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Big Buck Sunday, October 24th, 2010 10:57 AM

Net Metering Question
 
Thinking about buying a house in Aruba.

Does the power company allow net metering?

In other words, if I have photovoltaic panels on my house in Aruba, does the power company allow un-used electricity to be sold back into the grid = net metering?

arubabob Sunday, October 24th, 2010 12:13 PM

Re: Net Metering Question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Big Buck (Post 102955)
Thinking about buying a house in Aruba.

Does the power company allow net metering?

In other words, if I have photovoltaic panels on my house in Aruba, does the power company allow un-used electricity to be sold back into the grid = net metering?

I dont know if they allow it on private homes. The Playa Lindas news letter said they wanted to put in solar panels to offset some of the costs for electricity. The goverment ruled that if they put in solar panels, they had to be 100% dependant on them or other sources and be disconected from the grid. So, that would be a no for businesses.

Big Buck Sunday, October 24th, 2010 04:45 PM

Re: Net Metering Question
 
Thanks, Bob. This does not look good for saving energy in Aruba.

Does anyone know who to contact in the government to discuss this matter?

Big Buck Monday, October 25th, 2010 01:27 PM

Re: Net Metering Question
 
Up - Date:]

I have contacted Kelvin Augustin with W.E.B. Aruba N.V - WATER- EN ENERGIEBEDRIJF ARUBA N.V. (WEB) - Aruba’s water and electric company and here are his answers concerning Net Metering:

What is your policy on "Net Metering"?
“Sir we do not have net metering in Aruba”
Do you think that WEB Aruba NV will institute a net metering policy in the near future?
“There are discussing but nothing concrete yet”

The following is a definition of Net Metering:

Net Metering is a policy implemented by some states and electric utilities to ensure that any extra electricity produced by an on-site generator, such as a small wind system, can be sent back into the utility system for fair credit. For example, if a home’s (utility-connected) small wind turbine produces more electricity than the home can use, the excess electricity is sent back into the distribution system to be used by someone else. This excess generation can cause the small-turbine owner’s home electric meter to spin backwards to indicate essentially “negative” electricity usage, effectively “banking” excess production. Net metering allows such a customer to be credited at the end of the billing period, usually a month or sometimes a year, for any “net” consumption or production of electricity. Since a single meter is used to measure in- and out-flow, the customer automatically receives compensation from the utility for any excess electricity produced at the full retail electricity rate.

As we all know, Aruba has an abundance of Wind & Sun, two of the most environmentally friendly producers of electricity. Hopefully, Aruba will encourage the implementation of wind generators and photovoltaic panels by allowing “Net Metering” in the near future. Without Net Metering an individual would have to depend on a large banks of very expensive batteries to store the power, which in most cases makes the installation too expensive.
Please encourage WEB Aruba NV to institute Net Metering – It’s the right thing to do for Aruba and the world.

mark Friday, October 29th, 2010 12:56 PM

Re: Net Metering Question
 
There are talks about certain policy changes as regards alternative energy possibly being implemented "sometime" next year, but its still early days - Nothing definite yet. The current Aruba government appears to be backing green and alternative energy policies. There's been the customary rhetoric and idealism but not much practical application to date.


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