Denton Municipal Electric (DME) is Denton’s public-owned utility that provides us with electric power. It is my opinion that DME does an overall great job. Converting to solar is not escaping DME, but simply leveraging a better, more efficient and cost-effective way of powering your home.
DME allows solar owners to better use their solar systems by offering full credit for power pushed back to them throughout the month up to the break even point for the homeowner.
During the day, solar panel systems generate more than your house uses. Your system might generate 50kWh of electricity during sunlight hours in a given day. During those hours you will only use about half of that. The excess energy is pushed to the grid (DME) during the day and you then draw that much power back overnight while the sun is down. In optimum conditions, you will always generate about what you use at the end of the month.
At the end of your billing cycle, DME charges or credits you for for the net of your usage and the power you pushed to them during the month. You get full credit for power sent to them up to the break even point. Beyond that, you are credited a wholesale rate. Your over-generation credit will offset your electric connection fee. If your connection fee is offset, the credit balance then offsets your other utility costs with the city. See the image below.
The process described here is a form of monthly net metering and is quite beneficial for residential solar generation. It allows homeowners to completely offset their electric bill with solar in most cases.
Brightside Solar is not affiliated with Denton Municipal Electric.