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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

2013 Results -- first full year of co-generation

This blog is not dead.  2013 was almost uneventful.  The broken solar panel was replaced under warranty by Centrosolar AG.  Their Scottsdale AZ office determined that it was a warranty issue.  The panel was in stock.  They sent out an electrical contractor to install it.  No charge.

AZ electric companies asked for 50 dollars per month from each residential solar installation, and settled for a fee based on size and which will average 5 dollars per month.  Mine would be 16 dollars, but I'm in the grandfathered class of systems installed prior to the new fee schedule.  After the news of this fee, which was touted to be a way of sharing the cost of the power grid infrastructure, APS was on camera and the newscaster asked what the average cost per month was for the grid infrastructure.  They said $2.30... so they asked for more than 20 times that, and settled for a little over double.  What a bunch of criminals.  The AZ Corporation Commission should review that footage and rescind their ruling.

At the end of the year, on the date of the December meter reading by APS, the surplus power was 10,356kWh.  For this I received a billing credit of $278.  That was quite insultingly low, considering they sold that power for at least 3000 dollars.  I have written to the AZ Corporation Commissioners. I await their response, but doubt anything will change.

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