In a time when many people are going on and on about green energy, it’s unsurprising that a Southern California couple would opt to put solar cells on their own home. After all, cutting your power bill is a common reason to adopt solar. However, for this SoCal family, apparently their solar has been deemed as working too well, and subsequently blocked by their local utility company.
Looking to slash their electric bill, retired couple Ron and Sarah Hall installed solar panels on their Southern California home. Nearly a year later, they haven’t saved a dime.
The panels are considered too powerful, NBC Los Angeles reports, and were never turned on. A company called Solar City installed 36 panels on the Hall’s Lake Elsinore house for free; they would make their money back by filling out rebates through residential energy conservation programs. SoCal Edison, however, would not let the couple activate their system because it exceeded California’s standards for residential energy production. “They’re saying that the system that I have will generate 128 percent, that’s 28 percent over what they estimated,” Ron Hall said.
The problem isn’t necessarily the fact that the panels would generate wasted electricity, NBC Los Angeles explains. Instead, the state is concerned that homeowners could sell their excess energy.
As a result of this fear, California would require the Hall’s to adhere to business regulations.
Now, regardless of how you feel about regulations in general, can’t we all agree that this is just dim witted? Plenty of states permit solar panel owners to sell excess power to the electric company without having to jump through more hoops than a dolphin auditioning for a gig at Sea World. They simply send a check for the excess..
Meanwhile, California maintains a reputation as being one of the more environmentally friendly states in the nation. Really? Maybe it’s time to realize that sometimes regulations are a problem, especially when it gets in the way of a retired couple trying to save a bit of money on their light bill. While we’re at it, can someone explain the evil of a retired couple supplementing their income with some excess electricity? We’re asking because we ain’t seeing it.
Perhaps California will come to learn that when you make it a pain for people to do something, they just won’t do it. If you want folks to put solar cells on their houses, don’t punish them because it works a little too well.
Just a thought.