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Posted by Jim Stack on Oct 30, 2009 11:40 pm

#1 -  Renewable Energy > Rebate Programs and Net Metering regulations > Feed In Tarrif for Solar
  Solar Energy that produces no pollution, uses no water and is made right when we need it during the Peak Time Of Day should be paid more. In a few areas of the USA klike Gainsville they have FIT, and pay 2 1/2 times what they bill you per KwH. Now that's a production based incentive.

  This should be a national law like they have proposed for Net-metering. We have subsidies coal, natural gas and nuclear for 30 years and their costs are only going to go up more and more. With a FIT we can produce more energy and make it pay those who help.

   The carbon tax and enforcement of the clean water act after 30 years of neglect make solar even more valuable. Let's get the right laws in place to make a real difference.

Posted by Jim Stack on May 11, 2008 11:18 pm

#2 -  Renewable Energy > Rebate Programs and Net Metering regulations > SOLAR ROI payback
Many talk about the Return On Investment of solar. There was a great article in Home Power Issue 100 a while back where a friend Paul Symansky wrote how you get an 8% return , this was before Federal incentives or good net-metering.

   It just keeps getting better. Did you also know that you get a 4 times faster return if you use the solar to charge your plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle ? Just do basic math, an EV goes about 20-30 miles on 80 cents of Amerixcan AC power. Most cars go 20-30 miles on a gallon of gas that is 60% imported oil and costs $3.50 and rising. It really cost our country $7-8 bucks since we still give incentives to big oil and have for 30 years.

   That doesn't even count the reduced pollution, less water use since solar uses none and energy security. Some even add the cost of the free Iraq oil at 3 trillion. What a payback if we all did our part.

    Just think about it. What a difference you can make in the world and save money too. I guess that's why we call it GREEN living.   

Posted by Jim Stack on May 11, 2008 11:09 pm

#3 -  Renewable Energy > Rebate Programs and Net Metering regulations > Re: Introduction to Rebate Programs and Net Metering
Arizona is finally getting some good net-metering. The 2 largest utilities SRP and APS now have full retail net-metering. The Sate Arizona Corporation Commission is adding a rule to require all regulated utilities to provide net-metering with full 1 year credit carryover.

   This is really big news. Next I hope to find a way for customers that take an incetive to keep their REC Renewable Energy Credits. I have mine since I added my system in 2001 before incentives or even net-metering. 

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