Stark’s Solar Initiative: Initial Results Are In

    After a slew of analysis on the projected return-on-investment of our solar panel project, the results are finally in for the first complete month of...

    After a slew of analysis on the projected return-on-investment of our solar panel project, the results are finally in for the first complete month of being on PG&E’s E7 net metering electricity schedule.

    Before I go into the quantitative results, one key advantage of the PG&E net metering program is that instead of paying for the electricity monthly, you pay the bill annually (called the Annual True-Up). PG&E sends a Net Energy Metering Electric Statement which just informs you of the net energy charge or credit for the peak and off peak times.

    There is a nominal monthly fee of $8.29 which includes:

    – Distribution $7.36
    – Public Purpose Programs $0.14
    – Generation $0.40
    – Utility User Tax $0.39

    For the month of April, our net consumption was 431kW which resulted in an electricity bill of $31.00 (which will be kept as a running tally until March 2009). The figures are based on the E7 winter season schedule. This is a significant decrease over 2007’s electricity useage of 875kW which resulted in an electricity bill of $155.50.

    Our total consumption this month would have actually been greater due to the new addition of our wine cellar. So a conservative estimate is that our solar project has saved us $124 in April and the ability to “borrow” $31 from PG&E interest-free for a year.

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    Loni Stark is a self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker, and yet is also passionate about technology’s impact on business and creativity. She's the host of our Stark Insider video features. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite. Loni's story...