Anonymous asked in EnvironmentGreen Living · 7 months ago

Is it legally possible to operate a small scale for profit solar farm?

Say to generate $10,000 a year. At what point are you a public utility?

6 Answers

  • Fred
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Depends if you mean an off grid system to run several homes, or an on grid system. The off grid system for several homes you would have to have a very large battery system back ups for the power system when the sun does not shine. In most places a system connected to the grid adding in power generally you get only a fraction of the pay from the power company than what they resell it for. I would say to have a profitable system for selling power would not pay unless you have one of those that covers large areas and worth many millions of dollars.

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  • John
    Lv 4
    7 months ago

    Of course it's legally possible but apparently​ what you don't understand is it's not a fly by night business like fast food or telephone.

    People depend on things like electricity and water treatment, medicine and farming/ranching for their lives.

    It's not something your in 'until you've made' enough or you 'quit because your too old and want to retire'.

    Your in it for the long haul even after your dead you come back from the grave just to check on it.

    As long as civilisation lasts your in business money or no money.

    On a personal scale of providing for yourself that's your business but for others?

    They'll need to to be there for them no matter how your 'feeling'.

    The picture is my tiny 55kw DC personal power station.


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  • 7 months ago

    we have 18 panels producing 20 kilowatts a day

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  • 7 months ago

    If you are a grid connected Solar generator, you will only be paid the wholesale rate for any net production that you feed to the grid. Which is a fraction of you you pay per kWh on your bill, normally. If that volume is above some small minimum, you are a "NUG". A Non Utility Generator. And that comes with all kinds of administrative burdens and regulations.

    So either you are supplying your home, or are a large enterprise. The regs and market forces kind of crush the middle ground opportunities.

    No different for wing BTW.

    Source(s): 33 year utility employee and licensed solar installer.
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  • 7 months ago

    In many states it is legally possible, but probably not economically possible. Here we have a small solar farm designed to generate offset certs, that is the only way I can see to make money.

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  • 7 months ago

    You are a "public" utility when a municipality signs up to use your services.

    Solar farms - the short-sighted solution that future generations will have to deal with (kill the ecosystem).

    Just like the breakwater along the California coast, that no one can figure out how to fix.

    - built in the 1940s

    - spent the last 30 or so years on study after study have to remove and yet, it sits there....

    • Rudydoo
      Lv 6
      7 months agoReport

      Of course, those coal plants have never caused a problem for future generations.

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