Quote from a Gordon link ...
benefits were confirmed recently in a study by Victorian utility Ausnet, which found that the value of solar and storage was about equal to both consumers (who save money) and the networks (who avoid upgrades).
Over the weekend I was out cycling in a zone about 40km from the nearest medium sized town when, out of nowhere, an instant new satellite zone of McMansions appeared thereby in one month quadrupling the size of a sleepy village that had been there for 100 years.
Rather than upgrading the poles and wires to supply the aircon to this [poorly designed in passive solar terms] instant village wouldn't it be much wiser to require such mini-villages to fit solar panels with enough capacity to slash the peak power requirements of these houses on hot summer days?
Acknowledged: post not directly related to GFiT in one way but very related to the cost of power
Primary system: .8KW Trina panels; Plasmatronics PL40; 1,000Ah VRLA 12X2V battery bank; 1.7KW Selectronic inverter
Veteran system, semi retired: 6 X 55W Solarex 12V panels; Fangpusun CC; 6 X 2V, 35 year old 550Ah lead acid flooded cell batteries.