20 Apr ’15
I have a PV system with Netmetering. It's a 2.8 kW system. I also have a wind turbine at 2.4 kW. Total cost was about $19k each. This included Engineering, which was required for the permit. I got the Federal tax rebate, and I also got about $6K back from the state. This added up to almost, but not quite half of my expenditure.
It's been a very positive experience for me. Only problem, the Utility here in CO has raised the base fee twice now. It started at $9.99 per month, went up to $19.99, and now sits at $29.99. Mountain View Electric claims to be pro-renewable, but their actions speak otherwise. They have actually lowered the Usage Rate at the same time that they raised these fixed rates! It pays to own a energy guzzling trophy home!
I run a surplus EVERY month, and get a check at the end of the year. Now the check doesn't even cover the accrued fixed rate.
My complaint is mild though, as I really do enjoy the renewables, and the security of netmetering. Yes, if I lose power, my units shut down. Not a big deal - maybe once every 2 years.
20 Mar ’17
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