Why is a "tariff-based" model so important?


(from the Energy Efficiency Institute): "Wherever the grid reaches today, utilities have achieved near universal access by recovering investments through an agreement with customers called a "tariff." Champions of distributed energy solutions don’t enjoy tariff authority, which has led to the use of alternatives such as loans or leases. While the distributed energy technologies are scalable, financing instruments used today are not, and many customers are effectively locked out of these investments."

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