energy NW stands out as a leading company dedicated to providing top-notch solar installation and net metering services in Seattle, WA. As the demand for renewable energy solutions continues to rise, MAD Energy NW has positioned itself as the go-to choice for individuals and businesses seeking reliable and efficient solar solutions coupled with seamless net metering services.


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Solar panels, also known as modules within the industry, convert sunlight into electricity using the photovoltaic effect.


Solar Inverters convert the direct current power produced by the modules, into an alternating current to be used.


Solar racking is the mounting system that supports and secures the panels to the roof or ground structure.


Solar Batteries are used to store electricity generated by the solar panels for those times when the utility power drops out.

Why Choose MAD Energy NW?

Expertise in Solar Installation: MAD Energy NW boasts a team of highly skilled and certified professionals with extensive experience in solar installation. From residential rooftops to large-scale commercial projects, the company has successfully implemented solar systems that harness the abundant Pacific Northwest sunlight to generate clean and sustainable energy.

Cutting-Edge Technology: Committed to staying at the forefront of solar technology, MAD Energy NW utilizes cutting-edge equipment and innovative solutions for all installations. The company’s dedication to staying abreast of the latest advancements ensures clients receive state-of-the-art solar systems tailored to their specific needs.

Customized Solutions: Recognizing that every client has unique energy requirements, MAD Energy NW provides customized solar solutions. The team works closely with clients to design and implement systems that optimize energy production while seamlessly integrating with the aesthetics and functionality of the property.

Net Metering Expertise: MAD Energy NW understands the significance of net metering in maximizing the benefits of solar energy. The company excels in setting up bidirectional meters and facilitating the connection between solar installations and the local grid. Clients can rest assured that they will receive accurate credits for the surplus energy their systems contribute to the grid.

Local Knowledge and Community Focus: As a company deeply rooted in the Seattle and Tacoma communities, MAD Energy NW leverages its local knowledge to navigate regulations and maximize the benefits of solar and net metering. The company takes pride in contributing to the region’s sustainability goals and actively participates in community initiatives promoting clean energy.

Transparent and Customer-Focused Approach: MAD Energy NW prioritizes transparency and open communication throughout the entire process. From the initial consultation to the final installation and beyond, clients can expect a customer-focused approach that ensures their satisfaction and peace of mind.

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The Mad Energy Solar Warranty

25-30 Year Solar Panel Production Warranty

12-25 Year Inverter and Optimizer Warranty

25 Year Racking Warranty

10 Year Workmanship Warranty

10 Year Battery Warranty

For those seeking a reliable and experienced partner for solar installation and net metering in Seattle, MAD Energy NW stands out as the trusted choice. With a commitment to excellence, cutting-edge technology, and a community-focused approach, MAD Energy NW is poised to lead the way in transforming Seattle into a hub for clean, sustainable, and locally-generated energy. Choose MAD Energy NW for a brighter, greener future.

Call us today for more information and to talk with one of our local electricians.

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