Electric Coop doesn't pay for any KWH's above what you use..

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Electric Coop doesn't pay for any KWH's above what you use..

Post by billjustbill » Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:37 pm

I ran across a home this morning while out going to a local community wide garage sale. It had a 2500 watt roof top system with a Sunnyboy grid tie inverter.

The owner said they were tied into an electric company that was a Coop here in Texas. This Coop has a use KWH meter and a buy-back meter. As I understood the owner's issue with the Coop, it is that the Coop credits each KWH generated at full value against all KWHours the home uses each month. (Simple Example: Generate 1,000 KWH and house useage is 1,000 KWH means zero electric bill) But, with any surplus KWHours going back into their grid, there is ZERO payment for them just because THEY ARE A Coop electric company.

Was that the intent of the law when the buy-back was originally written?
Any of you run across this kind of grid tie agreement?

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Post by tallgirl » Sat Feb 27, 2016 5:43 pm

Could be worse - I live in Austin and I buy at $0.13-ish and sell at $0.09-ish. So, even if I make more than I use, I still pay ...
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Post by remoteone » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:02 pm

I'm on a Coop also and face the same thing. If I produce more power than I use I don't get a credit. This is on a monthly basis also so any surplus I put back into the line I loose when I start a new month billing cycle. My bill is never zero since they tag you with a usage fee.

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Post by Coyote Flats » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:43 pm

We are different in northern Canada because some places have 24 hour sun in summer and dark all winter you can bank your extra credits for winter.

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Post by tallgirl » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:03 am

remoteone wrote:I'm on a Coop also and face the same thing. If I produce more power than I use I don't get a credit. This is on a monthly basis also so any surplus I put back into the line I loose when I start a new month billing cycle. My bill is never zero since they tag you with a usage fee.
My bill can be negative, but I have to produce ($0.143 / $0.097) times more energy than I consume to get there. I've been producing about 8kWh per day more than I consume which should give me yet another negative bill this cycle.

My battery bank is on its last legs after about 8 years and I'm trying to decide if I go with something huge, like a large bank of Surrettes (8 x S-600s) and try for a bit of daily cycling so I can use more of what I produce or if I go back to a smaller bank and save on battery costs.
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