MONDAY 08 APRIL, 2013 |
Tasmania's Solar Feed In Tariff Threatened
Solar households in Tasmania are currently receiving a 1 for 1 feed-in tariff arrangement
- but for how much longer?
The Apple Isle's feed in tariff is one of the most generous programs currently
active and accepting new applications in Australia; but unlike other programs,
there is no contract length.
Fears are growing that the incentive could be slashed when Aurora Energy is
replaced by private companies in 2014.
Tasmania's Minister for Energy and Resources Bryan Green says the Government's priority is to ensure people
are treated fairly
but the experience elsewhere in Australia with regard to "fair" value
of solar electricity has at times shown it to be anything but.
The concern is that the incentive could wind up being at 6-8 cent feed-in tariff.
While such a drop would still make going solar attractive, particularly for
households that would consume most of the power they generate; it will likely
have a marked effect on the industry, resulting in companies closing their doors
and an associated loss of jobs in Tasmania.
has been started by unknown parties drawing attention to the issue and
to promote a petition
to save Tasmania's current feed in tariff incentive.
With a decision not expected until late in the year; the best time to go
solar in Tasmania
is right now to make the most of the current generous
rate. On the tariff Aurora 31 (day rate electricity), solar households save 25.6
cents per kilowatt hour.
Being Australia’s most southern state, Tasmania receives
the most sun hours
during summer. Long sun hours and slightly cooler temperatures are ideal conditions to be generating solar
electricity and earning credits that can be later used to offset expensive
winter heating bills.
According to national solar solutions provider Energy
, which has a branch
serving the state; a 5kW solar panel system can provide a
financial benefit of approximately $1,485 annually; depending on installation
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