Another Year, Another Check from SoCalEd

We have completed another year of net billing for our large PV solar installation. After all the math was done it turned out we were net producers of electricity again, and so we got another check. Not much money, but better than a $1000 a month bill. During this year our battery electric vehicle (BEV) […]

Final Accounting For Solar Year 3, SoCalEd Pays Us $74

We ended up being net producers of electricity for our third billing year having solar power online. It was also the first full year during which we charged a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), which was charged nowhere else in the entire year. With all of that we still were net producers of electricity while running […]

Mid-Winter Update on Solar Power

We had some actual, much needed rain in December 2014, so power generation was reduced. Obviously the shorter days and lower sun angle also reduce solar power production in the winter. We’ve had our mid-December to mid-January bill, and so far we still have a credit with SoCalEd. It’s pretty much as expected, no cause […]

Solar Electric Update As Winter Approaches

During the long, sunny days of summer when we produce much more energy than we consume our electric bill goes negative as Southern California Edison pays us for excess power applied to the grid. But as winter approaches the days start getting shorter and shorter, and we inevitably start using more power than we produce. […]

Geeks Sell 371 kWh to SoCalEd in Mid-April to Mid-May Period

For our last SCE billing period we produced an excess of 12.79 kWh per day, on average, resulting in SoCalEd owing us $250 for the month. This reduced our ongoing annual bill to less than $700. On the graphic you’ll note a red triangle on May 11, that was an extended power outage caused by […]

Three Month User Report on Chevy Spark EV

It has been 3 months and 3 days since we bought our Chevrolet Spark EV. Here is an update on the car, with some details on the impact of an electric vehicle on our electric bill. I love this car so much that I treated it to a vanity plate. So far it still does […]

IRS Catches Up, Solar Update, EV Update

Here is an update on our grid-tie solar installation. The IRS has finally caught up with us, by having enough taxes withheld last year to finish applying our tax credits for our solar photovoltaic system. So that’s nice! We did finish our mid-February to mid-March SoCalEd billing period with a credit of $41, This was […]