Category Archives: Solar energy

Oily Rag Ed’

An expert in solar energy has told me some interesting facts about the price of power. Consumers typically pay 30c per kwh. Of that about 5 is the wholesale cost of the power (the price retailers pay for the power). 15 cents is line charges (the cost to get the power from the generator to […]

Solar sense

Some say that solar power is the way of the future, but the high upfront cost of solar panels has been a stumbling block. So there was a ripple of excitement within the oily rag community recently when a media headline exclaimed, “Free panels place solar power within reach for kiwis”. However, on further reading, it is apparent that while there are lots of free things for the frugally minded, solar power is not yet one of them.