Man installs $20,000 solar power system and sells power back to his utility.
They charge him for the power he used from the utility PLUS the power he
generated, then they credit him for the power he contributed to the system.
He's still ahead because they pay him more than they charge per kwh, but...
Oh, and this comes from a subsidiary of the TVA, supposedly one of the
cheapest providers in the nation.
I admit I have only read it once. It seems they should be neither
charging nor paying for electicity that he generates and uses.
OTOH, are they measuring everything he generates, and paying him for
all of it, including the portion that he uses, and then billing him
for everything he uses, including the part he generates. That would
be almost fair. But I have to read it again to see if that is what
they are saying.
TVA's Susan Ross, senior manager for end-use generation and storage,says
the customer must pay for energy he would have used in his home, and
providing electricity to the TVA is counted as using it, so the customer
must pay TVA. Sounds deceptive!
The power company agreed to pay him 15 cents but was charging him only
9.3 cents. That was not realistic. The net 5.7 cents he got may have
been a fair price. Unless solar electricity coincides with peak demand,
it's worth less than wholesale electricity from other sources.
Years ago the town put a meter on a neighbor's well because the mayor
decided to bill him for water from his own well. My neighbor had no
choice but to pay because it was a tax.
A subsequent administration stopped billing him for his own well water.
Lately, the old mayor began spreading the malicious rumor that he's a
freeloader who hasn't paid his water bill in years.
I looked at the URL some more and I can't tell what they're saying,
and those who comment have different ideas too. I'm surprised the
customer is taking it so well, except he had installed everything
before he learned of the plan. But others maybe were misled or at
least confused, before they invested in solar panels or windmills??
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