How does solar power connect to the electrical grid?

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In grid connected systems, the AC electric current can be routed directly into the home or business, or routed to the electric grid via a two-way meter. In “net metered” systems, the meter runs forward when the home or business is using more power than is generated by the solar panels. It runs backwards when the solar panels are generating more power than is being consumed on-site. This type of metering is available from many utility companies.

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