[FoRK] suburban solar

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Thu Jan 3 07:40:54 PST 2013

1) Transportation of small amounts of electricity is still the longest 
tent in the pole or the hardest nut to crack, so capture/generation has 
to be decentralized as close to consumption as possible for that level.

2) Don't ever own the equipment. Surcharges are their way to get a very 
large percentage of any tax incentive, rebate, or private program 
funding that you would qualify for.  If you don't qualify for one, don't 
agree to any surcharges.

On 1/3/2013 12:52 AM, Dave Long wrote:
> Eugen has long championed suburban solar; apparently my electricity
> company agrees[0].
> The basic rate here is a bit under 15 ct/kWh, and the electric company
> is currently offering to lease photovoltaic production (with an
> estimated production of 150 kWh/m^2 per year) at 290 ct/m^2 per month
> Hmmm... upon calculation that seems like a hefty surcharge[1] to absorb
> their weather risk[2].
> -Dave
> [0] at least with the solar part, not sure where they intend to put the
> plant(s).
> [1] for comparison, without any lease arrangement one can pay a
> surcharge of 0,3 ct/kWh for hydro production, and a surcharge of 3
> ct/kwH for low-head hydro.
> [2] to be fair, they clearly state the surcharge in their FAQ ... and
> suggest that one compare it to the likely costs of self-production.
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