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Lucy
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It appears that anyone that installed solar panels and are on the net-metering program are going to get "hosed".

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2013/03/28/hidden-cost-net-metering-might-pose-problem-wapa

Part of the decision to install panels in the first place was that WAPA would provide a 1-for-1 credit for the power that the consumer pumps into their system. Now they say that is unfair. Sounds like a bait and switch.

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Topic starter Posted : March 30, 2013 11:32 am
vicanuck
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Would anyone expect that there would be a different outcome?

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Posted : March 30, 2013 12:11 pm
billd
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Lucy

I have been stuck in the ass from WAPA but I think it is now corrected. I put my panels in last year. Put a net meter in and since April I have been fighting wapa that I was getting back a only 1.50 for 3.3 K of panels. Run around after run around. Taking to the customer service was a joke. Finally, working with my contractor. we got the ball rolling. It seems that the original net meters can not tolerate the wide changes in power that our wonderful Hodge led Wapa provides. (When will someone step up and fire the whole leadership team at WAPAS?) These were GE meters that EVERYONE used in the main land. There is a new Focus meter that I finally had installed last month, but I am off island now. I think it works but I will need to see how my bills are. I should be getting about 250 back a month.

I'll let you know how it turns out.

By the way WAPA's position on the bad meters is too bad! You lose.

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Posted : April 1, 2013 1:33 pm
SunnyCaribe
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Milton Smith, design and construction manager for WAPA, says that the law passed by the Senate in 2009 does not give WAPA the authority to deny a customer a net-metering system even if the surrounding infrastructure cannot handle the size of the system they intend to install.

He said this was becoming a larger concern because several businesses are considering installing 100kW systems.

Translation: Customers realize they can generate and distribute electricity from green sources more cheaply than WAPA can, and WAPA's answer once again is to stifle competition wherever and whenever it pops up rather than improve its own efficiency and value to the consumer and to the territory.

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Posted : April 1, 2013 1:46 pm
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Milton Smith, design and construction manager for WAPA, says that the law passed by the Senate in 2009 does not give WAPA the authority to deny a customer a net-metering system even if the surrounding infrastructure cannot handle the size of the system they intend to install.

He said this was becoming a larger concern because several businesses are considering installing 100kW systems.

Translation: Customers realize they can generate and distribute electricity from green sources more cheaply than WAPA can, and WAPA's answer once again is to stifle competition wherever and whenever it pops up rather than improve its own efficiency and value to the consumer and to the territory.

Might want to read the continuing series on the Source for information.

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Posted : April 1, 2013 4:29 pm
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