Crashing the solar system, for fun and profit

It is the perfect ALEC scheme:

An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as “freeriders” – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned.

It’s counter-intuitive. It steals from consumers. It halts energy development. Bombs away:

[John] Eick told the Guardian the group would be looking closely in the coming year at how individual homeowners with solar panels are compensated for feeding surplus electricity back into the grid . .

“As it stands now, those direct generation customers are essentially freeriders on the system. They are not paying for the infrastructure they are using. In effect, all the other non direct generation customers are being penalised,” he said.

The folks who generate their own electricity are screwing the people who don’t. Why? Because they’re sending their excess electrons back to the grid, so that other people can use them. And if in that you can’t see the inherent fraud, the American Petroleum Institute will be hosting an indoor Texas barbecue and PowerPoint presentation shortly.

Eick dismissed the suggestion that individuals who buy and install home-based solar panels had made such investments. “How are they going to get that electricity from their solar panel to somebody else’s house?” he said. “They should be paying to distribute the surplus electricity.”

They didn’t just let Mother Teresa attend the lepers for free, did they?

In November, Arizona became the first state to charge customers for installing solar panels. The fee, which works out to about $5 a month for the average homeowner, was far lower than that sought by the main electricity company, which was seeking to add up to $100 a month to customers’ bills.

You want to be patriotic, I know. So what should you choose to do? Make a little electricity, and share it with your neighbors? Or shield Exxon/Mobil from competition, and double their profits? What’ll it be, America? Don’t be stupid, we choose the latter [it’s always the latter]. ALEC is a bitch.

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