At Community.Solar, we want you to go off-grid.
Mississippi has some of the worst solar policies in the country, and it’s getting worse, not better. Mississippi Power’s solar policy is the equivalent to what Alabama Power is getting sued over. You do not need to get past the Executive Summary, page 1, of the The TVA’s 2018 WholeSale Rate Change Report to see the TVA claim “current energy prices over-incentivize consumer installation of (Distributed Energy Resources), leading to uneconomic results for the people of the Valley as a whole.” Cooperative Energy – the cooperative for non-TVA cooperatives – is perfectly happy building their own 52,000 kW solar array to sell electricity to their monopolized customers, but they do not offer similar buyback rates to their own member customers. Instead, they pay roughly 40% of the average retail price of residential electricity for solar outflow, while charging their customers additional meter fees for the privilege! Sadly, this is just about the best solar offer you can get in Mississippi.
Community.Solar strongly disagrees that power monopolies must profit off of each and every customer connected to the grid. Instead, solar customers should be viewed as local benefactors, whose contributions reduce the price of electricity on the neighboring grid. But instead, our power monopolies take the opposite approach. The bureaucratic waste associated with crafting special rate structures and review policies for each and every residential solar customer across our grid belittles the fact that these customers are paying to update the distributed grid with clean energy, while happily selling back to their neighbors at below retail price. Wise public service commission policy would recognize that by shaking down each and every solar residential solar jobsite for their remaining pennies, they are preventing optimal value of clean, reliable, distributed energy from coming to market – to the detriment of the public.
We believe Mississippi solar consumers should not participate in this charade, and instead opt out of the grid entirely.
The non-participating public’s electric rates will increase even without paying solar owners a fair share. With solar power, there is no escaping the simple fact that the winners are those with sunny roofs. The electric buying pool will shrink regardless if the customers remain grid connected, so utilities should craft their policies not to punish solar owners, but to encourage them to remain grid connected. Solar consumers should be rewarded, not punished, for supplying clean power to its point of use, which can be used by all during an emergency. Lest we forget, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina wiped out parts of Mississippi’s power grid for over a month, with 70% of its power lines needing repair or replacement. Simply put, solar consumers are providing Mississippi a service, and they should be paid, not charged, for this altruism.
Still, we understand not everyone is ready to go off-grid.
If you would like to add solar to your property through a turnkey bid, get a plan set for your builder, or simply purchase a design and complete system material for a do-it-yourself project, we are more than happy to help you navigate the project development process. Just tell us your budget, residential address, and idea, and we will do our best to get you into our growing and exciting industry.