Entergy Ends Net Metering in LA

They’ve Done it Now – Entergy Ends Net Metering in LA

by Jeff Shaw  11/25/15

sm0822pipe 1 KURDZUKAs quietly as possible, in a 1:30 PM afternoon email on the day before Thanksgiving, Entergy announces that they will no longer give full credit for solar power returned to them from solar customers.  The change takes place on January 1, 2016 for all new customers.  This was based on the most recent LPSC meeting vote (3-2) on 11/18/15 to accept the Administrative Law Judge recommendation from 3/17/15 which approved the LPSC staff calculations of Net Metering.  Despite simple proof that I provided showing that they were wrong, they approved it anyway.

This proves that:
1. Utilities hate solar because they can’t figure out how to make money on it.
2. Some LPSC members vote for what the utilities want, because the utilities contribute to them.
3. Regardless what the overwhelming majority of people wanted, they were overruled.

This means that:
1. The Louisiana law that I wrote in 2003 which started solar adoption here has been overturned.
2. This was done by the LPSC without any Legislative direction to do so.
3. It is following a nationwide trend by utilities to stop solar.

Contact us at Gulf South Solar on how we can make solar WORK FOR YOU despite Entergy’s move to stop you.

Here’s the official details:  (click to enlarge and read)

entergy net metering end

I Want to Get Off the Grid

I Want to Get Off the Grid!

6kwalexandria21Typically we get the calls in September right after the hottest month in Louisiana, which is August. They start by announcing “I want to get off the grid!” 99% of these people actually mean something totally different than what they are saying.

When we ask them why, they typically say “I just got my August electric bill in and it was double because it was over 100 degrees most of the month with no rain, and I like my house cool, and now I hate Entergy for sending me this bill, so I want to go off grid and never pay them a dime again”!

Obviously this is not an off-grid customer, nor will they ever be one, I am sorry to say.

If they call and say “I want to get off the grid” and we ask them why, and they say “I’m building an energy efficient home with all energy efficient appliances”, we know they are serious. Off grid living is different from grid connected, grid-tied battery backup living, net-zero living, or even grid-zero living. Many people confuse these. Off grid living is a lifestyle and choice often influenced by the cost of electricity, cost or impossibility of running electricity to a desired location. We have customers happily living like this so I can personally tell you it can be done and we can do it.

If a customer wants to try to live “off-grid” or learn how to live off-grid, we have a system for them. It is called GridZero. This allows them to put their critical loads on a separate electrical sub-panel and power them primarily with solar. Their central A/C and other heavy loads remain connected to the grid as usual, and they begin to feel more independent. Eventually they may be able to live without the central A/C, relying more on zone cooling with a window unit or mini-split.

If a customer wants to lower their bills and rely less on the grid, we have a system for them. It is called “Grid Tied”. We design a system that matches their usage, and that fits within their budget, and simply provides solar power to their home whenever the sun is shining. We can even get them to annually average close to a zero electric bill.

Most often this is what they really want. No lifestyle change. No massive battery bank. They want a peaceful coexistence with the public utility company they choose to blame for their excess power consumption.

What do you want? It’s a great day for solar! Give us a call at Gulf South Solar, 225-932-0035

Thanks – Jeff Shaw – NABCEP Certified Installer


The History of Solar in Louisiana

The History of Solar in Louisiana

The history of solar in Louisiana is very colorful one, and I look forward to telling it one day in detail.  It involves politicians, criminals, get-rich-quick schemes, and even some great people!  For now, I’ll just outline the milestones in timeline format so you can see the bigger picture of what has happened.  I cover the span of 1999 – present, since there was no activity to speak of in Louisiana before the Louisiana Solar Energy Society (LSES) was formed.  It’s broken into three slides so click on the sections below to enlarge.