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On-site Generation

On-site generation options include installing solar panels, wind turbines, or fuel cells for a consumer's own use. Under Maine law, facilities that use renewable resources, produce below 100 kW, and are used for the facilities’ and associated consumers’ own needs are eligible for net billing (also called net metering). This means that if you install your own generation facilities and remain connected to the electric grid, you pay only for the net amount of electricity you use. For example, if you have a solar system that produces more power than you use during the day, you can "sell" your excess power to count against the amount of electricity you draw from the grid at night. In effect, you can "spin your meter backward".

To learn more about net metering in Maine, visit the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's "Case Study: Maine" web page.

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