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California utilities losing money on increased solar panel usage

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by MayrMeninoCrash, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    Who'da thunk requiring power companies to buy back electricity from people with solar panels at rates equal to what they charge would bite us in the ass?

     
  2. mikeybot

    mikeybot SPANAKOPITA!!!

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    Short-sighted planning in California? That's unpossible!
     
  3. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    Yeah that doesn't make sense, because there is still some amount of overhead that PG&E has to deal with when transferring the electricity, even though the infrastructure is already in place.

    Not to mention it's a business that has to make a profit. They should be paying wholesale prices.
     
  4. Lord Zero

    Lord Zero Viciously Silly

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    If California was a person chained into a restraint seat in an underground room with absolutely no limb use and you gave him a dollar, told him to save it and turned around, when you turn back around, the dollar would be on fire. Everyone involved would spend the rest of their lives wondering how he did it.
     
  5. weeniewawa

    weeniewawa it's a man, baby!!!

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    it is not short sighted.

    this was planned just as with all of these plans.

    it was not to make solar cheaper, it was to increase conventional power generation costs so high that it makes solar look cheap

    the same way barry wants to make electric cars less expensive than gas burning cars by driving up the cost of gasoline
     
  6. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    It's also a way of making general customers subsidize those who install solar. By forcing the utility company to pay them an inflated price, those loses have to be passed on to everyone else. You're paying for your neighbor to install solar (and this is just one example of how that is happening).
     
  7. THE FEZ MAN

    THE FEZ MAN as a matter of fact i dont have 5$

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    fuck em. they are saving money on not having to build and maintain power plants
     
  8. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    The problem is all of those greedy cunts that need power when the sun goes down because their magic roof mirrors stop working for about 12 hours.
     
  9. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    Um, no. Unless you are joking. The panels charge batteries that run the power at night. If you make enough power to sell back to the grid, you are completely power self sufficient.
     
  10. MayrMeninoCrash

    MayrMeninoCrash Liberal Psycopath

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    A lot of the solar installations here are connected directly to a house inverter. A bank of batteries is a separate expense. When the sun is out the excess power is sent back to the grid and when the sun isnt out the house relies on grid power. Hence my snarky response.
     

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