Monthly report: September 2019
Figures as per 22 September 2019 *
- 179.767 kW produced;
- € 34.18 earned;
- 70.51 Kg CO2 emission saved;
- equals 0.24 trees planted; total 3.65 trees.
* The connection between the solar converter and the house wifi network was lost as per 20 September; the data about the production of the last 11 days of September are NOT included in the above table. I hope to get the data when the connection is restaured, but we are still waiting for a sign of life of SOLAR NRG to send a reparation team.
Monthly report: August 2019
Figures as per 31 August 2019
- 365.294 kW produced;
- € 69.38 earned;
- 408.60 Kg CO2 emission saved;
- equals 0.48 trees planted; total 3.31 trees.
Monthly report: June 2019
Figures as per 30 June 2019
- 421.035 kW produced;
- € 80.00 earned;
- 165.05 Kg CO2 emission saved;
- equals 0.56 trees planted; total 2.41 trees.
Monthly report: May 2019
Figures as per 31 May 2019
- 367.536 kW produced;
- € 67.76 earned;
- 142.76 Kg CO2 emission saved;
- equals 0.47 trees planted; total 1.85 trees.
The smart meter is needed because the network is under pressure. We use WiFi everywhere and at all times, drive electrically, want as much renewable energy as possible, generate energy ourselves and want to deliver this back to the network. These technical innovations make a lot possible, but also set high demands. The smart meter gives us insight into where the network is under pressure and the network needs to be weighted. A smart meter is an electronic device that records consumption of electric energy and communicates the information to the electricity supplier for monitoring and billing. Smart meters typically record energy hourly or more frequently, and report at least daily.
Combination with a solar panel system:
Usually solar panels produce electricity at a time when you do not use any electricity yourself. That power is then supplied to the electricity network. The energy company then settles the supply with the electricity that you purchase from the network (this is called netting) and pays the same price for this for your electricity (on average of € 0.23 / £ 0.20 / CA$ 0.35 per kWh, price level 2019). This set-off scheme applies till 2020. Starting 2021, a feed-back subsidy will probably take its place. With this you earn back your solar panels in an average of 7 years. The subsidy will also apply if you already have solar panels.
You take 2,000 kWh of electricity a year from the network and you supply 2,500 kWh to the electricity grid through your solar panels.
The energy company must pay the current electricity tariff for 2,000 kWh of supplied electricity (21 cents per kWh, contract price level 2019).
It may pay a lower rate for the remaining 500 kWh (this is often referred to as the feed-in charge).
The energy company may determine the lower rate itself.
- The reimbursement is € 0.07 per kWh.
If you produce a lot of electricity, it is therefore worth comparing different companies. There are overviews on the internet, for example, search for ‘returning power and offsetting’.
In our personal situation the consumption level is about 3,800kW. Our solar panel system can produce 2,700kW max per year. So -also considering that an electric boiler will be installed to reduce the gas consumption- we will always pay for electricity, although the -now very expensive- gas consumption will decline. Electricity: 3,800 kW @ € 0,21 per kW = € 798 consumed last year (not including all fixed costs per year), and we did not deliver back to the grid. Gas: 3,304 m3 @ € 0.81 per m3 = € 2,676 consumed last year (not including all fixed costs per year). Our monthly instalment was € 323. So the year bill (not including all fixed costs) will say:
- € 0,798 electricity consumption
- € 2,676 gas consumption
- – € 3,876 monthly instalments
- – € 0,402 balance in our advantage, as it will cover the not included fixed costs.
Next year there will be an other situation:
- Electricity consumption will incline, because of the new electric boiler.
- Gas consumption however will decline.
- We will deliver back to the grid the overproduction of electricity.
With the result:
- € 1,000 electricity consumption
- € 2,000 gas consumption
- – € 0,150 back delivery from solar panels
- € 2,850 total due (not included all fixed costs per year)
- € 0,250 fixed costs
- € 3,100 total due (all revenues and costs included)
- € 0,260 monthly instalment
First tree planted!
At 04:00pm today there was our first tree!
1 tree = 298.88Kg not emissioned CO2 =
€ 135 / £ 116 / CA$ 202 earned = 760kW produced electricity.
01 April 2019 (no joke!) was our most productive day so far: first input at 07:15am 12W last input at 07:30pm 8W, day revenue 16.766kW. Considering that the panels were out of order for 33 days between 31 January and 22 March, we could have surpassed the 1,000kW.
Where sunrise at the moment is at 06:55am and sunset is at 08:20pm, there is 13h 15m daylight. In June the longest day will start with a sunsrise at 05:17am and end with a sunset at 09:59pm, there will be 16h 02m daylight. (All times are in GMT+1 and for Nimwegen only, as the data varies by longitude and latitude).
Monthly report: March 2019
Figures as per 31 March 2019
Considering, that the installation was out of order during the first half of the month, and that the technicians repaired the installation on 29 March 2019:
- 122.858 kW produced;
- € 23.36 earned;
- 18.16 Kg CO2 emission saved;
- equals 0.16 trees planted; total 0.89 trees.