To Southern California Edison Utility users!

As of July 1, 2017, if your utility is SCE and you are considering solar, you will be enrolled in the Net Energy Metering Successor Tariff (NEM 2.0). 

The two major differences between the original NEM 1.0 and NEM 2.0 are that there is now a $75 connection fee and, more importantly, NEM 2.0 agreements require the user to utilize TOU (Time Of Use) pricing when calculating the solar energy credits earned through production and energy debits used through consumption.  In other words, SCE will  no longer just simply add and subtract kWhrs produced and used to come up with the "NET" in kwhrs.  Rather, they calculate the dollar value of the kWhrs produced and consumed to come up with the NET in dollars. 

How does this affect you? 

If you're considering solar, it will tend to favor West facing facets over East facing facets (all other things being equal) so you produce more power during the On-Peak hours which have more value than other hours.

If you have any questions about NEM 2.0 and/or TOU pricing, please don't hesitate to us a call.   Our consultations are free and we can send you some literature on the subject.

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American Solar Panel Manufacturers File for Bankruptcy

On April 17, 2017, Suniva, an American panel manufacturer filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy after laying off 131 employees without notice in their Michigan manufacturing facility.

Less than one month later, the German parent company of SolarWorld, which is the largest US manufacturer of solar panels, announced it was filing for bankruptcy as well.  The fate of 800 workers in it’s Hillsboro Oregon factory is not clear. 

What Does This Mean for You?

Well, if your considering solar for your home,  the news is probably not good.  Suniva has already petitioned the Trump administration for “global safeguard relief”.  They are requesting a minimum four year import tax on PV modules and cells starting at $0.78/watt for modules and $0.40/watt for cells.  This will more than double the price of some PV modules.  SolarWorld is supporting Suniva’s petition. If passed by the Trump administration, which has made an issue out of unfair trade practices, the cost of a residential solar system would likely rise 25%.

Our Advice?

If you’re considering solar,  now is probably the best time to get off the fence and act.   Solar prices, which have dropped dramatically over the last decade, are unlikely to go much lower if at all and there is a chance that they could increase substantially, particularly if the current administration imposes a duty or tax on imported solar  panels and cells.

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SOLAR RATE structures are changing. How does this affect you?

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Why are rates changing?

On April 14, 2017, Southern California Edison (SCE) filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting a rate change from the existing two-tiered rate structure to TOU pricing and to move eligible residential customers to TOU pricing starting November 2018.  SCE’s proposal is required by CPUC Decision (D.) 15-07-001, which instructed SCE to implement residential TOU rates in order to better align rates with the actual costs of providing electric service.  

SCE’s application proposes to transfer customers in “waves” with the first wave expected to apply to 1.6 million customers residing in cool to moderate climate zones (much of Orange County).  

So what does this mean for you?

The good news is that existing customers have a choice – they can either stay with the existing tiered structure or move to TOU pricing.   The challenge will be trying to determine which structure is best for you and that decision may change if you are thinking about installing a solar system on your roof.  

At EarthChoice Solar, we offer complimentary utility bill reviews for all of our customers to help ensure each customer is using the most effective rate structure for their circumstances.

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