MONDAY 04 JULY, 2011 |
More ACT Solar Feed In Tariff Changes
The ACT's solar feed in tariff program for households has been given new life -
but it appears it may be at the expense of medium scale solar power in the
The Micro Generator component of the ACT Feed-In Tariff Scheme was closed
to new connections
by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable
Development Simon Corbell at the beginning of June; with new connections from
that point to receive a rate equivalent to supply.
However, the ACT Greens and Canberra Liberals last week pushed through a Bill to
allow new connections of small scale home solar power systems to receive the
same rate as the Medium Generator category - 34.27 c per kilowatt hour for all
"The very sudden halt of the small scale solar Feed-in Tariff left an industry in the lurch just as it was beginning to
flourish," according Green spokesperson and sponsor of the Bill, Shane Rattenbury.
"Itís unfortunate that this Bill was required, but the reality is that without it the ACT solar industry would be facing real trouble and would start to let staff go over the next 2 months."
"The Greens Bill passing represents a win for a local industry, a better price for rate payers and a win for the
environment," Mr Rattenbury said.
While it's good news for the ACT
home solar power
sector, the changes may be a double-edged sword in relation
to parties planning to participate in the ACT's medium scale scheme; designated
for solar panel arrays with a capacity of between 30kW and 200kW.†
The medium generator category has a cap of 15 megawatts and it's understood new
home solar power connections signing up for the amended feed in tariff will
count towards that cap; meaning that those considering commercial
may need to accelerate their plans or risk missing out.
"This is a real tragedy for larger-scale renewable energy generation in
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