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Anyone have a grid-tied solar power setup on their home? [message #14405] Sun, 08 October 2017 18:10 Go to next message
Michael Bacarella is currently offline  Michael Bacarella
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I installed a solar power system on my camper van earlier this year and was
pleasantly surprised by how easy the process was. I'm thinking of doing
one for my house too.

There's this spot on EWEB's site that says they do net metering, meaning
they pay you for energy you put back into the system. Sounds promising.

Have you done this? How did it go? Does EWEB really credit you for every
kilowatt-hour you put back into the system

Did you do the work yourself? I'm not shy of doing electrical work but the
grid tie-in part seems pretty intimidating.
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Re: Anyone have a grid-tied solar power setup on their home? [message #14406 is a reply to message #14405] Sun, 08 October 2017 18:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Paris John Sinclair is currently offline  Paris John Sinclair
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One of my relatives did it and the steps were buying a digital meter
from EWEB, buying an EWEB-approved inverter (their list includes all
the usual brands, no monopoly or gimmick) and then plugging it in. It
isn't much more than that. The difficulty is the same as replacing a
dead breaker switch; care required, but not difficult. She did it
herself and said it was easier than a battery based system.

A lot of people don't want to buy the digital meter because that is
the most expensive part and everybody will get one for free when they
eventually switch over. The old meters are one-way. They delayed the
switch-over because people protested the built in wifi.

In the end you get credited at wholesale for whatever net you
generate, meaning the electricity you use while your system is running
won't get counted at all; so you're offsetting your own use at retail,
and then getting wholesale on your surplus. And you're lowering the
carbon footprint of your neighbors air conditioner!

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Re: Anyone have a grid-tied solar power setup on their home? [message #14428 is a reply to message #14406] Wed, 11 October 2017 15:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michael Bacarella is currently offline  Michael Bacarella
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On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 6:49 PM, Paris John Sinclair
wrote:

> One of my relatives did it and the steps were buying a digital meter
> from EWEB, buying an EWEB-approved inverter (their list includes all
> the usual brands, no monopoly or gimmick) and then plugging it in. It
> isn't much more than that. The difficulty is the same as replacing a
> dead breaker switch; care required, but not difficult. She did it
> herself and said it was easier than a battery based system.
>


> A lot of people don't want to buy the digital meter because that is
> the most expensive part and everybody will get one for free when they
> eventually switch over. The old meters are one-way. They delayed the
> switch-over because people protested the built in wifi.
>


> In the end you get credited at wholesale for whatever net you
> generate, meaning the electricity you use while your system is running
> won't get counted at all; so you're offsetting your own use at retail,
...

Re: Anyone have a grid-tied solar power setup on their home? [message #14429 is a reply to message #14428] Wed, 11 October 2017 16:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Paris John Sinclair is currently offline  Paris John Sinclair
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I don't remember what it was, and she moved and does passive solar now.

What I do remember is only that it is the real wholesale rate that
they use to buy from other sources. It is probably whatever the lowest
non-subsidized contract rate is; eg, same as what a small natural gas
generator would get. The "net metering" is the more important part
IMO, because some private utilities game it and measure everything you
use, not just the net, and you end up still paying the difference for
what you generated.


On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 3:22 PM, Michael Bacarella
wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 6:49 PM, Paris John Sinclair
> wrote:
>>
>> One of my relatives did it and the steps were buying a digital meter
>> from EWEB, buying an EWEB-approved inverter (their list includes all
>> the usual brands, no monopoly or gimmick) and then plugging it in. It
>> isn't much more than that. The difficulty is the same as replacing a
>> dead breaker switch; care required,
...

Re: Anyone have a grid-tied solar power setup on their home? [message #14430 is a reply to message #14429] Wed, 11 October 2017 16:10 Go to previous message
sschering is currently offline  sschering
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If all goes to plan we should have a 5.3kw system installed in a month or
two. Eweb installed a new digital meter when the main panel was replaced
in July. They are checking to see if it's a model compatible with net
metering.

On Oct 11, 2017 4:01 PM, "Paris John Sinclair"
wrote:

> I don't remember what it was, and she moved and does passive solar now.
>
> What I do remember is only that it is the real wholesale rate that
> they use to buy from other sources. It is probably whatever the lowest
> non-subsidized contract rate is; eg, same as what a small natural gas
> generator would get. The "net metering" is the more important part
> IMO, because some private utilities game it and measure everything you
> use, not just the net, and you end up still paying the difference for
> what you generated.
>
>
> On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 3:22 PM, Michael Bacarella
> wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 6:49 PM, Paris John Sinclair EMAIL HID
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