Amerilards will defend this.
>Although Nevada is one of the sunniest places in the world, there has recently been a dark cloud hovering over the rooftop solar industry in the state. Just before Christmas, Nevada’s public utility commission (PUC) gave the state’s only power company, NV Energy, permission to charge higher rates and fees to solar panel users – a move that immediately shattered the rooftop solar industry’s business model.
>In addition to the new monthly fee, which will increase to $40 from $12 over the next five years, customers like Stewart will get less back from the utility for energy their solar panels capture and feed into the main power grid. Whereas previously they received full retail value for their surplus electricity, soon NV Energy will only pay a third of that price for exported electricity.
>The uneven effect would be that during dark hours and cloudy days, solar customers could pay full price for energy, even after contributing two or three times as much electricity to the power grid during the same day. As the Alliance for Solar Choice frames it, the $40 fee eliminates the $11 to $15 solar users typically save on their monthly electricity bills.
>“It’s simple math,” said Bryan Miller, president of the Alliance for Solar Choice. “The commission eliminated all solar savings. People would pay more for going solar rather than less. It has left companies no choice but to stop doing business in the state.”
If you Americans are too stupid to understand what's going on, the governor of Nevada pulled a bait-and-switch on consumers to protect NV Energy’s monopoly profits
If you do solar, go completely off the grid. I don't think that rooftop solar should get full price for the electricity they generate as it's a very unreliable source i.e. it's never on and generating like a true power plant.
Anyway solar is always been a gov funded boondoggle so why are these fucks even surprised?
As a conservative I'm not going to defend that. It's crony capitalism and this is the garbage that has ruined this country. If and when renewable energy becomes more common I guarantee you that the corporatocracy will tax the sun and win
Well filthy democrat Warren Buffett is in charge of NV Energy, it's part of the Buffett clan of crap.
But who the fuck is so stupid to invest $40,000 in solar panels when you're 69? Stupid old fuck.
>raise fee to more than 3x its original value
>only have to pay electricity producers 1/3rd of the value of the electricity they produce
Wow holy fucking shit that's probably the most retarded fucking thing I've ever seen. Just more evidence that power companies have their fingers so far up the Government's ass that they can literally rip off anyone they want.
Not by more than initial cost though. Especially now with this ruling. I'd never buy a house with installed solar unless it was under 5 years old and had immaculate maintenance records. Talk about a potential money pit.
That feel when it doesnt matter, all they need to do is construct battery banks to hold the energy harvested by their solar panels and tell the power company to suck a dogs dick.
Really, it's not even that expensive or complicated to build a reliable lithium ion battery bank.
Also, Tesla is about to put their prefab one on the market.
NV power is only delaying the inevitable.
Solar installers will design new plans around lithium battery banks and encourage homeowners to go off grid.
Energy company profits will plummet, and they'll gain nothing from solar homes.
This was a BAD move.
But remember the power that residences produce is an inconsistent source that the grid has to deal with. I'm sure that power distribution systems would rather not have that shit tied into the grid at all. Here's a link describing how net metering is harmful to the poor and minorities that the libs all love
I might think it's less bullshit based on the reasoning that it's not a 1:1 return, but cutting the amount of money that electrical companies are required to pay solar energy producers to 1/3rd of its value while simultaneously tripling the fee they have to pay is completely fucking ridiculous.
It's like someone saying that your finger is gangrenous so they have to amputate your entire forearm.
Congrats, you're a genius, you figured out that living in a capitalist society you're always at the mercy of the procuders of goods.
That being said, I'd rather pay a battery company once every 5 years to replace my shit than pay the cunts at the power plant monthly.
>Don't live in Nevada and I don't care
I'm moving to Nevada in a few weeks and I still don't care. NV Energy can never rape me as bad as the 300 a month I pay for electricity in PA.
Musk is in trouble.
Energy companies should be under no obligation to pay people for their solar panels or charge them lower rates than everybody else. If the homeowner panels were actually beneficial to them they would be trying to encourage more people to do it.
Further proof that solar is shit and can only be viable through massive subsidization and cost to the taxpayer.
Real link to article
There was no mention of costs to the utility company to upgrade their grid to handle solar panels.
This has been a big problem in Hawaii.
I thought the whole fucking point of solar panelling every square inch of your property was to disconnect from the grid?
WTF? So they sold solar as a profit driven "you can sell electricty to the grid" scenario, which then turned out to be bullshit in practice? And nobody, not one person, stopped to check if it was true?
>completely failing to understand the issue
solar is still inefficient and is only made economically viable by government subsidies and taking advantage of infrastructure built and maintained at the expense of energy companies
there SHOULD be a fee. whether or not this is too high is another issue entirely
also all energy subsidies should be eliminated, both for renewables and fossil fuels
Could be an "electrical leak". No where is going to protect you from high prices if your stupid. Educate yourself.
>the governor of Nevada pulled a bait-and-switch on consumers to protect NV Energy’s monopoly profits (what else is new??)
You can also be VERY sure that this ASS-HOLE had something to do with this and he will also profit from it somehow too. But you fucks in Nevada still re-elect this douchebag right back into office each year so look in the mirror when seeking a blame. (pic related / referenced)
>Depends if you get your panels at a good price and where the market goes in the future.
I'm sure it varies a lot especially from state to state, but I believe most people just lease the solar panels from the company and that is how they get their return back. However this becomes a huge problem when going to resell your house because the new owner has to agree to the lease that you signed with the Solar company.
Of course you could simply buy them outright, but I think many of the batteries have a short lifespan which again can fuck up you trying to sell your home. If the panels are even a few years old, the potential buyer will have an expensive repiar/upgrade they may not want to deal with in the near future.
Pretty much the only reason people do it now is because of the kick backs that are only possible because of the huge government subsidies which will not last forever.