Now their firm, SolarCity, is coming forward with statistics they say
show that the utilities are, at best, completely befuddled by the
challenge and, at worst, may actively be throwing up obstacles along the
path to connecting solar customers to the grid.
So far, of
the 100 customers who've had units installed at their homes since they
went on sale at the end of 2011, just 12 have been hooked into their
local grid, SolarCity said. The firm now has a backlog of 500
applications for connections, and has had to stop adding to their queue.
"We're trying to
drive down the road, but there’s a roadblock," said SolarCity spokesman
Will Craven. "We're not going to drive through a roadblock — we're just
waiting for roadblocks to be removed."
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