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Old 08-29-2017, 11:57 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by cadillackid View Post
unfortunately many power compoanies arew finding loopholes in the laws and getting rid of net-metering... they start raising the "transmission fees" and lowering the Kwh in areas that are solar-rich. so they dont have to pay back anything!.
Yeah, the electric utilities didn't get A1 bond status by being nice to the communities they serve, that's for sure. That's why (among other reasons) I advocate just going bandit and backfeeding your solar output straight into your house power using a synchronizing inverter. You might not get the meter to spin backwards, but you can offset A/C energy costs on sunny days.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:46 PM   #12
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This year Indiana lawmakers just initiated the death knell of net metering. I'm not sure how they would know if it was mobile or not, or if that has been legally tested, but I read that as long as the solar or wind generator is installed soon you are grandfathered in to the retail rate. Over the next few years they will start putting the screws to home generators until it's basically feasible only if you get batteries or forget about producing your own power.

The poor utility companies just can't make money with all these solar panels producing free volts! And then who will keep the power lines up?

Our best hope is electric vehicles charging from solar so we can subvert two entrenched utilities at once! Like Blockbuster when Netflix happened.

I would totally go for solar panels on the bus, in fact I've been thinking about the same thing. Albeit more from an off-grid home standpoint. Obviously it's going to come down to your priorities and $$$$.
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:05 PM   #13
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