Not only can one make significant savings by going green with solar power, but one can actually make money, too. This is through net metering, which involves selling any unused electricity back to the grid, usually in the form of a power bill credit.
Yes- many self-generation operations are able to feed electricity back into the grid; serving as a backup resource at times of high demand. Allow us to introduce to you one of the latest buzzwords: ‘prosuming.’ Signaling a growing shift in how we power our homes and communities, ‘prosumers’ both produce and consume energy. With the rise of electric vehicles and their potential to store and feed power back to the grid, it is a term that is likely to grow even further, and as previously outlined, the big whale companies are already onboard.
Microsoft’s Wyoming-based data centre serves as a prime example. Locally partnering with renewable source Black Hills Energy; the business has the ability to draw from the datacentre’s normally dormant backup generators in times of need.
On a smaller scale, Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire, UK, generates its own onsite wind, solar and biomass power, making it the most ‘environmentally friendly zoo in Europe.’ Excess power not used on site is then sold back to the grid through Opus Energy, generating extra revenue for the zoo and contributing to overall grid supply.