PV system up and running . . . .
Just had the utlility company out here today to do their "check" of the grid intertie system that I had installed. Was a bit nervous; not sure what to expect. Nice enough guy showed up, but it seemed quite obvious to me he had no clue what the setup does / how it works / what he should check! He ended up smiling and leaving after giving it his blessing. While I have great faith in the installers of the system; and I know enough about it to know the built in redundancies and safeguards; I would have felt a bit better if the utility guy seemed to be with the program when HE looked it over.
All that remains to be done is to have the meter changed . . . ironically I will be going "back" to the traditional mechanical meters . . . . as they run backwards just fine. The "new fangled" digital meters that can be read by radio were just installed here a couple years ago . . . and they DON'T know how to go backwards. So, I've been donating my excess generation to the grid for about a month.
New York state has net metering . . . every watt you pump out cancels a watt you used. Once a year; they total it all up; and if you've made a net contribution you get about half the going rate it would have cost you to buy it. With my system and my energy consumption; I should generate about 1 1/2 to 2 times my usage; over the period of a year. So yeah; I'll get a check from them . . . won't be buying my Benz with it though. Service charge JUST for being connected applies even if I don't even use a single watt from them . . . . but it makes sense to stay grid-tied so I have something to do with all the electricity I generate during the summer when my usage is very low.
Very sophisticated equipment; but once you look at the whole install it's not all that complicated to the actual "user". I elected to get battery backup as well; we've had a few power line glitches / drop-outs / momentary interruptions . . . and the thing kicks in QUICK . . . like you can't tell . . . clocks / VCR's don't reset etc . . . automatically reconnects after sensing the power line is back up solid for 5 minutes.
Anyway; to any of you out there who may be contemplating any such endeavor; keep going after it. I have been looking into it and thinking about it for many years . . I just finally decided to go ahead and do it . . . you'll find incentives a number of different places, rebates, state income tax breaks etc . . . and it just plain feels good . .. no more power outages here . . . and doing something good for the environment . . . .
If anyone is interested I'll be happy to share my experience / details / setup / pix etc . . . .