Welcome to the Department of Public Utilities’ Massachusetts Net Metering Homepage.  The materials posted here are intended to help users understand the concept of net metering and determine whether they are eligible to net meter.

Net metering allows customers of certain electric distribution companies to generate their own electricity in order to offset their electricity usage.  All customer classes are eligible for net metering.  Common examples of net metering installations include solar panels on a home or a wind turbine at a school.  These installations are connected to a meter, which will measure the net quantity of electricity that the customer uses (“retail meter”).  The retail meter spins forward when the customer uses electricity from the distribution company, and it spins backward when the customer generates excess electricity (thereby “exporting” electricity to the electric grid).  A special retail meter (also called the “net meter”) is required to allow for the “netting” of usage and generation, especially when there may be exporting of electricity.

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This information is provided by the Department of Public Utilities.