TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER, 2012 |
Australian Solar Council Goes Into Bat For Home Solar Support
It may have escaped the attention of some, but recommendations buried in a
recent Productivity Commission report that would see an early end to the Solar
Credits subsidy and other forms of support for home solar power systems have
been noticed and opposed by the Australian Solar Council.
As we reported last week, the Commission has recommended a "phase out as
quickly as practicable" subsidies
for solar panels
, plus "other forms of distributed generation delivered
via feed-in tariffs and the small-scale component of the Renewable Energy
The Australian Solar Council has firmly rejected the call by the Productivity Commission to abolish the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme
"We all know that many more Australians want to install solar panels and solar hot water, but the upfront cost of these systems remains a significant barrier. That is why the SRES is so important and must be
continued," says John Grimes, Australian
"Demand for solar PV has reduced significantly since the solar multiplier was reduced on 1 July, and there are no signs that demand is picking up. The last thing the solar industry needs is more uncertainty."
The Australian Solar Council is seeking direction and reassurance that the SRES
and associated mechanisms are not under threat.
Mr. Grimes says his organisation endorses the view of Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy
who wrote recently that "until organisations such as the Productivity Commission get their mind around solar PV...then we cannot rely on them to make sensible recommendations".
Under the current timetable, the Solar Credits multiplier is not due to be
phased out until July 1 next year. If the Commissions draft recommendations were
implemented, that could be brought forward to as early as towards the end of
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