Net metering: A growing and worrisome trend

SAAEA 24 August 2012.

The rapid growth of solar rooftop PVs has significant unintended consequences. Policymakers and regulators in many parts of the world are supportive of any and all renewable energy resources, be it a giant 392 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, such as the one being built by BrightSource Energy Inc. at Ivanpah in Mojave Desert in Southern California, or a 10 kW solar PV system on someone’s roof, and everything in between…

The customer, who is paying virtually nothing due to net metering, is imposing a significant cost on the grid, which acts as a massive battery balancing unpredictable shifts in generation and consumption across hours and seasons. While the school district saves a hefty $3,5-million in reduced electricity costs, those costs must now be spread among the remaining customers…

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