Solar Power In Tucson Arizona
Solar Power Is A Great Idea With Some Big Tradeoffs
Arizona solar power is a hot topic. No pun intended. Arizona ranks second in the U.S. for rooftop solar. Arizona ranks first for utility-scale solar power plants.
Solar Power Update – Just Released – September 11, 2018
The Arizona Corporate Commission granted TEP’s request to end the solar net-metering program.
When a solar company designs a custom system for you, it’s designed to purposely overproduce power so when the sun goes down you pull back the overproduction created during the day so you don’t purchase that power from TEP.
Sending the extra power back to the grid is accomplished using net-meters. As you can imagine, TEP does not like this program as it allows each solar customer to separate relie less on TEP receive cheaper electric power.
On September 11th, TEP’s wish to remove the Net-Metering program was granted. It goes into effect in 10 days.
Tucson Electric Power is one of the nation’s leading solar power utilities. Since Tucson AZ has over 350 days of sunshine each year this shouldn’t be a surprise. TEP’s renewable energy programs have generated awards and recognition.
Home Solar Power
TEP’s Solar Program offers an easy and affordable way to meet your electric needs. TEP customers have the opportunity to buy this solar power on a monthly basis. But TEP is proposing higher charges and fewer credits for homes with rooftop solar.
To Go Solar Or Not To Go Solar
Customers can buy some or all of your power through the program. It will reduce or eliminate the use of energy from “conventional” resources. However, the solar power program will increase your electric bill.
While solar power in Arizona seems to be a no-brainer, it’s not. Arizona solar power is ground zero in a potential battle over solar energy incentives. The battle concerns the ability of homeowners with rooftop solar power systems to sell power back to utility companies.
At the core of the issue is whether or not utilities will be allowed to derail the decentralized “distributed generation” energy movement.
The use of “net metering” is a target for the Arizona Public Service. APS is Arizona’s largest utility. APS is battling solar power system installers over “net metering”.
Net metering allows homeowners to receive a credit on their electric bills for any excess electricity generated by their home solar panels. These credits and the ability to offset future rate increases has been a driver for an increasing number of homeowners moving to Arizona solar power.
So what is the future of Arizona solar power? Well, it should be bright and sunny. Pun intended!
Before you pull the trigger on solar panels for your home, check out these considerations.
The Economics Of Solar Power For The Utilities
However, the question is at what cost? As homeowners install home solar power units on their homes it creates issues for utilities. Utilities suggest the grid is not made for receiving input from an ever increasing number of home solar power systems.
Utilities love big! Big coal power plants. Big nuclear power plants and Big solar power plants. Critics suggest utilities such as APS are trying to stymie home rooftop solar power.
As everyone knows, utilities are monopolies. Monopolies must maintain their hold on power generation from all sources. Remember personal computers vs mainframes?
Utilities must build larger centralized solar power plants to meet state renewable energy mandates. That mission is in conflict homeowners having home solar power systems.
Another issue related to having solar panels is are the solar panels leased, financed, or 100% paid for. If leased or financed, you the seller may have a problem when selling your home. Watch this video of a real life scenario when a buyer tried to buy a home with solar panels.
The battle has been started, but the outcome is uncertain. So if you are considering a home solar power system, take the time to understand the issues. And potential outcomes.
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