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Dougie
What steps are required to sell electricity from a home made power source? View All
Does it matter where I live (i.e. government regulations)? Or what type of source I am producing power from?

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Richard B
It would definitely depend on where you live as well as what source you are producing from. In South Africa (where I live) there is one company which produces electricity (Eskom) and there are basically no other options, other than producing your own from solar panels, hydro or small generators. In other countries (UK and Australia, I think), producing electricity at home is actively encouraged i.e. any power which you produce at home and don't use (e.g. from solar panels etc) goes straight back onto the main grid and the local electricity regulator pays you for that. This seems like a brilliant idea. You would have to speak to someone at your local electricity provider to find out what their policies are regarding this sort of thing.

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Michael
Assuming you are in the US, yes it matters. I believe my local utility co. does not and is not required to purchase any electrical power I may generate from my home but they would give me a credit for any power I produced in excess of what I used. I could create a utility co. to sell my excess power but suspect the federal, state and local regulations make this impractical since I have no infrastructure to get my power to my customer not economically feasible.

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JJ
I also agree it depends on were you live. What you need to know first is if there is a "distributed generation" law or regulation in your country. This means if you are able to sale your electricity to the local power distribution compamy, and find out who pays for that distribution, or if they charge you for using their elctric lines, etc.

If you're free to sale your production to the local distribution company, then you're on man!!


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