Some Utilities Against 3rd Party Solar Purchase Agreements
Some investors have found it lucrative enough that THEY agree to buy solar equipment for a residence and have the resident pay them for their electric usage.
Homeowner pays NOTHING for the solar equipment only their electric usage.
Interestingly some utilities and states have banned/discouraged this form of capitalism.
Utilities want to retain their base of electric users.
Utilities starting to refuse net metering.
Solar IS the future. If US drags its feet on this, lets utility PACS control legislation, then surely other countries will not stop investing and developing and harvesting this abundant, clean resource.
How much of the profit for these investors is from federal and state tax credits that are taken from tax payers in the form of solar tax credits? Capitalism means your idea survives by being profitable and not because of government intervention. The way I see it, the Utilities are doing me a favor because it means less tax dollars going to unprofitable solar installations. Not to say all solar installations aren't worth it, but putting solar up in places where the sun doesn't shine much and offer tax credits for those installations doesn't make sense.
No one is arguing that solar is the future. It was the future 13 years ago in 2000 when people were buying solar panels for their roofs. It is still the future. Meanwhile, US burned 13 billion tons of coal to help that future to happen.
Please remind us what % of electricity is generated by solar in 2012 please and how much coal it displaced?