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diy solar

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Solar power eventually not hard to DIY, its just matter of time consume to work out the whole installation plan, including how big is the sizes, financially matters. Anyway i feel good and excited to see my own solar system being set up at my roof at the end.....

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Been thinking of spending less saving little from my coned bills. Anybody know in NJ we still have local subsidies (tax reduces or something)?

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The specific data points — average 20-year savings from going solar — for those states are as follows:

  • California: $34,260
  • New York: $31,166
  • Florida:     $33,284
  • Texas:      $20,960
  • Hawaii:     $64,769

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 I was seriously thinking of installing solar but then this comes along,  
 Oklahoma Gas and Electric, the state’s largest electricity utility, wants regulators to approve new fees for customers who install solar panels....   https://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2015/12/17/debate-over-tariff-exposes-rift-on-cost-of-electricity-and-value-of-solar-energy/

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What has happened since then (Dec 2015)?  Still up in the air?

I think part of the problem in this debate is that it is unclear from a typical electric bill how much we are really being charged to maintain the grid.  There is usually a base rate, but apparently it is also partially hidden in the per KWH rate.  Otherwise the utility would not be expecting solar users to pay more than the base rate.  When the utility comes out with a solar fee, you can't tell if it is fair or not.  If they separated the connection/grid maintenance cost from the KWH rate and applied that to everyone, there would be no need to charge solar customers differently.  If you are connected to the grid, you pay for grid maintenance according to the amount of electricity used regardless of where it comes from (grid or solar).  There would be no difference in the connection/grid maintenance part of the bill when someone goes from grid-only to solar.  The savings for the solar user would come from reducing the KWH part of the bill.  For the excess that goes back on the grid, the utility should pay a fair price, which is also a subject of debate.  By removing the grid cost from the KWH rate, it should be easier to establish that fair price.

Kevin H
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