This article references and cites a New York Times article that is behind a paywall, but the meat is there:

An interesting economic venture seems to be to take over the whole investment, but install the panels at the consumers' premises. The consumer also does not have to care about maintenance. All he knows is he is paying a fixed rate for 20 years. The seller speculates on increasing electricity prices, which is profitable if he sells any power that the consumer is not using on the market.

However, pricing of renewable energy is probably over-regulated. Innovative experiments in pricing approaches do not happen for this reason, claims the article. An interesting question of mine: How much consumer protection does regulation currently achieve? Because experiments in pricing tend to be unfriendly to consumers who seek stability.

28 Aug 2012 - 7:05
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