In a solar photovoltaic system owned by the homeowner, net metering allows the homeowner to sell unused energy back to the utility gird. In a shared system, virtual net metering allows these energy credits to be shared between all the parties subscribed to the system. Unfortunately, solar garden subscribers aren't always eligible to receive these credits because the solar photovoltaic equipment isn't directly attached to their homes or buildings.
The growth of solar garden installation is creating new challenges for solar experts as well as legislators. These issues weren't a problem when systems were owned by single owners. With more communally-owned solar photovoltaic systems being developed each day, changes to the virtual net metering system are needed to allow members to receive the same benefits as single owners.
Luckily, some legislators are starting to realize this flaw of the virtual net metering system. New legislation is being passed in many states to allow solar garden subscribers to also receive the benefits of net metering.
To learn more about solar gardens and virtual net metering, call the solar photovoltaic experts at Smith Sustainable Design.