The Raser scooter has the same dimensions as the Mosquito Tiger, but its hill climbing capacity has been greatly improved. It has all the power you would expect from a big scooter, without the price tag, especially if bought wholesale.
Raser scooters can climb the steepest hills with ease, yet are much quieter than bigger scooters.They come with an automatic clutch, with can be left idle after starting the scooter.
If you are interested in getting a Raser you should avoid buying from your local dealer. These stores usually have very high overhead and have to charge more to the consumer in order to make a profit.
If you want to save lots of money dealing directly with a wholesaler is your best option. You can easily save hundreds of dollars by buying from them. Many of them will also handle shipping and handling, saving you even more. All of these savings really add up.
Some wholesalers will even help you choose the right scooter for your needs. This can be very important as it is easy to make mistakes when buying a scooter. If, for instance, you don't know how much weight the scooter can handle, it may slow down a lot and you will not get the mileage you should.
Raser scooters are great machines and buying them from wholesale sources is the best way to get the best deal.
We often asked how we go about selling our surplus electricity back to the power company. There are a number of ways to do this and you should speak with your power company in the first instance.
Some of the terms they will use include:
The most common method of selling to your power company is Net Metering, which is intended for power company consumers with their own renewable energy generation facilities such as solar or wind. Many electricity meters are two way - ie, they can measure flow in both directions. Net metering means the consumer is charged the normal retail price for any electricity they use and receives a credit at the same rate for any electricity they pass to the power company. The "net" is the difference between the two.
Think of it like a bank - you make deposits and withdrawals. At the end of the agreed period (monthly or annually) there is a settlement and you either pay or are paid. Net metering does not normally require a formal agreement with your power company as the existing meter is suitable and it measures the 'net' or difference. In the USA, public electric utilities are required to make net metering available on request from any customer under the Energy Policy Act, 2005.
Net Purchase and Sale
While quite common internationally, Net Purchase and Sale systems offer very little incentive for the consumer. Two meters are needed - one for measuring electricity consumption and the other for the measuring the electricity passed to the power company. The user pays retail rate for the electricity they use BUT the power company only pays the wholesale rate for any excess power passed to them. There is no incentive for the consumer other than the savings he achieves from generating or supplementing his own consumption.
Feed In Tariff
A feed-in tariff requires a separate meter so that the actual electricity consumed and the amount offered to the power company is measured separately. Then your electricity contributions to the power company are paid at a preferential rate as an incentive to generate renewable energy. A significant number of countries in Europe and Asia offer feed in tariff plans with the preferential rate often 2 or 3 times the normal consumer retail rate. Some countries also target the type of renewable energy. For example in Germany the preferential rate for wind power is less than for solar power.
Time of Use Metering
Time of Use metering uses smart metering technology capable of measuring electricity usage by time of day and by season. Time of Use allows rates to be assessed based on when the electricity was used (ie, day/night and seasonal rates). Power companies have a Base Load, which is the amount of power they require to meet minimum demands based on expectations of customer requirements. At night when demand is low they discount electricity to encourage usage to fill the base load demand they have to generate anyway. During the day they have to supplement with additional generation capacity to meet demand.
Examples of What is Happening Around the Planet
USA - California has a form of network metering which appears to favor small power generating systems and it is applicable to photovoltaic and wind systems.
At present in California, the price for surplus electricity sent to the grid must be equal to the retail price charged at that time. But you can never make money from your surplus. If you generate more electricity than you use a month you will be billed zero.
The legislation has been recently changed and the new legislation enhances wind and solar net metering programs. Customers generating surplus electricity will be paid for the excess at a rate set by the power company. The new system will be in place by January 2011. Customers can either receive payments or carry forward credits into subsequent years. The benefit of the carry forward is that the customer can hold onto any renewable energy credits. If they accept payment the credits transfer to the utility.
USA - Other States. Something like 40 states offer Net Metering in various forms. State policies vary dramatically from state to state. For more information on each state have a look at Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Canada. Some provinces have net metering programs. Just ask yours if they do. In the United Kingdom the Government has a proposal due to come into effect this year to encourage everyone to play their part in a "clean energy revolution". It is effectively net metering.
Australia has a net metering arrangement known as a 'feed in tariff'. A feed-in tariff requires a separate meter and your electricity contributions to the power company are paid at a preferential rate. An extra meter is needed so it's very expensive. But, the power company pays anywhere from 2 to 3 times the retail rate as its preferential rate. Obviously government funded!
Whichever form of metering is offered in your area, there are some things you need to be aware of. If your renewable energy source produces direct current (dc) you have to have an inverter to convert to alternating current (ac). The power grid system is ac. The role of the inverter is to produce ac at the correct specification for your network. The phase of your surplus power has to Gallon Electric be synchronized with the grid and the voltage must be within the grid specifications. There also need to be a safety mechanism for situations where the grid has failed. And repairs are underway.
By ensuring you buy the correct inverter you will be OK. And the electrician installing the inverter for you will be able to confirm its suitability.
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