To Some Solar Users, Power Company Fees Are An Unfair Charge – NPR

To Some Solar Users, Power Company Fees Are An Unfair Charge  NPR

In Alabama’s Blount County, off the highway, down a dirt road and up a hill is writer T.K. Thorne’s house. She points to her roof and a shining row of black solar panels. It’s a 4-kilowatt system — pretty typical for residential solar — and Thorne got it almost four years ago hoping to help the environment and reduce her electricity bill. It was a big investment — $ 8,400 even after a federal tax break. Thorne estimated how long it would take to pay off the solar system, installed the panels, and began waiting for the savings to begin. But then she found out about a monthly $ 5-per-kilowatt s…

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