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ACTPLA forces solar company out of market

By sybil 5 May 2010 36

I called this morning to arrange a quote for installation of solar panels from a reputable company. When I said I was in Canberra, the salesperson told me that regrettably the company had decided they would no longer provide services in the ACT.

I would like to congratulate the salesperson on their obvious efforts in restraining themselves as they explained the reason: ACTPLA’s obstructionism and fees. I gather things are easier over the border.

Has anyone else had a similar experience lately? Has there been an increase in price everywhere or is ACT government skimming off energy efficiency?

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Lizzie76 9:03 am 14 May 10

Can anyone suggest a reputable company? I live just outside the ACT and am looking for someone who can install quality solar panels at a reasonable price and on time…

luke79 7:28 pm 07 May 10

So in the ACT, the contractor installing the system installs the metering also? from what I knew ACTEW were still installing/upgrading the metering to handle grid connect pv systems.
Id also be pretty sure that in worst case scenario ACTPLA and ACTEW would only accept limited liability if the system was to fail and cause damage. As with any electrical work in Australia the licensed sparkie has to sign off that he/she has self certified the installation and it meets the relevant Australian Standards. An inspection will not always show up every fault/questionable workmanship in an installation. The ultimate responsibilty will always come down the person who installed the system.

sybil 3:56 pm 07 May 10

Thanks everyone for the info and advice, I’m reassured it’s not going to be a headache. I had certainly had no problems booking other companies.

54-11 3:00 pm 07 May 10

luke, that was just the inspections – all the installation was done by the solar panel people.

The great advantage is that the ACTPLA and ACTEW inspections transfer responsibility to them for certifying the work that’s been done properly.

georgesgenitals 10:30 pm 06 May 10

chewy14 said :

The idea is the locals have been trying to overstep the powers given to them by the Federal government because they didn’t get what they wanted.
Now they can go and have a cry if they want to but it won’t change anything.
People in Canberra who want gay marriage (or indeed anything else that the ACT government doesn’t have the power to legislate for), should be lobbying the Federal government where the powers lie.
The local council should be concentrating on finishing some roadworks, building some new houses and other councilly stuff. Geddit?

Well said. Stanhope needs to take off the cape and get back to providing essential services as efficiently as possible.

luke79 7:26 pm 06 May 10

Thanks 54-11, those prices seem alright, considering the cost of a decent dual element meter or dual register meter is up around the $250-$300 mark, throw in an hour or so of labour to install it and yeah.. seems like a good deal to me. Then there is the cost of doing an inspection of the system, which doesnt take very long but is essential.

chewy14 2:51 pm 06 May 10

Yes Sepi they should.
But i’m not holding my breath for that either.

sepi 1:31 pm 06 May 10

Or – if the Feds want to run our laws and morals, they should fund us as well?

chewy14 12:46 pm 06 May 10

Did you really just compare Gay marriage to gassing Jews Woody?

I’ve heard of drawing a long bow but that is just ridiculous. Let me know when the Federales set up those shower blocks and then get back to me OK?

The idea is the locals have been trying to overstep the powers given to them by the Federal government because they didn’t get what they wanted.
Now they can go and have a cry if they want to but it won’t change anything.
People in Canberra who want gay marriage (or indeed anything else that the ACT government doesn’t have the power to legislate for), should be lobbying the Federal government where the powers lie.
The local council should be concentrating on finishing some roadworks, building some new houses and other councilly stuff. Geddit?

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:05 pm 06 May 10

Seeing as we are beholden to our federal overlords with regards to Gay marriage I think the locals could probably find better things to do with their time than trying to find ways to get around it.

Seeing as we are beholden to our federal overlords with regards to child labour I think the locals could probably find better things to do with their time than trying to find ways to get around it.

Seeing as we are beholden to our federal overlords with regards to giving women the vote I think the locals could probably find better things to do with their time than trying to find ways to get around it.

Seeing as we are beholden to our federal overlords with regards to making black people sit at the back of the bus I think the locals could probably find better things to do with their time than trying to find ways to get around it.

Seeing as we are beholden to our federal overlords with regards to gassing Jews I think the locals could probably find better things to do with their time than trying to find ways to get around it.

54-11 11:35 am 06 May 10

luke 79, the cost for our 1.8kw installation was $180 for ACTPLA and $162 for ACTEW.

I reckon that these were reasonable costs for ensuring that the installation was done properly and there were no risks (a la the insulation program).

chewy14 10:45 am 06 May 10

deezagood said :

Jeez would it really be such a stretch to have gay marriages AND accessable/affordable solar power???

How about neither Deeza?

Seeing as we are beholden to our federal overlords with regards to Gay marriage I think the locals could probably find better things to do with their time than trying to find ways to get around it.
And as for solar, if these small PV systems were in any way economically viable without massive subsidies from the rest of us, i’d be all for it. But currently all we have is a growing layer of smug from well off people thinking that they are “doing something” for the environment whilst everyone else is footing the bill.

Lazy I 10:39 am 06 May 10

deezagood said :

Jeez would it really be such a stretch to have gay marriages AND accessable/affordable solar power???

Are you crazy?! these two issues are quite obviously mutually exclusive.

Make your choice people!

Holden Caulfield 10:39 am 06 May 10

+1 to deezagood & Vision2010

Thoroughly Smashed 9:59 am 06 May 10

Special G said :

If red tape and costs were the problem for the company they would simply bill you more. I look at it as they just couldn’t be bothered getting your business.

This. The playing field is still level if it’s a regulatory matter; it affects all operators equally. If they have trouble with the regulations, I imagine it’s more likely to be their ability to comply rather than their willingness to.

Special G 8:49 am 06 May 10

Just had solar panels installed – nil problems on any front. The company was recommended by a friend and operates in the ACT. Find another company that is willing to do the work for you. If red tape and costs were the problem for the company they would simply bill you more. I look at it as they just couldn’t be bothered getting your business.

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