15 May '13, 2am

Rooftop Solar Owners vs Utilities – The Battle Begins: This article originally

Rooftop Solar Owners vs Utilities – The Battle Begins: This article originally

This article originally appeared on RenewEconomy . Solar panel installation via Shutterstock You don’t have to go too far into a document prepared by the US-based Edison Electric Institute (EEI) to realise what is at stake for centralised utilities from the threat of rooftop solar. The EEI, a trade group that represents most investor owned utilities in the US, said solar PV and battery storage were two technologies (along with fuel cells and storage from electric vehicles) that could “directly threaten the centralised utility model” that has prevailed for a century or more. How worried should they be? A lot, said the EEI. The ability of rooftop solar, battery storage and energy efficiency programs to reduce demand from the grid would likely translate into lower prices for wholesale power and reduced profits. Worse still, customers were just as likely to “leave the system e...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/05/14/rooftop-solar-owners-...

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