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# Posted: 8 Apr 2008 14:55 - Edited by: CabinBuilder

There was a suggestion on some forums:

If your cabin property has an electricity hookup and if most of the time you are not there, you could connect your solar setup to the utility grid, and when you are not there, the meter will be spinning backwards making you money. Obviously, for that to work your local utility company must have such option ("net metering"?).

Few of my own initial thoughts in this:
1) Account with utility company will likely to have some sort of minimum / monthly maintenance fee that had to be paid (they have to cover metering costs, etc.) the energy contributions must at least cover that.
2) In my case, the property will be re-classified as "serviced" and property taxes will for sure go up, making it even harder justify.

I guess it makes sense for people who already have and paying for the electricity hookup anyway.

Does anyone have thoughts or experience in this?

# Posted: 20 Apr 2008 21:06 - Edited by: indianasolar

Most states have net-metering.

Check here.

However, most will only let you "bank" any overages. They typically expire after a year.

# Posted: 11 Sep 2008 17:00

As a "small energy producer" in Ontario you have three options:

Off Grid: Produce electricity and use it without connecting to Ontario's distribution system.

Net Metering: Produce and consume electricity, while sending surplus energy to the grid. Receive a credit from your electricity supplier towards future electricity consumption.

Standard Offer Program: Enter into a contract with the OPA to sell electricity as a licenced generator connected to the Distribution System.
more info on:
The thrird option requires a 20-year commitment. The rate, I think, the OPA would pay is $0.42 per kWh. The revenue is a taxable income. So the CRA or the IRS, if in the US, wants a peace of it.

I don't have experience with any of those options, just heard of them.

# Posted: 11 Sep 2008 17:44

That's interesting - Thanks!

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