BUILDING STEP CODE 5 NET ZERO
Unaffordable building now, just wait.
If the city had told the truth about the Community Solar
Garden, and its still not too late to do that.
It would have stopped all the waste of public and
private dollars in local solar power systems.
The city community solar garden is a fraud.
When you understand where this can go regarding
this article, you will understand solar will not be
part of everyone's rush to 100% renewables around here.
Step Code 5 Net Zero using grid tied PV solar panels is
stealing money from people who don't know, subsidized by
everyone else. Beware of solar salesmen.
BUILDING STEP CODE 5 NET ZERO its coming
If a building makes as much power as it consumes its considered Net Zero.
How will a building make power? The suggestion is solar panels. All excess solar power is earned in summer and Nelson hydro allows full retail credit even though they don't need the power.
In winter when solar doesn't work all these worthless summer solar credits are cashed in when Nelson hydro is paying a premium for excess Fortis power. Those who can afford step code 5 buildings with solar panels have a power bill of $0. Those who can least afford this along with everyone else pays.
If the city is successful in getting rural customers to pay for all excess expensive Fortis power it will be rural customers electric bills funding all this summer solar credit filled by expensive Fortis winter power.
Who pays for Nelson hydro? Those with step code 5 buildings with solar panels use Nelson hydro as their free power credit/debit bank while paying nothing to maintain the system.
Imagine 5000 solar power Nelson homes. Will the city figure out this isn't working! If these homes don't buy power, get full credit for excess and Nelson hydro fills these credits with expensive Fortis power, do I have to go on? This city is going to have to tell the truth about the solar garden and stop paying full retail for any excess solar power.
I recommend reading the PHONY solar garden! before continuing .
Things you need to know:
Nelson hydro can make 16MW if water is available, typically spring runoff through fall.
|Almost all annual solar is earned when water is spilling and Nelson Hydro is making power for less than a penny yet allowing full retail credit for anyone's excess solar, its value $0.|
This is the same time most annual solar power is made, it has the same value as the water spilling over the dam, zero, nada, zip $0 yet Nelson hydro credits full retail for anyone's excess solar, if we can't use the water spilling why are we pretending solar has value?
In winter Nelson hydro is reduced to making their licenced 9 MW and buying excess power from Fortis for 4c/kWh , at the same time all those summer solar credits get cashed in.
Some Numbers to know -
Nelson hydro makes power for less than a penny 0.87c/kWh
Nelson hydro buys excess power from Fortis for 4.0c/kWh
Nelson hydro sells power retail for an average of 12.0c/kWh
Gross Profits selling Nelson generated power 1380% 12/.87
Gross Profits selling excess Fortis power 300% 12/4
Nelson loses 1380% profit not selling power to those who can afford solar and allows them full retail credit for any excess solar power.
In Winter when solar doesn't work they cash in these credits when Nelson hydro is buying excess power from Fortis for 4c/kWh to fill those solar credits. Thereby losing the 300% profits otherwise
earned from selling Fortis power.
If its Nelson generated power filling solar credits its 1380% lost again.
Those who can afford solar to be net zero get a free ride, using Nelson hydro poles, wires, transformers, maintenance to bank and retrieve their solar credits. Subsidized by all other Nelson hydro customers.
Fortis a business making money only allows one to install a solar system only large enough to avoid their consumption based on historical bills, if by chance they make any excess Fortis will only pay their wholesale costs. They know solar is worthless to them, its political.
BC Hydro has finally gone Fortis's way, once politically correct they couldn't afford to keep this up.
Nelson, even though their bylaw says they won't buy anyone's power unless it makes economic sense is still paying full retail, Why? Feelgood green washing votes.
I keep asking why they ignore their bylaw they won't answer.
Might it be their big mistake, the community solar garden? If they actually paid the churches, co ops and others wholesale for their solar contracts there would be no more eco wackos calling for more solar power systems.
The hydro manager just left, the city needs to tell the truth, admit the mistake, give the money back to the church groups and others all fooled into thinking solar panels at the dam were helping to save the planet and create a board of directors to oversee Nelson hydro.
I would post this on the Nelson Tech & Knowledge Workers face book page, they claim to be the cities intelligent community but it will be removed. I have had similar things removed and was banned from the site.
City councilor Keith Page who just joined NelsonTalkz is an administrator of NT&K facebook page, has deleted my comments and others critical of the city on that page.
He tells me I am wasting everyone's time (mayor and council).
Who reading this will post this on NT&K, Then you can come back here and let us know how long it lasted and guess who might have removed it and if you were banned. And learn a little about councilor Page and his ethics as a city councilor. He tells me I have no ethics.
The solar garden political stunt was presented as FULLY funded and voluntary(false) to those who opted in for their warm fuzzy feeling. If that were the case, instead of receiving about $30/yr per panel 25 year contract subsidized by everyone else they would receive about $2/yr. And every Nelson hydro customer is now stuck paying full retail with inflation and all future costs to maintain the solar garden for the remainder of the 25 year contract. 130 bought in to the 248 panels, while 10,000 hydro customers fund their misinformed and misguided fantasy. City council received a phony engineers report showing the solar garden had a business case..........possibly why the hydro manager is now gone!! Now its time to sell the system, get whatever can be recovered, pay back those misinformed buying a solar contract and start making money from the huge profits our water power will make helping to reduce everyone's electric bill instead of it flowing down the river.
asking questions never getting answers
What will work, small hydro, a century ago most communities had their own hydro, clean green, works at night, in winter, when it snows, affordable, dependable, how did this solar nonsense begin?
Nelson's primary gravity water line contour seen below was installed in 1926 studies more than a decade ago identified it as undersized, needing replacement and vulnerable to slides, spills forest fires and failure.
A study showed two potential small hydro generation possibilities making power to help pay for the replacement. We have solar panels at the dam!!!!!!
Above contour of the 7 km City of Nelson water supply line long over due for replacement.
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