all aspects of the solar systems components, installation and electric rates.
particular current interest is the effect of “net metering” in which solar system
owners can sell their “excess solar electricity” (at that point they are
suppliers) back to the “grid” for the utility’s “retail price”.
do not buy electricity at the “retail price” from suppliers; they buy a much
lower “supplier’s wholesale price”.
panel owners who use “net metering” are electricity suppliers and therefore
should be paid at the “supplier’s price” for their product.
is that solar owners are being subsidized by all the other customer-ratepayers.
example of this situation is Amazon’s massive solar system in Virginia
these issues is the fact that these electric energy producing facilities do not
produce power during low-sunlight conditions; therefore, they are dependent
upon the “grid” that is primarily supported by the other customers which is an
additional subsidizing of the solar electricity suppliers.
The Subsidizing Summary:
money “given” to every aspect of the solar industry
electricity suppliers being paid retail instead of wholesale
electricity suppliers getting free ride on the “grid” overhead costs
energy generation is indeed “green sustainable energy”.
is long overdue for that industry to stand on its own merits
electric energy suppliers should not be subsidized by other customers and
real cost-benefit of solar is best demonstrated by “off-grid” systems where
significant energy storage and supplemental energy supplies are required for 24/7/365 service.