I have discovered this;
Industrial users regularly have “demand charges” added to their utility fee structure.
This demand fee is just a normal cost of doing business, of course all these fees are added to the cost of the goods sold, ultimately paid for by the end user.
My discovery is that no other utility has a demand fee for solar users in the residential sector. Period.
In the fall winter and spring the demand charge from my utility is $4 per kilowatt. In the summer it is $9.
The first month my solar system was installed, I gave the utility 650 kilowatts. I used 6 from the grid during that demand fee window. $45 fee.
I am resorting to having to disconnect from the grid in the evening, when there is no solar production, so I don’t get blasted with this demand fee.
In the summer, solar production happens all the time of the demand charge hours. During the rest of the year, the solar production ends 2 to 4 hours before the demand fee ends.