Solar energy users also get high power bills in Latvia

Latvian residents have been puzzled and angry about their electricity bills for July. Not only those with traditional connections have had to look into their wallets – those with solar panels have also received higher bills, Latvian Television reported on August 14.

Raimonds installed solar panels in his private house last year in hopes that electricity consumption costs will fall. Last month's bill shocked him, though.

“We paid relatively little all the time, we have installed solar panels, and that [the price of electricity] was not felt that miuch,” Raimonds said. “Right now, for services, we pay about 360% more than before.”

The distribution provider Sadales tīkls (ST) recommends that price can be cut by reducing the phase connection. Raimonds cannot withdraw from a three-phase connection because the entire home infrastructure depends on electricity.

He said that it isn't clear why a tariff change was needed at this point. Nor is it clear what the tariff consists of.

“If the company works with such profit at these times, was this really the right moment to make everyone else pay more, both after Covid-19 and after price increases due to war? You can hardly make ends meet,” Raimonds said.

ST said that the number of questions related to billing increases and changes in phase growth has increased. Approximately 11 thousand applications have also been submitted for the reduction of electricity supply load.


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