FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER, 2012 |
Solar Subsidy Rush Stretching Panel Supplies?
The rush on solar power systems to beat the Solar Credits subsidy cut deadline
could see some installers running short of system components.
According to an industry source,
stocks of solar panels and inverters were plentiful in Australia when the previous
major subsidy reduction occurred; but the very unexpected nature of this cut and
the time of the year it has happened could make solar inverter and module availability
a serious issue for some
National solar provider Energy
says sourcing components won't be a problem for the
company. Besides holding its own substantial levels, the company's inverter suppliers have Australian warehouses holding "buffer"
stock and its major panel supplier can ship to Australia in 7 days. Energy
Matters says it ordered significant additional volume of solar
panels on Monday morning and the shipment is already making its way to
Another critical component of a solar panel array is the mounting system. As
Energy Matters has its own Australian-made brand, SunLock
it says it will
have no issues in acquiring those components either.
Something in short supply are available December installation appointments, which
have been snapped up rapidly since the shock
Energy Matters states it still has capacity to perform December installs, but
those interested should call the company's 1300 727 151 hotline as soon as possible
to secure a system and installation date.
The slashing of the Solar Credits multiplier for post-December installations translates to
around $800 less subsidy on an average sized system.
Energy Matters is running a series of specials
to assist as many households as possible to go solar before the subsidy cut,
plus also offers a payment plan option.
Energy Matters' 1300 727 151 solar hotline is currently open weekdays from
8.30am until 6pm and on Saturday between 9am and 4pm. The company's online quoting
system is also available 24 hours a day.
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