Every October, I’ve been writing an annual update blog post to keep readers up to date on how my solar array is working out. Here’s yet another, with some interesting details.
Net metering can lead to a problematic situation. If a particular household has more solar (or other energy generation) than they need to cover their annual usage, they would end up building a larger and larger credit with the utility. Theoretically, there are at least two options for what can be done with this excess energy: Either the utility can pay the customer for it (perhaps at a wholesale rate), or the utility can throw away the credit from time to time.
Washington State law says that this credit shall be thrown away:
“On April 30th of each calendar year, any remaining unused kilowatt-hour credit accumulated during the previous year shall be granted to the electric utility, without any compensation to the customer-generator.” – RCW 80.60.030(5)
In general I am fine with this policy, although it’d be neat if people could be paid some for the power. The problem I have with it is the second and third words: “April 30th”.
As of the beginning of October, it has now been a full year since our first solar array came online. I decided that it would be appropriate to start writing annual reports for our solar array, and this seems like a good time to start!
It has now been quite a while since we’ve completed our second solar array. Things have been going GREAT so I thought it would be good to share exactly how great it’s been going. First of all, on July 19th we had a gathering of electric vehicles at our house, and we parked them all […]
A couple months ago, I wrote in a post that we were preparing to install more solar panels. As of a couple weeks ago, this was completed and we’ve been producing a lot of power lately as a result (as it’s been unseasonably sunny). We were able to complete the install over about 5½ days, […]
Just a few months after installing our first set of solar panels, we’re already working on our second! A bit of review: Our first array was installed back in September and went live October 4th. It’s a 6 kW array, made up of 24 itek 250-watt panels, each with an Enphase m215 microinverter. So far […]
On Saturday, itek Energy, the producer of the solar panels used in our system, held public tours of their factory, right here in Bellingham. We got to tour with a small group of folks at 10:30am — we learned a lot and took some photos. Here’s what we got out of it: itek receives the […]
We have solar panels! The install went great. I was very impressed with the Western Solar crew. They really know what they are doing and they do it well. They have great attention to detail and so produce quality stuff, but they do it quickly and efficiently. I want to extend my thanks to everyone […]