Net metering is a unique function of your utility company, where you can receive credit for the electricity your solar energy system produces. The energy produced subtracts from the total amount you?d have to pay the utility company. During the day, your system will generally produce more energy than your home is using and the excess energy is stored in the grid, causing your electricity meter to run backwards. This acts as a ?piggy bank? for you to pull from when your home uses electricity consumed at night or when your home?s use exceeds the system?s output. The phrase ?getting paid to produce? refers to the credits you receive from net metering for the excess generation that you can use in the future.