Councilman Felipe Fuentes argued that before any more such projects are approved, the city should work out a “city planning review process” that would allow community reaction. In a letter to the board, he asked for officials to take action before the utility’s next round of solar applications this summer.
“Utilities had been willing to pay more because many states, including California, require them to derive a significant percentage of their power from renewable energy sources. But now utilities in many states are on track to meet those requirements, giving them less incentive to buy higher-priced solar energy —especially as a steep decline in natural gas prices has cut the cost of power from gas-fired generators.”
Is this also the reason that Utilities are pushing back against residential Solar Systems?
“The study finds that an enormous opportunity exists for solar energy to expand on California’s rooftops, rather than in its deserts, due to vast areas of undeveloped rooftop space and suitable conditions in California cities.” Article
It depends. Solar Farms are usually developed by EPCs ( Solar Engineering, Procurement, and Construction companies), their efforts to turn actual farm land into renewable land is stymied by the community. Plans to develop PV farms can fall faster than a wind farm’s. Neighboring home owners worry the value of their homes will drop. As for Community Solar Garden, they’re all the rage, now. They’re usually developed by the locally establish utility to meet there renewable energy mandates. They also allow their customer to feel warm and fuzzy about solar with shelling out cash and worrying about the installation or the possibility of selling a PV laden home.
How much cheaper will your bill be if you’re getting your solar power from the local utility? (In some cases, a credit of $2.00) And, aren’t we just prolonging the inevitability of widespread rooftop solar?