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Solarize Atlanta Town Hall & Information Session - Shared screen with speaker view
Seth Gunning
If anyone has questions for Commissioner Echols please ask them here
Larry Menter
What is the argument against net metering other than the user is competing
Larry Menter
with Ga Power?
Mack Headrick
If monthly did not exist solar would not be feasible for me.
Matthew Schmolesky
Following Larry's question, is it even competition if the solar power produced from a residential house feeds back into the grid? And can you speak a bit about how customers who *are* on the net metering program are compensated for the power they produce? Is it credits for power produced over need during the day so they don't then pay for power used at night?
Seth Gunning
Great questions All. Matthew, we’ll talk a little more about how monthly netting works and the Solarize Atlanta program immediately following this discussion
Michael Frazier
What is there energy audit methodology?
Douglas Benton
Do you expect any help from folks in Legislature?
Mack Headrick
Matthew - that is correct. Before I went monthly I would pay $.18 or so per KWH in the morning, sell power all day for $.3 while I was at work, and then buy that same power back for $.18 at night. TERRIBLE DEAL! Now I just pay $.18 for what I use for the month. GA Power is essentially my battery.
Mack Headrick
Batteries wear out and have to be replaced.
Mack Headrick
Matthew Schmolesky
The battery is SO expensive it kills the deal. Not affordable for the majority of people. And a very odd need to buy one when there is a perfectly good grid we all pay into that can handle the energy production
Mack Headrick
GA Power should take some of the money they are scamming us all for the nuclear deal to reinstate this program.
Azania Heyward-James
can you share the current demographics and LMI characteristics of this cohort? please advise
Mack Headrick
Only if you have solar! Grid fed EV is not helpful.
Matthew Schmolesky
Could you expand on why its unfair? I can't say I understand. If people produce energy and they are paid back at market rates, GA power loses no money, right? Or is it that they want to pay (or credit) residential customers at lower rates so they maintain profit? Even if that was the case, why not expand net metering but at a slightly less favorable rate to the customer (but still a far better rate than if there is no net metering)? I can see how GA power needs to know its sustainable if it expands further and further. What do they actually need for it to be okay for them?
Erica Holloman-Hill
great question
Azania Heyward-James
and it reflects the rreality of the income demographics of Atlanta based on the current Census data 2020
Hermina Glass-Hill
Hog Hammock
Seth Gunning
We’re rolling into details about the Solarize Atlanta program next..
Hermina Glass-Hill
Hog Hammock is the Gullah Geechee community on Sapelo Island
Matthew Schmolesky
I suppose the issue I have here is that GA power is protecting their profit and sees every solar residential customer as a cut into that profit, where if the effort goes exponential they'll lose more and more money, right? As long as they see it that way it will be a hard fight to win. So my question is, what is the value for net metering that GA power would be happy to scale up on? Is the answer that they don't want any scaling up at any cost at all to their profit? Or can scaling up solar power across the state aat some specific value lead to lower infrastructure building and maintanence costs to GA power that would make monthly netting favorable to them?
Alexandra Sawicki
Is the federal tax incentive definitely going to reduce over the next few years or is it likely to be extended?
Seth Gunning
Solar DOES reduce maintenance costs on large scale transmission and distribution costs. But, Georgia Power doesn’t like that because they make a state guaranteed rate of return on those costs. It appears that they don’t want to scale up at any cost. I think consumers and the public need to make value for them by making it wildly politically unpopular to not do so.
Azania Heyward-James
Absolutely Seth!
Seth Gunning
Alexandra, The 26% federal tax credit is good until Dec 31st 2022. In 2023 the tax credit is scheduled to go to 22%. Then 10% in 2024
Larry Menter
It is difficult to convince non-profits without the tax credits also.
Seth Gunning
Larry, we know offer SEPA financing for non-profits to help them go solar and get some benefit of the tax-credits
Seth Gunning
Alexandra Sawicki
Thank you Seth
Larry Menter
As the first adopter in the prior Solarize Atlanta program let me say it is a great program! Love our solar panels!
Don Moreland
Matthew Schmolesky
Ive got to run but want to thank you Don and Seth for organizing this session (it was extremely helpful) and for everything you do! I've got three neighbors interested as well from conversations over the past few days but think without net metering it may sadly be DOA for us. I'll call Matthew Johnson at Creative Solar tomorrow or Friday to discuss further.
Cynthia Forbes
In this program, must the solar panels be placed on roofs? Is it possible to place them on the ground?
Matt Johnson
Cynthia- Yes, we offer ground mount systems as well.
Cynthia Forbes
could they be placed so that they float in a lake?
Matt Johnson
Cynthia- That would be a very unique situation and would require more detail with a Creative Solar USA consultant.
Nina Stephen
Are there any other versions of the solar systems other than panels ? I understand that this may not be the case for the Solarze Atlanta program.
Seth Gunning
Cynthia, I’d LOVE to work on a floating solar array!
Larry Menter
I love the look with my cost savings ha
Cynthia Forbes
could you repeat where to arrange for a consultation?
Seth Gunning
Seth Gunning
Thanks everyone!