Alternative evergy/energy independence
Nov 11, 2008 at 10:22 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3

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Headphoneus Supremus
Aug 31, 2005
Suppose you generate energy at your house with a wind turbine, or a solar cell array, or from a water wheel, personal nuclear plant, or whatever. All these things are going to at some point generate more power than you can use at that instant, so you can use batteries to store it, for the night time, or when there's no wind, etc.

Or you can sell the surplus energy, thus saving yourself the battery cost (at the price of being at the grid's mercy). In this way you get relief from energy prices without having to invest in as much infrastructure like batteries and inverters. It's my understanding that in most locations (I'm in Texas), somehow, the local electric company HAS to buy your excess power from you, because the distribution grid is seen to be a public service. But how much do you make? Do they HAVE to pay you a certain amount? I pay 14 cents a kWh. If I sell electricity back, do I make that, or do I make less? Does it matter how much I sell back? Does it matter if it's solar, or wind or coal (I imagine subsidys are at work). Plus, in TX, I don't really have a 'local electric company'; I can buy electrical service from many different companies. I wonder how this effects things?
Nov 12, 2008 at 3:16 AM Post #3 of 3


500+ Head-Fier
Aug 16, 2005
Hmmm... that sounds real good. But I do not think this is feasible.

You'll need some expensive equipments. Even if people can afford the equipment cost, power companies will try to stop people buying their own, because that will not help make them money.

When you try to sell energy, you are going to use their power grid. Thus they will charge you for that. Your rate will be lower than what they charge for themselves. I won't be suprised if they pay you only 2 cents for 1kwh of your energy. And you will be taxed for that income.

So, adds up all those stuffs, and still you can recoup your investment in 10 years or so, it's a good plan. Otherwise, its not worth the hassle.

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