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Really? Free Power?

Feb 12, 2015 |
Lately there have been some comments and editorials from those who want to expand current net metering programs asking what we do with the “free power” they put on our grid.  If only that were true, but it’s not.

First of all, none of the current systems produce power in large enough amounts that require us to do anything with it except to make sure it doesn’t cause voltage problems for the neighbors.  It’s absorbed onto the system. 

Secondly, the customers receive a full bill credit in the about of roughly 11-cents a kilowatt hour for the electricity they put on our system so that’s definitely not free.  Particularly when one considers their non-net metered neighbor is paying around six-cents a kilowatt hour for electricity supply. And, if they were selling it to us like any other supplier right now – the going rate would be in the range of about 3-5 cents for solar.  Still…not free.

So, where is the “free power” that they’re producing because someone is obviously paying for it?  Inquiring minds want to know.

We’re not opposed to solar. We’re not opposed to net-metering. We are opposed to expanding policies that subsidize one customer at the expense of another. There are ways to make this work for everyone. More on that in our next post. 

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