After being told by SunRun that they
could not install a solar energy
system in Pemberton Borough NJ
because the Borough would not permit
a NET METER, I was deeply
disappointed and still wanted to
install a solar system to reduce my
carbon footprint and also reduce my
dependence on Pemberton Borough
Electric Company who charges
$0.22 per kwh. The promise of
large savings from a solar
installation was very attractive.
see if there was anything they could
was advised that Pemberton
Borough Electric Company
prohibits NET METERS.
They were also told about the SunRun
decision. I asked if there was
anything they could do. Mr.
Eugene Kingman, the
ENERGY® Sales representative said
he would check with the management
and also check with Pemberton
Borough to see if there was a
work around. In the mean time
he provided a quote after receiving
my usage for several years and my
electric bills. A couple of
weeks later, Mr. Kingman returned to
found a solution. His boss had
talked with Pemberton Borough
and found a work around.
Mr. Kingman couldn't tell me who his
Boss had talked to nor cold he tell
me the proprietary solution to
circumvent the need for a NET
METER. At this point in
time, I really didn't understand the
physics of the installation and
interconnection. That would
change. A contract was
presented for the installation which
I signed. Pemberton Borough
was given a check for $3000 for the
permit. The system
installation was scheduled and was
completed on July 15, 2012.
The inspection was completed and
then a 30 page contract from
Pemberton Borough was sent to me.
I refused to sign it. I was
not aware of the contract prior to
the installation or at the time I
signed the contract. That was
a failure of
After 4 months of negotiations with
Pemberton Borough a modified
contract was presented which I
signed. The connection to the
grid was completed on December 19,
2012. I started monitoring the
performance of the system and found
that I was not seeing any savings.
They could not provide an answer.
After 8 months of study and
measurements we found that the way
Pemberton Borough had placed
it's meter on the system, they were
taking all the energy produced.
They sold it back to me at $0.22 /
kwh. They pay me $0.05 / kwh
for the energy they take. It
costs me $0.11 / kwh to generate.
The bottom line is that there was no
solution to the prohibition of the
NET METER. This is a
GRID TIED system and it can not
function as they quoted without a
NET METER in the system.
No one at
a period of 3 years ever said that
to me. By telling me they had a way
around the net meter prohibition
they committed FRAUD.
The contract I signed was obtained
offered to convert the system to a
Grid Assist installation.
I would pay for the hardware if
ENERGY® would pay for the
ENERGY® rejected the offer.
For an installation on a Public
Utility's grid, I'm sure
can do an excellent job.
I have no problem with the quality
of the equipment or the
installation. I do have a
problem with an organization that
refuses to accept the error that was
made and refuses take appropriate
in litigation and attempting to
protect themselves from this claim
of FRAUD. It's taking
time and lots of money but I refuse
to let them get away with their