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The renter’s guide to going solar

From WIVB-TV in Buffalo NY.

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)- It’s easier than you’d think to tap into the grid, even if you’re in a rental.

Experts at Solar Liberty describe the grid as a giant bank; on every sunny day, solar panels are saving more and more energy for that bank, so that on rainy days, they can make a withdrawal.

“Remote net metering” is what allows us to transfer that saved energy from solar panels to the grid.

For people who don’t own their home, they can purchase energy from the grid, to use whenever and wherever they want.

Electric companies usually handle remote net metering on a case-by-case basis, but staff at Solar Liberty told News 4 shared solar projects are growing more popular.

“Community distribution. It’s like the newer vision of the New York State community solar projects. Where there’s like a huge array of solar panels and then people can buy off those solar panels to offset their electric bills,” said Senior Project Manager Michael Prinzi.

For renters in apartments, it’s the same process, you’ll just need to have your landlord sign off on it.