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Some people owning solar panels seem to be having a hard time understanding that without leaning on the power company grid their solar panel system won't work, even though it obviously would not function at night. At best, they are using the power grid as a giant storage battery. At worst, they are using the generation available on the grid to fill in holes of insufficient power production. If you carry this program to the point that we all have solar power and no one pays the power company, the power company will go out of business and the solar users will go dark at night or on stormy days.

Any solar user who wants to test the theory of whether they are using the grid or not should accept the challenge to disconnect from the power company and see how their system works. Their option to do something other than lean on the power grid might be to install a large battery bank to store power for low production times and for nighttime use. They would then find that their solar system is not financially viable.

It is unfortunate that our state leaders have allowed this program to continue to grow as it has, but hard decisions must now be made in order to avoid a future disaster.

Harry Haycock


Credit: By Harry Haycock For the Deseret News


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Robert Johannesen on Dec 19, 2016 5:00 pm GMT

And how about wind turbine generators... from where comes the electricity when the wind doesn't blow?   We've been spending money for the necessary stable base load electricity generators.  And we need to spend more as our nation's energy needs grow with the population.  How about just stopping subsidies to intermittent solar and wind generated electricity, and help the systems that assure the light goes on when we flick the switch?

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