Under the residential solar rate structure, you will pay for your whole home consumption each month at the standard residential rates, whether the power comes to your home from your solar energy system or the electric grid. Austin Energy then pays you for all electricity produced each month by your rooftop solar system at the Value of Solar Rate, which is 11.3 cents as of January 1, 2015. That payment is credited to your monthly electric bill. If the solar credit is larger than your energy bill, the remaining credit rolls over to the next month. At the end of the year the credits continue to roll over to the next year.