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Owning property can be an expensive investment.

Have you ever thought about using your home, farm, or business to help you save money?

Everyone likes to save money, so let’s talk about how your property can help you do just that. At Solar Sam, we’re all about providing clean energy through quality solar solutions, which goes hand-in-hand with energy savings and $ savings.

You may already know that solar panels are called behind-the-meter (BTM) solutions because of their placement in relation to your electric meter. We’ll talk more about that in a just a moment.

But did you know that solar panels are only one type of BTM energy savings solutions? Let’s dive into what this means for you, the property owner, and how we can help you save your hard-earned money with BTM solutions!

The Basics: What Does Behind-the-Meter Mean?

Solar Panels Save you Money on Electricity Utilities and Solar Sam Professional Solar Panel Installer can help in Missouri and IllinoisWhat in the world does “behind-the-meter” even mean?!

Basically, anything energy related that happens on your property (the user’s side of the meter) is behind the meter, or BTM for short. Anything on the grid (or utility) side of the meter is in front of the meter.

The meter itself is what measures how much electricity you’re using from the grid—electricity that is likely provided by a utility company or co-op. This also determines how much you owe them monthly for your energy usage.

Things change a bit when you own a solar energy system. Solar panels placed on your property generate electricity to power your life, home, farm, or business. And any excess power generated by your solar system that you don’t need goes back into the grid, earning you credits.

Having a solar energy system on your side of the meter saves you money on those monthly electric bills!

The Details: How Solar Sam BTM Solutions Create Electricity Savings

How Solar Sam Behind the Meter Solutions Create Electricity Saving and Save you Money on UtilitiesNow, let’s talk a bit about the different behind-the-meter solutions that are available to help you with electricity savings.

There are three main types of BTM energy saving solutions:

  • Energy production
  • Energy storage
  • Micro-grids

Energy Production

Solar panels and solar generators produce energy and can be located on your property, behind the meter. These alternative energy systems can be more efficient, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly than traditional grid-supplied power.

BTM energy production helps you save because you own the system. Once the initial system purchase is made, the electricity produced from your system is essentially free, generated from natural sources (like the sun). Plus, if your system generates more power than you need, you may be able to “sell” the excess back to your local utility’s grid and earn energy credits. This is known as net metering.

This also helps with peak demand usage reduction. Meaning, when the grid is overloaded due to excessive use, you are helping by providing your own power.

Energy Storage

Behind the Meter BTM Energy Electricity Storage Systems Solar Batteries from Solar Sam Professional Solar Panel Installation in Missouri or IllinoisBTM energy storage systems, like solar batteries, store excess electricity produced by your solar (or other alternative) power system. This stored electricity can be used to power your home or business if the grid were to go down. It can also supplement your energy needs during peak demand usage.


Micro-grids are essentially miniature versions of full-blown grid power systems that are located BTM.

They can power multiple buildings at once. So, instead of just powering your home, a micro-grid might be used to provide electricity to an entire subdivision or shopping center. These are generally used in larger farming operations or for commercial applications.

Solar Sam Does More Than Solar Panel Installation

Solar Sam can hook you up with the best brands, the latest tech, and the highest quality solar panels for residential, commercial, and agricultural applications. But that’s not all we can do! We are a fast growing, local provider of many top-rated behind-the-meter energy saving solutions.

With Solar Sam, it’s so easy to go green and start saving some green! From a free consultation to hassle-free installation, our simple process helps you score big with electricity savings right away. Plus, we offer free annual solar panel cleanings and performance checks for the first three years that you own your Solar Sam energy system.

Check out our incredible monthly deals and let Solar Sam help power your life with energy run by the sun!