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    Quote Originally Posted by GURPS View Post
    plenty of sun baked desert out west
    The cost to transmit the power to the regions that need it would negate any profits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by black dog View Post
    i would bet its just with the Energy Charges and not including Distribution Charges there.
    They include both. I'd much rather have SMECO than Pepco or BG&E just from a service perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPD View Post
    I'm sure there is a class action lawsuit there somewhere for the extortion fee SMECO is demanding. I commend you for holding out. I continue to say that once everyone has a smart meter, the government will then dictate to the utility companies when we can and can't have electricity powering our homes. News or videos on the internet our government doesn't want us to see? Bam - turn off the electricity to the minions!

    Concerning the new solar farms, my belief is that we will starve in this country because of the acres of productive farmland being gobbled up for this crap. But hey, the bright side is we should all have affordable environmentally friendly electricity.....when the government deems it is suitable for us!!
    You do realize it's not extortion but a reimbursement for the meter readers? SMECO was relieving itself of meter readers, so someone has to pay to keep them. You don't think someone has the power now to turn off your electricity?

    Land development in our area is a horrible subject. It's being gobbled up by investors and the stupid bureaucrats aren't slowing growth. The solar farms could be pole mounted and incorporate better tracking systems, but the ROI isn't there. Wind power isn't really a viable option for our area. Ask the Charles County commissioners about their ROI at the 301 welcome center.

    https://apps2.eere.energy.gov/wind/w...asp?stateab=md
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    Quote Originally Posted by GURPS View Post

    ethanol has already priced poor Mexicans out of the corn Market
    As long as we can afford to burn corn in our car engines, we have plenty of land left.

    If MD chicken farmers can't grow enough corn locally, then maybe we shouldn't be farming as many chickens. The phosphate inflow from the poultry industry is a significant contributor to bay pollution.

    For this particular project, there is no productive farmland being sacrificed. I suspect they'll clear one of the tree farms for this which raises another fun question: If I want to fell 3 acres of trees on my land in Chuck Co, the county acts like I am trying to singlehandedly wipe out the crabs in the bay. If SMECO clear-cuts 300 acres, the county commissioners will show up for the ribbon cuttting. Hypocrites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutz View Post
    You do realize it's not extortion but a reimbursement for the meter readers? SMECO was relieving itself of meter readers, so someone has to pay to keep them. You don't think someone has the power now to turn off your electricity?

    Land development in our area is a horrible subject. It's being gobbled up by investors and the stupid bureaucrats aren't slowing growth. The solar farms could be pole mounted and incorporate better tracking systems, but the ROI isn't there. Wind power isn't really a viable option for our area. Ask the Charles County commissioners about their ROI at the 301 welcome center.

    https://apps2.eere.energy.gov/wind/w...asp?stateab=md
    The proposed solar farm this thread is about will utilize single axis tracking systems.
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    Got my SMECO bill today.

    My Capital Credit Refund was a whopping $0.97
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris0nllyn View Post
    Got my SMECO bill today.

    My Capital Credit Refund was a whopping $0.97
    That must be the awesome benefit of the solar array and windmills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nutz View Post
    You do realize it's not extortion but a reimbursement for the meter readers? SMECO was relieving itself of meter readers, so someone has to pay to keep them. You don't think someone has the power now to turn off your electricity?
    It's exactly what it is. When I signed up for electricity, I just wanted them to calculate my total monthly usage for any 30-31 day period. Visit my house once a month for the before and after read. That's it. If I wanted my electrical usage to be monitored by the minute, and reported to a data collection server every five minutes, that also could determine when I was home or away from home, and down to what kind of appliance I had in my home, to when my A/C unit kicked in and for how long, as well as my refrigerator, or electric stove/oven, or any other electrical device, I would have asked for it. I didn't ask for it. It would have been forced on me to be basically spied upon unless I pay them to leave the meter on my house that has been there since the house was built. These capital credits could have been used to pay the $2.1 million per year for the meter readers. SMECO BS talks all high and mighty about how home owners will be able to order electrically "a la carte". Really? When the average monthly usage is 1300 kwh? So maybe someone could save $2-$5 a month? I also do not give a s*it, zero, about what my neighbor's usage is, or isn't. All the reasons given by SMECO to have these "smart meters" installed in dumb home owner's houses and businesses are all BS! But you go ahead and believe everything SMECO tells you. Just like you believe everything the government tells you.
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    And even before this 27MW array gets built, 1900MW of fossil generation are going online in the county. Just bumping the slider on the output of either of the new gas plants will create more power than the entire new PV plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by officeguy View Post
    And even before this 27MW array gets built, 1900MW of fossil generation are going online in the county. Just bumping the slider on the output of either of the new gas plants will create more power than the entire new PV plant.
    Exactly. Solar power gobbles up tremendous amounts of land for a pitifully low amount of power production.
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