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Re: Calif electric rate bill AB 327, watch out solar PV owne

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:20 am
by garygid
In some states, like NY (I believe), even if you disconnect
from the grid, the property owner is charged a monthly
having-the-grid-available fee.

If PV owners are charged a grid-maintenance fee, then
so should all others connected to the grid, especially
if their usage is small, right?

Most low-net users are already charged a monthly
minimum, usually around $5 to $10, usually per
meter, I would guess.

The only way to fight it, I guess, is to move most of
your usage to peak time, so that there is very little
over-generation during the day. For example, charge
cars or other batteries during high generation, rather
than at night, when the grid is under-utilized,
and power is usually less expensive.

However, since the Utility generally collects enough
to make a fixed percentage profit on their expenses,
they generally would love having more expenses, I think.

Re: Calif electric rate bill AB 327, watch out solar PV owne

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:13 am
by smkettner
pchilds wrote:
smkettner wrote:Maybe the monthly connection fee should be matched to the PV rating.
Something like $2 per month per DC kW. No charge for first 2 kW.

How is the utility going to know, how many kWs of PV I have. :twisted:


I don't know your utility but most require an application and permit to generate electricity into the grid.
The system size would be on the application. Utility can inspect equipment and time they like.