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Going solar Californians? Pay the power company for the privilege
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 60286023:MV8yOTMyODk5XzUxNzcwOTIzXzMzQkYxQzdF] Just install the panels yourself and never mention it to them. Also, put in some batteries this way they don't need to charge you a lesser rate for anything as you won't be running a meter backwards. This reeks of desperation if you ask me. If I remember correctly, the water company did this to my parents years ago. My dad switched our house over to well water. We also had water supplied by the county. They forced my parents to pay a connection charge of like $15 a month just to have the water available should we need it even though we were using a well (which costs as much as it cost the pump to run). OH, and they won't let you completely disconnect the city/county supply line either. You must install a valve to be able to switch between them. I assume the power company wants something similar. You can't just disconnect from their service (who knows your solar panels may not make enough power) so they want you to pay some sort of connection fee even if you use $0 (or sell back to them). [/quote]
Southern California Edison, which supplies most of Orange County’s electricity, wants to levy a fee on future residential solar users, ostensibly to pay for maintaining the grid.
The monthly fee, condemned by the solar industry and environmentalists and likely to be controversial with solar customers, was described in a proposal Edison submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission earlier this month. It would charge customers who install solar panels on their roofs in coming years $3 per kilowatt of capacity. That means a homeowner with a 5 kilowatt roof solar system – an average size – would pay a fee of $15 per month to Edison just for having the system.
Edison also suggested paying future solar customers less for the electricity they generate, don’t use and end up selling back to the grid.
Edison says the per-kilowatt fee, or one like it, is necessary to pay for the cost of maintaining the power grid.
link to www.ocregister.com
What a sweet deal eh?
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