Solar panel rooftops to feed grid
7. 7. 2016 | Source: BusinessInfo.cz
Owners of small-scale roof mounted solar panels might soon have a way of selling excess generated power. Market sources say several electricity suppliers are mulling the idea of offering “net metering trades” to solar-powered customers.
Under this scheme, whenever a roof-mounted solar unit generates more power than the household consumes the surplus can be sent to the power company. When invoicing the household for consumed electricity, the firm takes the solar power it has received into account.
So far only energy giant ČEZ has openly said it is aiming to introduce the new product. "It will be available for surplus electricity generated by small solar units of up to 10 kW in output that do not require a permit to operate. Households will receive a bonus, reflecting the conditions of [renewable resource] subsidy programs," said Jan Kanta, manager of the legislative and market department at ČEZ.
Anyone interested in installing solar panels on their roof need not actually wait for the new product's introduction as other power suppliers, such as Amper Market and Nano Energies, have been purchasing electricity from small producers for several years. Those who are clients of these firms get paid CZK 400 and CZK 500, respectively, for each megawatt hour fed into the grid.
Originally published in E15 weekly, economic and business newsmagazine. Author: Jan Stuchlík