Complications emerging as solar gets more common
Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:14 PM
An article at The Motley Fool mentions decreased feed-in tariffs in Germany and the prospect of added fees in the US for those selling electricity back to the utilities through net metering setups.
In a way, kind of good that these problems are showing up. Means that PV is becoming successful.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 03:24 PM
Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:39 AM
Posted 10 March 2012 - 03:34 AM
to save Greece and Italy from going under. The dollar (or Euro) only stretches so far.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:52 AM
I think the opposite of what the Fool says could happen. As solar becomes even more common, pro solar voters could win the day and force legislation that protects net metering and other incentives. This may be happening in WA now, as the last attempt to reclassify hydro failed miserably. Hopefully we can keep up the pressure.
I should have my first negagive month now so it will be interesting how our PUD handles that.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:08 AM
None of the available methods are designed to provide 100% of a home's electrical needs. Is this possibly done on purpose? It's bad enough that as it stands, there is too much maintenance for the homeowner to perform on a system for maximum output.
Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:50 PM
I think you should be able to get pricing down to $1.33/watt complete which is likely half to a third of what you've been quoted. My payback is 7.5 years and prices have fallen by 40 cents/watt since I bought. My electric rate is 6.5 cents/KWH so if your rate is higher it should pay back even sooner.
If you do decicde to go ahead, I'll be more than happy to walk you through the entire process step by step. If you don't know electricity, It's likely you have a neighbor who does.
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