SaskPower is frustrating. I’m going to send their President a message, because it should not have taken four months for them to get out to a home to do a little inspection and hookup, when they’d been pestered by a (decades) longtime customer, and also a business to do it. There were also several people in the Eneraction office trying to speed up the process too.
That photo is of many thousands of dollars worth of solar panels generating electricity that had no where to go for months, because SaskPower doesn’t make it a priority to hook up green power to their grid. They talk about having programs, but don’t support them.
One possible explanation for a short delay in hookup could be that the flooding that destroyed homes in Maple Creek, Yorkton, and elsewhere this Summer has crews working overtime. But surely they have enough staff to manage a single installation that adds electricity to the grid?
Speaking with another person who hooks up solar PV panels for people’s homes, he said he was aware of new PV panel owners that hook up the power without inspection, then disconnect it before SaskPower arrives, so they aren’t left in the situation my parents were in. This is of course less safe, and SaskPower should not be putting people in such a position where they face paying for panels they cannot safely/legally use.
Recent stats from a SaskPower magazine indicate there are only about 130 customers in the entire province adding power to the grid in the way my parents are. By the end of this year, there should be about 170 customers/producers like them. There are obviously more than 100,000 SaskPower customers. 170 is a totally unacceptable low number.
Saskatchewan needs a feed-in tariff to support faster adoption of green power production. The current power purchase options are not going to encourage investment in methods better than coal and natural gas burning.
A fictional TV oil tycoon is a booster for solar panels now.