Turbo3 wrote:When I installed my solar I paid a one time charge for the TOU meter so I have no daily meter charge. E-7 rate closed back in 1/1/2008 so if you don't already have it you can't get it.
I now wish I had gone with E7. E6 is much worse than E7, and as you noted, E9 seems to really stink for solar.
I installed a relatively small (south-facing) 2.1KW system as I was just trying to get out of the (six years ago) $.19/KWh and $.23/KWh brackets rather than zero my bill or consumption. I calculated (after watching the meter for several days) that with 2.1KW I couldn't even manage to save enough to pay back the one-time cost of the TOU meter (on E7 even).
The key for TOU, of course, is to never consume power during summer peak, or you automatically lose. You have to not only cover your consumption but ideally push as much back into the grid as possible so you can buy it back later at the cheaper off-peak rates.
With my Leaf coming (hopefully) soon, I'm considering adding another 2.5KW, west facing this time, in conjunction with switching to TOU (E6). But what I'd really like is to see a new tariff aimed at people with solar AND EV. Without that, I'm inclined to stick with E1 for the time being, even if it means I pay a little more to charge my car.