๐Ÿ”†ย + ๐Ÿ’ฒย What is solar buyback?

When you have solar on your home, electricity flows 3 ways.*

๐Ÿ”† โ€”> ๐Ÿ  From your solar panels to power your home

๐Ÿ”† โ€”> ๐Ÿญ From your solar panels back to the utility grid

๐Ÿญ โ€”> ๐Ÿ  From the utility grid to power your home

Why it matters: Solar buy back is the way your utility credits you โ€” or doesnโ€™t โ€” for the electricity you send back to the grid.

๐Ÿ”ฌ Zoom in: Homeowners with solar (or looking into it) need to know how this works.

  • Solar buy back varies by utility (A smaller co-op like Coserv vs. a large TDU like Oncor)
  • Also varies by retail providers (Green Mountain vs. Energy Texas)

Whether youโ€™re shopping for a retail provider or trying to change your co-opโ€™s policies, you want to know 2 things:

  1. Does the utility give you full credit for electricity you send them? (Needs to be a YES)
  2. If you send more electricity than you pulled from the grid (like in March and April), do the credits rollover to the next month? (Ideally a YES)

โœ… For your Smart Homeowner list

  • Have solar and need to shop new plans โ€”> start here.



*A home storage battery adds 2 ways:

๐Ÿ”† โ€”> ๐Ÿ”‹ From your solar panels to your battery

๐Ÿ”‹ โ€”> ๐Ÿ  From your battery to power your home

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