15 Jul '12, 12pm

Why we pay double for solar in America (but won’t forever)

There’s an article in the most recent issue of PHOTON describing a German family that got a 4.6 kW PV array installed and interconnected to their roof eight days after calling a solar installer for the first time. The homeowner had a proposal from the installer within eight hours. The installer called the utility the morning of the installation to request an interconnect that afternoon. The installer called at 10 a.m., the utility came and installed two new meters and approved the interconnect at 2:37 p.m. — the same day. The online registration of the PV system with Federal Grid agency and approval of the feed-in tariff took five minutes. I’m sure that not every project gets completed that fast in Germany, but an interconnection and permitting process that takes less than a day?! 10 times that … would still be just incredible. By comparison, New York City’s permitting goa...

Full article: http://grist.org/solar-power/why-we-pay-double-for-solar-...

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