At AEP Ohio, we believe in the promise of clean energy and are committed to helping lead the transition to a brighter future. We want you to be informed before making any decisions about whether solar panels are right for you and your family. Learn more below:  

  1.       Will I save money by switching to solar?

There are several variables that determine whether you might save, including weather conditions, your home’s energy efficiency, changes to electricity rates, and changes to compensation for electricity placed back on the grid.  Solar panels must be paid for, either upfront or through financing or leasing, so you need to ensure projected savings will outweigh the cost of the panel system over its lifetime. Before making a decision, customers should crunch the numbers with our solar calculator to understand what to expect.

2.       How does the process work?

Homeowners are sometimes told leasing a solar panel system is one way to avoid hefty initial costs. It’s important to understand when you lease a system, you use the power it produces, but a third party owns the equipment. Though leasing requires less upfront, there are other factors to consider. Visit AEPOhio.com/Solar for more information. 

  1.       What do I need to do before installing solar panels?

Before signing a contract to install solar panels, make sure you understand which responsibilities are yours and which are the installer’s. Check out this Solar Installation Checklist to help with your decision.

  1.   Does switching to solar mean I’m “going off the grid”?

Typically, solar panels are a supplement to electric service with AEP Ohio — most systems can’t function independently of the electric grid. Solar panel systems may not operate when there’s limited or no sunlight, during power outages or when there are safety issues. You must also remain “on the grid” if you want to be compensated for the excess energy your system may generate.

  1.       What is net metering?

Under Net Energy Metering Service, our bi-directional meter measures energy as it flows from the grid to the customer’s home (“delivered energy”) and from your home to the grid (“received energy”). At the end of each billing period, the received energy is subtracted from the delivered energy and the result (“net usage”) is what’s billed to the customer. Learn more at AEPOhio.com/Clean-Energy/Renewable.

More Questions? Call (614) 883-6775 (option 1) or email dgcoordinator-ohio@aep.com

7 responses to “Solar Energy: What You Need to Know

  1. I would like to speak to someone from AEP regarding the possibility of installing solar panels on my other house.

  2. At end of a month, if I end up with net 0 KWH usage from solar panel.

    What would I still need to pay anything to AEP for anything? how much would those things be?

  3. I don’t understand why there are not tax rebates or other financial incentives to make solar panels a realistic financial opportunity for homeowners.

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