Creating a ‘Win-Win-Win’ Situation for the Solar Industry, Utilities, and Customers

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When the conversation about proliferating distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) turns to the growing concerns of the utilities, it’s not uncommon to hear solar industry folks uttering dismissive things like “ah, they’ll figure it out” or “they should have seen this coming.” In fairness to the...

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  • DanS26DanS26 Solar Expert Posts: 241 ✭✭✭
    Re: Creating a ‘Win-Win-Win’ Situation for the Solar Industry, Utilities, and Customers

    If you want to get to Win-Win-Win, then all the players have to give up something.

    The solar PV industry has to continue to reduce costs so that they become the low cost producer of energy, even if this means lower profits.

    The utilities have to accept the new player in energy generation. They have to separate separate the cost of producing energy vs the cost of distributing energy. They need to pay solar producers a fair wholesale cost of energy production and then charge a reasonable rate for the distributed generators to use the grid as a battery.

    The customer has to accept the fact that their neighbors do NOT subsidize their solar system. That means no net metering and mostly lower government subsidies. They have to give up net metering and they have to pay to use the grid as their battery bank.

    If these basic concepts are accepted nationwide....everyone wins.
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