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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Will Buying an EV Cause Our Electric Bill to Go Down?

Since we installed our solar panels in May 2012 we have been generating almost all of the electricity we use, but depending on the time of year most months we still do buy some electricity from SoCalEd (Southern California Edison). When we bought a Chevrolet Spark EV in January 2014 we knew that it was […]