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  •  And if you can't net meter you can't sell (7+ / 0-)

    SRECs. We went solar last year. We ended up using a company in southern Maryland, Standard Solar, who did all the paper work for us, including applying for the tax credits and state grants. We do not have any battery back up (yet) so when the power goes out it goes out for us, too. So far that has not been a problem up here in northern Baltimore County, but it's something we'd like to remedy once we stop paying college tuition for the kids. Also, Maryland passed a law that requires Maryland-based companies to purchase Maryland-produced SRECs before they purchase any other SRECs which has helped keep Maryland SRECS prices higher.

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:03:21 AM PDT

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    •  Net metering is the only way in CA (2+ / 0-)
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      We had a 7kW Sungevity solar (only) system installed  with a 10 yr lease for $135/mo, zero down.

      Sale was held entirely by phone & email -- using Google maps.  They took several months to install, but handled all the paperwork.  I had to sign a few things, like building permits, but they filled out and submitted all paperwork to the proper authorities -- very painless.

      We don't get the tax credits because of the lease, but our real estate taxes didn't go up either.

      We are on net metering -- the only options allowed (as far as I know) are a fixed rate plan and a time of day plan.  Under the fixed rate plan, the meter runs forwards and backwards, we get a monthly statement showing where we stand for the month and year, and there is a settlement at the end of the year.  Last year we ended up owing a typical month's bill.  This year we're on track to do much better.

      Under the time of day plan, your rate depends on the time of day, with the highest rates paid 6 AM to 8 PM, and lowest after midnight.  So if your system is oriented to generate all day and the house is empty workdays, it may be a better way to go.  Sell high, buy low.

      I'm a fucking retard.

      by Helpless on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:04:38 PM PDT

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