by Brent Sauser
Duke Energy in Florida boasts a 500% increase in customer owned solar in the past five years. My humble 7.5 kW roof top solar array is included in that remarkable growth. In fact, with only 29 days in the month of February, we still managed to generate 760kWh of power. Considering our average monthly consumption is around 580kWh, we should be banking quite a few kWh’s for the future.
The unfortunate recent anti-solar legislation in Nevada has crippled renewable energy for next foreseeable future. Nevada is the EXCEPTION to the growing renewable market, NOT the rule. Few states share that backward, 19th Century, non-renewable energy resource mindset. Nevada has decided to sit on the sidelines of 21st Century progress by watching other states like Florida, Hawaii, South Carolina, etc. take a giant step into the environmental benefits of renewable, sustainable energy. I can get used to paying $7.44 per month on my energy bill. How about you?
It is encouraging to see Duke Energy and other utilities embrace the move toward renewable energy, as well as inviting the general public to participate in the sustainable energy process. This tax season we have taken full advantage of the 30% Federal Tax Credit ($7,800), which lowered the overall installation costs considerably and substantially reduced our tax burden.
Aside from those living in Nevada, I invite you to check into installing your own roof top solar array. Oh, and be sure to check the current and pending state legislation regarding solar. Chances are you will find your power utility willing to work with you with your solar installation. It is a money saving benefit to you and an energy resource for them . . . win-win.
This is how Net-Metering works for Duke Energy:
Duke Energy supports renewable energy and has a program that allows customers that own renewable generation, such as solar or wind that is installed at your residence or business, to use the energy output at your site to offset your electric consumption from Duke Energy. At any time your system produces more energy than required to power your home or building, the excess energy may be applied as a credit to any current and future bills. This process is known as net-metering.