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Subject: Re: Solar costs Date: 12/19/2012 8:39 AM
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Nobody can stay in business if you have to buy and sell at the same price.

Just for the record, the laws (at least in the states I've investigated) do not require utilities to buy everything you produce. They only have to buy an excess over what you consume, which is usually very little.

And to encourage homeowners to "right size" their systems, utilities do not have to buy more than 5% of your over-production, meaning there is a strong disincentive for people to put more capacity on their roof than they will personally use, plus or minus a small amount. (There may be other rules for industrial producers, or not, I don't know, I've only looked into home systems.)

Yes, in aggregate it's still a small problem for the utility, but I am sure the laws will be amended when the time comes that the utilities make their case to legislators and the economics so dictate.
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