Great explanation, thanks for that. Pretty sad what is going on right now. Arizona is fighting hard, but it's pretty tough out there. But the way I see it, we have no choice but to muscle through and win this thing. It's just a matter of time and effort.
Anonymous's comment against Enphase and for SolarEdge is full of bias and inaccuracies. You are perfectly entitled to your opinion, but what you have put together here is quite off base. I don't have time to clarify in detail, but wanted to mention to any readers that they should do their research.
Derrick: check this link out for AC coupling with Enphase
There is still a long road ahead of us in determining the fate of net metering. In Arizona, essentially no determination has been made. A small fee has been put in place, but that was just a political move to push it to the next rate case when the real discussion will begin. The question of net metering is not going away any time soon.
Good job, Mr. Ferra. I agree that we need to work to democratize our energy system. We do not have the same RPS issues in Arizona, but that is a big one to keep our eye on as this industry grows. I would be game for a feed-in-tarrif if the dollar value actually makes sense. I think a national FIT would be tough because power costs fluctuate so much from state to state, but I like the potential of a proper FIT. We need actual energy experts and people who know math to calculate this rate which should by no means equate to the going rate of wholesale power. That equation would ignore so many other advantages of solar located at the point of consumption.
The social injustice argument is simply ignorant. There are several avenues by which any American able to obtain a vehicle can also obtain a solar system. Financing now requires no out-of-pocket and there is always the less-preferable lease which has been around for years.
Great post John. I think there is a definite overlap between your work and you father's, and the world clearly needs more like you both. Only in the past few years have I really seen a large scale grouping of people pushing hard in the right direction. We are on our way to fixing this place.
I agree that there is still work to be done on a system that allows for retail buy-back unless the energy produced is offsetting energy consumed. As much as I would love to invest in solar on open spaces and earn retail price, it needs more thought. But in the mean time, virtual net metering should be put in place everywhere allowing residential or commercial customers to invest in solar that will directly offset their own consumption with the same utility company. This is forward thinking, fair, and will encourage the expansion of renewables. Sure it means less revenue for utilities, but then that is the whole point of solar to begin with, so I can't find a fault in that.
A program like this is simply a no brainer if only we could more easily get the utilities on board. What incentives do utilities have to offer virtual net metering, so that owners of community solar will be able to offset their own home/building consumption with an off-site array?
Great post! The Tipping Point is a great read and sure does apply well to our industry!
Great feature, we need more humanitarians like Walt. Very impressive.