Monday, February 2, 2015
However -- I'm not quite as close to recouping the 800 bucks I spent installing that thing last October as I thought. I just entered my January reading, 2182 kwh. You'd think that this would mean 2 SRECs have been earned since installation, given that it's one SREC per every 1,000 kwh generated. But the broker's website did not award that second one. Talk about a let-down after hitting the return key!
I just sent in my query about this to their help desk, but I think I figured it out. I'm guessing that the approximately 500 kwh that was sitting on the meter on December 31, 2014 goes bye-bye. I hope not. I think that's asinine.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Not bad, considering we just came out air-conditioning season...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
and an electrician to install it.
It's not the most glamorous thing I've ever seen. I was hoping for something high-tech, but it looks like something from the sixties*. Oh well, no matter. It only cost $685, installed. It'll pay for itself in half a year, tops. I've already let my SREC broker know that we're getting back into the SREC business. We'll have to make a modification to our account, I suppose, and then I'll have to figure out where to enter the meter readings. Then we'll be back in the clean energy market.
* On the other hand, I'm something from the sixties myself, 1963 to be exact, so who am I to complain?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
So who wins in the new scenario? Installers and electricians stand to benefit, I suppose. I chose not to spend the money on new equipment, mostly because SRECs are near worthless right now and it would take nearly a year just to break even. But I'm sure some people will make the investment.
The SREC brokers? I'm not sure. There will probably be fewer SRECs to broke. On the other hand, if that's the case, then that makes SRECs more valuable, I'd think, so commissions would be bigger. It's probably a wash for them, at best.
The big power companies that are required to purchase the SRECs? If what I said above is true, I'd think they'll have to pay more per SREC now. Not more than they were two years ago, though, when they were going for ten times what they go for now.
So, after two minutes of deep reflection, I don't see any obvious winners here as a result of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) decision to require the new equipment. Anybody else have an idea? Why did they do this?
Friday, December 14, 2012
They replied that the new meter is "in addition to the electric meter installed by the local utility to measure the home or business' electric consumption." (that's a quote from the NJ BPU declaration).
They added that "if the meter you are speaking about is your utility net meter, then it is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the NJ BPU mandate."
I dunno', I guess I'm supposed to feel like an idiot, but I just don't. This shouldn't be so complicated, but I still haven't seen a simple explanation as to what equipment is needed in order to continue to accrue SRECs. After asking various questions of various people I'm now satisfied that my setup doesn't cut the mustard,
A simple paragraph and maybe a schematic or diagram showing what is needed and where it fits into the existing system would do wonders to clear this up for me and the dozens of blog readers that are e-mailing me. Part of the problem is that there really isn't an advocate for the small solar producers, somebody who has a stake in getting this message delivered clearly.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Here are the two lists on that page. I'm inferring that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) is saying that if it's approved on one of these lists, it's good enough for them. It might be worth a few minutes to look. Maybe your meter is good enough:
New York State Department of Public Service
My meter (General Electric I-210+C, installed by PSE&G on July 25, 2012) is marked as "approved" on the New York list but as "not approved" on the California list. I just e-mailed my broker about it, because they seem to be the gatekeeper here, but I don't have much hope. I already annoyed the hell out of them a couple of weeks ago and was finally told that my meter doesn't meet the standard. I just figured that now that I'd seen a list, I'd ask again and point the list out.