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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert.Boston View Post
    Don't laugh at the idea of being charged to disconnect -- this does happen for large customers in some places, allowing the utility to recover the capital cost of the distribution interconnection. Suppose your house is at the end of the line, 10 miles from the nearest neighbor. That last 10 miles was built to service your property. Is it reasonable to be able to walk away from that investment by the utility without charge? I'm not sure, so I offer it up for discussion.
    If the last ten miles was built to service your property for free and the local utility is concerned you'll jump ship, then they can require you sign a contract saying that if you disconnect within x amount of years, every usage, or whatever, then you'll have to reimburse them for some outstanding amount from the original connection based on how much you've used or how long you've been connected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omgwtfbyobbq View Post
    If the last ten miles was built to service your property for free and the local utility is concerned you'll jump ship, then they can require you sign a contract saying that if you disconnect within x amount of years, every usage, or whatever, then you'll have to reimburse them for some outstanding amount from the original connection based on how much you've used or how long you've been connected.
    And if you or a new neighbor re-connects, you get your money back? Like that would happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norbert View Post
    And if you or a new neighbor re-connects, you get your money back? Like that would happen.
    Somewhat along these lines, PG&E required an additional new pole to be installed to feed a new home build. They offered two options - pay some portion of the cost of the new pole OR pay the whole cost and then get money back if and when any other customer was connected to it. In this particular case, there was little chance of another customer ever using it because the area was fully developed and the surrounding houses were fed from completely different lines from different directions. Therefore, choosing the lowest present cost was the easy choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miimura View Post
    Somewhat along these lines, PG&E required an additional new pole to be installed to feed a new home build. They offered two options - pay some portion of the cost of the new pole OR pay the whole cost and then get money back if and when any other customer was connected to it. In this particular case, there was little chance of another customer ever using it because the area was fully developed and the surrounding houses were fed from completely different lines from different directions. Therefore, choosing the lowest present cost was the easy choice.
    Which seems to mean that in the end, if you moved out (or disconnected) and someone else took your place, you wouldn't get your money back.
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    A great infographic that illustrates solar's growth in the US in 2013. I especially like the part that says that more solar has been installed in the past 18 months than in the prior 30 years.

    Infographic: US Solars Best Year Ever : Greentech Media

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    Is this the right thread to ask about SCTY stock price and the upcoming full-year guidance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsoon View Post
    Is this the right thread to ask about SCTY stock price and the upcoming full-year guidance?
    No, discuss it here Alternative Energy Investor Discussions (formerly SCTY thread)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwdiver View Post
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    Just arrived... ~30kW of solar hope to have first couple systems on-line in ~2 weeks.
    Any updates?

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