If the solar panels should generate more power than the town or school can use, the electric meter will start to run backwards and the power company issues credit for the full retail value of the electricity. If more power is needed than the panels have produced, the meter runs forward and electricity is taken from the grid. Billing is done on a net usage basis.
"We're very excited to be 100 percent solar powered for electricity", said Jefferies. "I wouldn't count on making a lot of money, but we have a number of other energy projects in town and we're hoping to come out ahead."