Casa Sandbar??

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Monday, October 09, 2017, 17:06 (65 days ago)

I think you are the one who installed solar panels. How about a report? After getting a 7000 peso bill for a two month cyble . We have a minimum of lights and a fredge and a 40: TV.

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:29 (64 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

We did a lot of research into electric rates last year. The CFE page was a great resource.

What is probably killing you is the history. The more you use, the more you pay per kwh. However, unlike many places, once you are kicked up a level, you remain at that level for at least a year, so even though you use very little electricity, you are paying a high rate per kwh. That's why so many places have multiple meters. Keep consumption low, keep rates low. Your current rate was determined by who lived there last, unfortunately.

Fortunately for us, our house hadn't had electrical service for several years, and before the two AC units are installed, a second meter will be added, so each unit will be on it's own meter. Hopefully that, and being very conservative with the use of any electricity, especially the AC, will keep our costs at a manageable rate.

We, too, are hoping for a great report from Sandy and Barry at Casa Sandbar on the solar.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12:18 (64 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Your research correlates with what I have out. Also, our one meter runs our house and that of our caretaker; installing two meters with some re-routing of some wires should help. Also, understand to do this the meters have to have "new" owners for billing. And, the kick in to higher rate is based over usage over 3 billing cycle (six months). Owners, the only previous occupants on spent part of the year here and probable less than 3 billing cycles.

I plan to build in near future so am interested in solar; I had it in AZ and it was a bargain with 6 year cash on cash payback and 20 year lease with Solar City but the installation was heavily government subsidized.

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by midalake @, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12:38 (64 days ago) @ Talley Ho

We did a lot of research into electric rates last year. The CFE page was a great resource.

What is probably killing you is the history. The more you use, the more you pay per kwh. However, unlike many places, once you are kicked up a level, you remain at that level for at least a year, so even though you use very little electricity, you are paying a high rate per kwh. That's why so many places have multiple meters. Keep consumption low, keep rates low. Your current rate was determined by who lived there last, unfortunately.

Fortunately for us, our house hadn't had electrical service for several years, and before the two AC units are installed, a second meter will be added, so each unit will be on it's own meter. Hopefully that, and being very conservative with the use of any electricity, especially the AC, will keep our costs at a manageable rate.

We, too, are hoping for a great report from Sandy and Barry at Casa Sandbar on the solar.


Partially incorrect information.

First off there are 4 billing categories.

Once you reach the highest rate which is the "DAC" rate then it will take two full billing cycles without being in the DAC rate to be rid of the DAC rate.

You can move freely in and out of the other three billing rates without being penalized two billing cycles [4 months].

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by Casa Juan @, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 13:14 (64 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Is it still possible to get two meters served by CFE on one residence? I heard it was not in 2016.

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by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 13:21 (64 days ago) @ Casa Juan

I think it is possible to get two meters and two accounts but they must be in different names. Hope to have more info by this evening.

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by Ernesto ⌂ @, Troncones, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 16:03 (64 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Wrong !! I have a Friend in Troncones that has 3 meters all in his name .

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by Casa Juan @, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 19:29 (64 days ago) @ Ernesto

might depend on who you know

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 19:35 (64 days ago) @ Casa Juan

Or possibly the rules have changed.

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Casa Sandbar Helped Us at Dos Palmas in Troncones

by Emmet ⌂ @, Seattle WA, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 12:35 (64 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Hola! Casa Sandbar was an immense help to us and we piggybacked on their research and had solar installed last May'ish. We ended up having a carport built with 30 panels and then two additional panels over our tanaka. It took MONTHS to get the two way meter installed. During that time, we were still generating power, but any extra power went back to the grid without a credit. Our first bill "post-2-way meter" was much less than half of the normal bill but we weren't on the 2-way meter for long. I can log in (from here in Seattle) and see how my panels are performing....each individual panel that is. So, if one is bad, I can clean or fix it. The company that installed it is also monitoring it. They were great to work with. So far today we have generated 16.3 KW hours. The last three days have been 40.9, 41.7, and 42.7 with my 32 panels. I don't expect to be getting any bills for electricity for some time (pool, 3 a/c units, two ponds). We think the payoff will be five years though it could be four years. So far, we're super happy.