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Lodi residents look to solar fair to reduce electric rates

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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2008 10:00 pm

Hutchins Street Square was filled Monday with people interested in buying a solar power system and 23 vendors who wanted to sell a solar power system, and everyone wanting to take advantage of Lodi's solar energy rebate that began Jan. 1.

"We want to make a presence here because of the Lodi rebate program," said Jonathan Mack, a solar consultant for Premier Power in El Dorado Hills. "You can save 30 to 70 percent on your bill and remain viable."

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  • posted at 5:17 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2008.


    If you think there's anything on the up and up with Lodi or its educational district, why has this dirty little town sunk into oblivion since the mid 90's and is now considered a piece of Stockton? Thank your wealthy and good old boys for that.

  • posted at 5:15 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2008.


    The city is only offering less than a half dozen of these rebates per year. The council said that Lodi doesn't have enough funds to pay all at once, hence you see that 6 million spread out EVENLY over 10 years. Watched the CC meeting and that's a fact.Call LEUD and ask Mr. Lechner how much is available this year. It'll make you want to vomit. Just another feel good story with no details and just half-truths.

    The presentation the CC put on at their meeting stressed basically residential only because we Lodians are subsidizing rates for companies like Cottage bakery, General Mills, who, by the way, sells electricity back to LEUD at the end of the month for more than they get it for, the plastics plants, the PCP cannery and Lodi Iron, just to name a few.

  • posted at 5:07 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2008.


    Are you sure those figures are right. After watching the presentation at the council meeting a month or so ago, these figures in the Sentinel seem to be untrue. Are you referring to a large system for a manufacturing plant? Why wouldn't there be some comparison for a typical one-family home?

  • posted at 2:40 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2008.


    If people go for these what is the city going to raise to make up for the loss in revenue? And please don't tell me they will be so happy that people have gone solar they won't raise anything.

  • posted at 2:11 am on Tue, Jan 15, 2008.


    Solar sounds great and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, BUT!
    What bank is going to lend a business money with a 10-20 year break even? And to compound things the ROI calculation bets on fuzzy math with utility rate increases etc. UNtil the ROI can be shortened to 5-7 years Solar is DOA.



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