Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Is Solar Fair to the Rest of Us

     Now that Indian River has solar panels, so will Watertown schools.. The current electrical grid is based on the notion of economies of scale providing affordability and the ability to maintian the grid for all when there is bad weather.
     As select users drop off (knowing the grid we all pay for is still there for their backup) the rest of us pay proportionately more. Yet most of the rest of us don't have the means or subsidy to build arrays.
     I'm not really against checking out new technologies, but am just asking  if excusing oneself from the grid on an a la carte basis is good policy ?
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/watertown-city-school-district-has-two-options-for-solar-power-ownership-or-joining-the-north-country-consortium-20160330

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course it's not fair to the rest of us. Redistribution seldom is.......

Anonymous said...

There's various incentives for solar, not sure Ive figuredout the incentives of what the school board does or what the master plan is, like why get the Reserve Center when the school is 2 years away from insolvency, now you have a vacant lot on Lansing St. and the buildings will have to be torn down.........But we have digital signs if front of both schools designed by the engineering cartel...

Anonymous said...

I will tell you what is not fair. When the solar scam companies are making the most money instead of the school or municipality that actually hosts the monstrosity eyesore panels.

Take the Sackets boondoggle proposal for instance. The scam is that, the solar company will put millions of dollars of land improvements, on public land and therefore pay no property taxes on them. It is no different than if a company made an agreement to build a strip mall on public land. (Except a strip mall actually serves a purpose).

If these panels made sense, then they would be the perfect thing to build all around the existing windmills and in place of any further proposed windmills.

I am talking about gigantic efficient placement of panels on entire farms. Not an acre or two of tax scam panels the backyard of a business.

Anonymous said...

Wind power and solar. Winners - Obama donors, the democratic party and other scam artists. Losers - the American people.

Anonymous said...

I many communities, users of solar energy still have to pay the power company for access to the grid, billing, etc. to cover those costs. It's usually around $20 a month for residences and presumably much more for commercial or government buildings. Is that not the case here?

Anonymous said...

As if the utility companies have ever passed back savings. It is fair, and more people (The city of Watertown) should be looking to alternative sources.

Anonymous said...

12:27pm

Utilities are forced to pay back consumers if their rates are unfair.
Solar and wind power is government sanctioned larceny and we are the victims.

Anonymous said...

I don't like the sun, I don't like the wind, and I don't like you. Welcome to Cape Vincent.

Anonymous said...

Why don't all public buildings have the same system any box store has today? Those shutter windows in the roof. They open wide during the peek sunny days, lower the lights down, saves big bucks. Sky lights? How hard is that?

Anonymous said...

The delivery charge for the alternative energy folks should be the same for the power they supply to the grid as it is for the power that is used by them.
Regardless of the direction that the power is going it is using the grid.

The delivery charges on the monthly bills are usually more than the amount of electric or gas used!
The average household user is taking it on the chin, a surcharge is applied to the monthly bills to assist in renewable energy and now we will be footing the entire bills for the distribution!