TUESDAY 10 JULY, 2012 |
The Morning After Queensland's Solar Stampede
Queensland's PV capacity will get a major boost over the next 12 months after
households in the state raced to secure a solar power system on Monday ahead of
Solar Bonus Scheme incentive cuts at midnight.
Monday was busy throughout the day, but an additional spike after 6pm due to
incorrect news reports added to the rush.
It appears several TV news reports incorrectly stated all Queenslanders needed
to do was register interest in acquiring a solar panel system in order to secure
the 44c solar feed in tariff rate; which was to be slashed to 8c per kilowatt
hour for applications received after midnight.
This led to an influx of calls from people not quite ready to make an immediate
serious financial commitment and tied up solar companies' phone lines; in some
cases preventing those who were ready to purchase from getting through.
Regardless, Queensland will see hundreds of thousands more solar panels on
rooftops in the months ahead.
According to a Courier
, Energex's group manager said the total number of applications received in the past fortnight was expected to
have reached 50,000 by last night's deadline. If all those applications are
approved and the systems installed, in 12 months from now 20% of southeast Queensland homes will have solar PV installed.
National solar provider Energy Matters
reported record levels of submissions from Queenslanders using the company's
online solar quotes
tool yesterday and the second highest level of traffic in the history of its web
site; quite an event given www.energymatters.com.au
is one of the most heavily visited solar energy web sites in Australia.
While last night's final rush will provide plenty of work for solar companies
over the months ahead, it will also present some challenges and dangers. Already
there is talk of some under-resourced companies and firms working on wafer thin
margins going under - and fly-by-night operations simply disappearing. While
finally clearing Queensland of solar cowboys will be a positive development,
customers of shonky operators will suffer.
For Queenslanders who missed out on the 44c per kilowatt hour incentive, all is
not lost. Aside from generating their own electricity, Queensland
households going solar
who missed the deadline will still receive between 14
- 16c per kilowatt hour for any surplus electricity exported to the mains grid
under the revised incentive scheme, which includes a 6 - 8c electricity retailer
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