Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Fit to be Tied

I've been using my solar system for some months now, but I haven't been approved to sell power back to the utility. Today I was approved to grid-tie the system. The first such installation for West Oregon Electric Co-op (WOEC). On this sunny afternoon my meter immediately started running backward, generating 1 kilowatt. I'll never make money at the current rates or number of panels, but it will offset some use, and gives me battery backup for my refrigerator and water purifier.

From left to right: Bruce (PGE), Matt (Clatsop County), Steve (WOEC). Discussing how the
system protects linemen.

Bruce, Me, Matt, Steve and "Gunny" (WOEC lineman)

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