I am not sure how many of your readers will appreciate this, But I cannot believe that there is not more outrage about this. ALL Solar customers need to read this.
In February 2017 The Maryland House passed House Bill 1106. It was a terrible bill that Governor Hogan vetoed. The bill went back to the house for an override vote and the bill passed. With a Democratic majority, and and dems voting down party lines. Not a single republican voted for this lousy bill. The guise of this bill is to get Maryland to increase the amount of solar power that it produces. What it really does is give the power companies ( Delmarva Power ) the ability to take the electricity that solar customers in the state produce offering .06653100 cents per kilowatt hour. So they send you a “rebate” check in the spring. ( just got mine ) take my “excess generation" of 1340kWh my solar system produced and that I will need in the upcoming hot months. You think to yourself this is great the electric company is sending me money, but in reality they are paying you wholesale for your electricity and then selling the electricity back to you at retail ( 12-14 cents on average.) We solar customers pay for the electricity that our solar panels generate on average around .12 cents and Delmarva Power is buying the electricity that we generate for.06 cents. So we Marylanders that have decided to go green are actually punished for doing so. Also included in this Bill is that the money that is “rebated” to solar customers is charged to non-solar customers to “punish” them for not going green! So the power companies are making money on both sides of the deal! The power companies come out on top once again !
I wonder this, what did the Power Companies lobbyists offer the democrats to pass such a lousy bill that hurts virtually every Marylander?
What I have decided to do about this is not cash the checks Delmarva Power sends me. By signing the check it means that I agree to the terms of their agreement. If i do not sign the checks, I do not agree to the terms. I have been in contact with Delmarva Power and they are kicking my claim up the chain of command. I would highly suggest that all other solar customers do the same. If we can garner enough support we can file a class action lawsuit against this practice and have House Bill 1106 overturned.