TUESDAY 16 JULY, 2013 |
Say No To Solar Feed In Tariff Deregulation In South Australia
The Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCoSA) has proposed
deregulating the state's feed in tariff - it's not a good idea says the CEC.
In a response to ESCoSA's Issues Paper on feed in tariffs, the Clean Energy
Council (CEC) has said incentives need to be regulated to direct investment efficiently and protect solar consumers.
"The bottom line is that if feed-in tariffs are deregulated, opportunities to maximise the network benefits of solar PV will be
wasted," according to the CEC. "The NSW experience also shows that competition between electricity retailers is not enough to protect the interests of solar consumers."
is also weighing in on the issue with
. Solar Citizens says electricity companies have "no interest
in providing a fair price for solar".
The CEC also states feed in tariffs should vary with time of production to maximise distributed generation exports when
the value of electricity is at its highest. Additionally, payment rates should
be location-specific to promote uptake in areas subject to the greatest constraint.
The CEC's full submission can
be viewed here
ESCOSA has called for interested parties to make a submission to the
(PDF). Written submissions must be made by 26 July 2013.
The threat of deregulation aside, the best time to go
solar in South Australia
is right now.
South Australia's solar feed in tariff is comprised of two components; the
distributor contribution and a minimum electricity retailer contribution
totalling 25.8c. The 16 cent component paid by SA Power Networks will only be
available for new connections until 30 September 2013.
before that date will continue to receive the 16c per kilowatt hour
component for surplus electricity exported to the mains grid until 30 September
National solar provider Energy Matters
now offering a zero-deposit
to help more South Australians go solar. Under the program, repayments can be less than the savings made;
meaning households can be ahead from the time a system is installed and
connected to the mains grid.
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