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  •  Community solar would have (0+ / 0-)

    distribution costs and transmission losses (but the latter is free); and both access to community solar or having your own solar installation would add to the resale value of the house (although the community solar would distribute maintenance costs across the coop instead of putting the entire bill on you).


    by raincrow on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:11:37 AM PST

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    •  Transmission losses... (3+ / 0-)
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      kurt, Calamity Jean, mrkvica

      ...are built in to any net-metering scheme.  We are using the grid as a virtual battery.  What's actually happening is that during the sunny middle of the day, we are generating far more than we are using.  Electrons are flowing back into the neighborhood grid and being used by our neighbors who don't generate their own electricity.  Losses are happening.  At night, distant baseload generation is transmitted and distributed to us.  Losses are happening.  The more local solar that is installed, the lower the long-distance transmission losses during sunny times, whether the local solar is owned by a co-op or not.

      Increase in home value is iffy, IMHO.  Anything unconventional about a house reduces the pool of potential buyers, in my experience.

      Obama is still my guy.

      by AKguy on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:37:38 AM PST

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