When we make the decision to go solar, we think that our PG&E bill will never be higher than $0. And, for the most part, that can be true. Assuming your new residential or commercial solar system was built to completely offset your energy usage, your solar PG&E bill should be quite small. But, there are a few things to remember about going solar and your new billing from the local utility.
Your Bill Will Not Be Zero
Even when you have a perfectly designed and installed system, your utility bill will not be zero. There are a few reasons for this. First and foremost is the fact you will receive an interconnection fee. This fee is one that allows PG&E to maintain the electrical grid. In California, in most areas of Nevada, it is illegal to be disconnected from the utility grid – if your property has ever been connected. So, although your electrical charges can be easily reduced to nothing, expect to pay a small interconnection fee monthly.
Gas Charges Will Not Disappear
We also get a lot of questions about major increases in PG&E bills after a solar installation. It is important to remember that solar will only reduce your electrical charges, and not the costs associated with your gas usage. Before we choose to go solar, we typically just pay out utility bills. Post solar, we see how our utility bills are broken down by utility company fees, taxes and surcharges as well as the costs associated with gas and electricity usage. Your new solar system will reduce your electricity costs – but, it will defray your costs of gas usage.
You Still Must Be Aware of Your Electrical Usage
Residential and commercial solar panels are ideal strategies to become dependent on clean, renewable energy. However, you always must remember, your solar system will only produce as much electrical power as it was designed to produce. That means drastic increases in your electrical costs may mean you have to pay for PG&E for more electricity. Systems can be designed larger than what you use – but, attention to your overall electricity consumption is important.
Take the time to break down your PG&E bill after you go solar. When you have questions, take the time to stop by our showroom and work with one of our Energy Advisers. We can walk you through your new billing processes.
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