National Grid US (National Grid) is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the US and has been around for 30 years. Part of the London-based National Grid Group, it provides service to about 20 million people in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It does not generate electricity, purchasing the energy it distributes from other generation facilities that use nuclear, wind, hydroelectric, oil, natural gas, biologic, landfill and solar sources.
National Grid US supports many solar customers (and more every day!) who are connected to the energy grid. Customers can also purchase clean electricity, sometimes including solar-generated energy when they enroll and pay extra for the GreenUp plan. In the long run, installing your own home solar system is a less costly option, especially when you take advantage of existing solar rebates and incentives from state and federal governments.
Solar energy generated from your own solar panel system can be used to power your home, store energy in a home battery, or sell the power back to the electricity grid. To power your home, you need a solar system and sunlight. To store energy for future use (like at night), you need a special home battery. To sell power back to the grid, you need a two-way system and a meter that is hooked up to the utility grid. These function together to send energy back to the grid and offset your electric bill, a program which is called net metering, Net Energy Metering or NEM.
National Grid US offers net metering almost everywhere. There is an online tool for checking the validity of your location, and EnergyPal can help you determine if your home is applicable. The energy you sell back to National Grid US is purchased at rates set by your state and is typically somewhat less than what you pay for your retail electricity. This amount you sell back to National Grid US becomes a credit and goes against the cost of retail electricity you use when you cannot supply yourself with enough solar energy.
Overall, you can offset your monthly electric bill to near zero! If you produce more electricity than you consume, the energy credit in kWh (kilowatt-hours) goes towards your next month’s bill. After a 12-month period, you are compensated for any surplus accumulated energy credit in dollars applied towards next year’s bill. However, credits do not apply to basic charges or taxes. EnergyPal will help you size and configure your solar and home battery system appropriately to ensure you maximize your financial savings and energy independence.
In addition to reducing fossil fuel consumption and diminishing your carbon footprint, you can reduce your monthly bill, improve the resale value of your home and avoid power loss during outages with your own solar (or solar-battery) system. EnergyPal will help you follow these steps:
There are multiple incentive programs available to reduce the upfront costs associated with solar system installations. Most are state based. Massachusetts residents can take advantage of the:
New York residents can take advantage of the:
Rhode Island residents can take advantage of the:
EnergyPal is available to help you navigate National Grid US bills and the National Grid US solar program requirements and steps for installing solar. Start by requesting a quote, and we’ll help you through the whole process so you get the right system at the right price and offset your National Grid US electric bill.