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How close is the great grid defection?

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#1 sunnysky


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:30 PM

A great report with profound results  - a must read IMHO.




Here is one of the conclusions:

– 'Solar plus battery' grid parity is here already or coming soon for a rapidly growing minority of utility customers. Grid parity exists today in Hawaii for commercial customers, and will rapidly expand to reach residential customers as early as 2022. Grid parity will reach millions of additional residential and commercial customers in places like New York and California within a decade (see Figures 3 and 4 above).


And this is a picture of the future which is near:

Millions of customers representing billions of dollars in utility revenues will find themselves in a position to cost-effectively defect from the grid if they so choose. The so-called utility death spiral is proving not just a hypothetical threat, but a real, near, and present one. The coming grid parity of 'solar plus battery' systems in the foreseeable future, among other factors, signals the eventual demise of legacy utility business models.

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