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Words of Wisdom/Reminder From Our Value of Solar Friend, Karl Rabago | Sun Is The Future

Words of Wisdom/Reminder From Our Value of Solar Friend, Karl Rabago

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Here are some words of wisdom/reminder from our Value of Solar friend, Karl Rabago, below:

I don’t want to be negative about a story that is basically positive about rooftop solar. So I won’t. The story would be better if the author had addressed a couple of key points: (1) Rooftop solar customers are generally not engaged in sales of solar power. There is a way to do that, and it involves forming a business, calculating depreciation, etc. Most rooftop solar customers generate primarily for their own use. They are merely offsetting their consumption with generation. An important difference for a number of tax-related reasons. (2) Second, not all electricity is worth the same amount. The excess electricity that solar customers generate when the sun is shining is typically the most valuable electricity of the day and year. They are helping the utility and other customers meet need at the most expensive time of day, and get a credit back at night when electricity is worth a lot less. (3) Rooftop solar is not really about competition with the monopoly. That is a bit of an oxymoron. It is about something more exciting – a form of collaborative consumption. The hype term is that the customer has become a “prosumer” – a producing consumer. That is even more exciting, and challenging, because it positions customers in a place of self-empowerment (forgive the pun). (4) Delay (like in GA) might reduce risk of errors, but it is still delay. And bad things are happening while we slow down solar. There is no reason to delay solar anymore with regulator caution and monopoly maneuvering. (5) Georgia made a significant shift when the utility and the regulators began to realize that the Value of Solar is greater than the value of traditional combustion-based power. The legislature was in the lead in California on this point – they created strong incentives to help this critical technology succeed. (6) Many utilities, including Southern Company’s Georgia Power are still trying to hobble solar market growth. The utility industry has a strong bias to owning all the solar, so they can profit by it. Following that path would surely limit the amazing potential of distributed energy resources of all kinds. The GA Public Service Commission still has a lot of work to do.

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