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Why would I need a PV system that only meets some of my energy needs?

asked 2015-04-21 10:28:45 -0500

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updated 2015-04-21 10:29:01 -0500

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We're thinking about going solar and we've had several installers tell us we don't need a system that meets all of our energy needs. We live in Austin. Why would we want a system that doesn't do as much as it could?

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answered 2015-04-23 15:14:48 -0500

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updated 2015-04-23 15:14:48 -0500

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Austin, Texas is in a unique situation. Austin Energy, the municipal electrical utility, pays producers of solar energy for the power they create according to a policy called the Value of Solar or VOST. The VOST rate takes into account that using clean energy creates external savings. (Think of all the new power plants that wont have to be built and the environmental protection programs that won't have to be put into place!) So the VOST rate is usually higher than what a customer pays for "regular" electricity. But because you are compensated by Austin Energy for the power you produce with credits, you can maximize your savings without having to match your level of energy production to your level of energy consumption.

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answered 2015-04-24 09:07:07 -0500

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updated 2015-04-24 09:07:07 -0500

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Since you're getting more money per kWh for solar than you would otherwise pay AE, and since the VOST payments can never exceed the amount of your monthly bill (credits carry forward), you get the most bang for your buck strategically sizing your solar system to offset just below what you normally use and you will then be able to target offsetting all or most of your billed amount over the year, saving thousands!

All that said, depending on your values and goals, offsetting all of your consumption with solar may be attractive to you as it eliminates your carbon and pollution impact entirely. Your call!

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answered 2015-05-18 05:16:53 -0500

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updated 2015-05-18 05:36:13 -0500

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When people install PV panels on their poofs, it usually takes time to make this decision and to understand if they really worth the expenses and efforts. First of all, it is a very important step, because you move in the right direction of going green. At the same time, it is not the same as buying a vacuum cleaner to easy some work. Solar panels open new and new opportunities to their owners. There is quite clear explanation for this topic in this blog http://solarpanelscompany.com/blog/solar-power/ (learn more about solar power). And there are quite many people, who even changed their lifestyle after such purchase.

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