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Can You Guess the Biggest Advantage Utilities Have Over Solar Installers in San Antonio?

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In the world of energy production, there has been a rise in the use of renewable energy sources such as solar power. But what happens when it comes to the distribution of this energy? In San Antonio, there has been a long-standing debate over the advantages that utilities have over solar installers. As a Utility, it is important to understand the pros and cons of both sides before making a decision. In this article, we will explore three of the biggest advantages that utilities have over solar installers and why they hold such a powerful position in the energy industry. 

Grid Connection 

The first advantage that utilities have over solar installers is the grid connection. Most homes in San Antonio already have an electric hook-up, meaning that getting power to your home is as simple as verifying your identity, making a downpayment, and waiting a few days for the power to come on. This eliminates the need for homeowners to decide whether they want to have a grid connection tied to their homes. This is a powerful advantage because people generally hate making decisions, and this eliminates the potential downsides of having a grid connection. 

Speed of Turn-On 

The second advantage that utilities have over solar installers is the speed of turn-on. When you customers choose to go solar, it can take up to four months to get the system installed and turned on by the power company. However, the electric company can turn your power on much faster. While this might seem like a good thing, it is important to remember that anything that is fast and easy is usually not very advantageous and could be dangerous. 

Fighting Microgrids 

The third advantage that utilities have over solar installers is their ability to slow-walk the approval process, commissioning, and go-live for rooftop solar installations. This slows down the time it takes to go solar and protects the profits of the utilities. However, as more severe weather events expose the weakness of the grid, more homeowners, your subscribers, may be willing to make the decision to go solar and be willing to wait for something that is good for their wallets and the environment. 

Your Call to Action 

In conclusion, the biggest advantages that utilities have over solar installers in San Antonio are their grid connection, speed of turn-on, and ability to slow-walk the approval process for rooftop solar installations. While these advantages may seem appealing, it's important to weigh the pros and cons before deciding to embrace solar as a Utility. As the world moves towards renewable energy, it will be interesting to see how the relationship between utilities and solar installers evolves. So, are you ready to make the switch to embrace solar power? The choice is yours. 


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