Maryland residents can absolutely sell their excess solar energy back to their power company. Maryland has committed to producing 20% of its energy from renewable sources (including 2% from solar) by 2020. The state is actively encouraging the practice of net metering – selling excess energy generated from privately owned systems back to the utilities – in order to meet this goal. To be eligible for net metering in the state of Maryland, your solar electric system must meet the following conditions:
- It must produce no more than 2 megawatts of power. (Most residential solar electric systems fall in the 4-6 kilowatt range, well within the guidelines.)
- It must be intended primarily to serve your own needs for power. Eligible systems may not generate more than 200% of your annual baseline energy usage.
- It must be located on your property or on a property immediately contiguous to yours. However, you do not need to own the system. Leased systems or solar systems owned by third parties are eligible for net metering in Maryland.
Mr. G. H. is selling electricity from his solar panels to BGE for 9.097 cents per kWh.
"BGE installed a Smart meter on my house last month, so now I can chart my electric usage. This graph shows my net daily electricity usage for the current billing period. What makes this graph so interesting is where the 0 kWh level is… most of the graph is below zero."
"Once a year in April, BGE does a “true-up” of my account where they pay me for any net kWh credits for the previous 12 months. For my April 2014 “true-up”, I had a net credit of 2,804 kWh for the previous 12 months. BGE paid me $255.08 for those credits, which turns out to be 9.097 cents per kWh… pretty cool."