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Hi Mark,

Great blog! Excellent material on data centers.

In this case I think you're forgetting about time-of-day rates. The kw generated by solar in the daytime is worth 2-3 kw of evening or nightime power. Net metering today allows kw-for-kw trades of PV power, at least for small installations like these. So it's still a net benefit for the utility (and the average rate payer)

Some future feed-in-tariff or other scheme could mess this up, of course, and give solar too much benefit for its daytime value. But today, I think the net metering for PV is to the utility's benefit.

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