Solar solution half-baked
TO SOLAR or not to solar, that is the question?
Are you confused? I am, we are being bombarded with the slogans, “Solar panels for your own power generation; feed the excess your panels generate back into the grid; earn credits, no cash yet? Free energy; do your bit for the planet and when the sun goes down we’ll feed your power back to you, no worries”.
As I see it, if we are all earning credits from the power company, no one is paying for power, no money is changing hands, wonderful.
But who pays for the grid infrastructure? The power stations that for night-time generation feeds our free power back to solar daytime power producers, the transmission lines, towers, pylons, poles, underground cables, workmen, transformers, the billions it takes to maintain what we are all feeding our free solar power into.
So what if half of us get credits? With no billing, the other half have to pay one 100 per cent more for their power house generated electricity just to maintain the grid system non-solar households are using.