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NID and solar

This letter is in reference to a small paragraph, which appears on page 4 of the recent “NID Waterways” blurb that the customers receive with their bills titled “NID Goes Solar.” It states that they are spending $600,000 to put in a solar system at one of their facilities to provide 15 percent of this station’s total energy needs.

Since the district is raising water rates and on Page 1 of the referenced blurb the district states they are losing $6 million in state money, can they possibly justify this money losing-expenditure?

Space doesn’t permit a dissertation on the economics of solar power but please consider the following:



1. NID generates its own hydroelectric, so their cost for their own electric is miniscule compared to a homeowner’s electric rate.

2. The article states that half the money ($300,000) will be provided by a “grant” from PG&E. C’mon folks, who gives PG&E their money? We people who have homes with gas and electric provided by them and pay their bills. (Most if not all NID customers, I suspect). Is it time for another course on “Free Money 101”?




Hopefully, the district will be able to produce a realistic economic analysis of this venture.

Thomas Steinert

Auburn


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