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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?

What’s Your opinion?


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ACTPLA forces solar company out of market
hax 6:51 pm 05 May 10

Clean energy obviously should be a high priority, and probably concerns everyone more directly than some other issues (doesn’t mean other issues are any less worthwhile) but I think it’s a decent point to make that the ACT government makes a lot of fuss over these things with pretty average results..

Pork Hunt 6:38 pm 05 May 10

CraigT – What part of hydro electricity is not renewable?

JC 6:38 pm 05 May 10

CraigT said :

It’s worth pointing out that while the ACT Government obsesses about homosexual “marriages” for the benefit of the 18 Canberrans who give a toss, and while they pursue the expensive ideological vendetta against Calvary Hospital’s provision of morality-based healthcare services, we remain the Australian state/territory producing the LEAST of our power needs from renewable sources. I think we manage to average about 2%.

Yes, even those red-necked Queenslanders produce more renewable power than the politically-correct hypocrites who run the ACT Government.

Not sure if you have noticed by the ACT is quite small in land mass and devoid of the natural resources (other than the sun and wind) to produce large quantities of renewable energy. So 2% is not all that bad I would have thought.

As for your other whinges, especially about Calvary hospital why should the government not have a say. After all the ACT tax payer is paying for the service, so why not provide services to everyone without the Catholic crap. If Catholics don’t want the services then that should be their choice.

54-11 6:23 pm 05 May 10

I’m a very strident critic of ACTPLA – I reckon they are generally hopeless.

However, when we recently had solar panels installed, all the work liaising with ACTPLA was done by the installer, and ACTPLA actually appeared to do their job well.

Buzz2600 5:40 pm 05 May 10

I’d be interested to knowmore fully the concerns of the company in question. My parents did their homework and put in solar panels last year with a “reputable company” (not sure which one) without any problems, other than having to wait a while for ACTEW to hook ’em up so they could start feeding back into the grid.

Its probably symptomatic of the “too little government oversight VS too much” debate. Either we have a schemes such as the disastrous federal govt insulation scheme for example, where unscrupulous businesses put profit before safety or ethics, or, we have heavy government regulation …. which is then deemed “obstructionism”. At least the later might protect people. Private industry has a lot to answer for the environmental schemes debacle.

The cat did it 5:16 pm 05 May 10

The only reason Queensland produced any significant renewable energy is because they have some useful-sized hydro-electric generation capacity- something lacking in the ACT. More information on the actual charges and administrative practices at issue, please. It might change this story from a whinge to a substantive complaint capable of reddening some ACTPLA faces.

Gerry-Built 5:14 pm 05 May 10

A workmate recently fitted solar panels and was told by the (NSW North coast-based) provider that they were not going to provide service in the ACT any longer for exactly the reasons outlined in OP.

Three months is a pretty long wait for approval of six light-weight panels and some basic electrical work.

It used to be the case that you needed approval for a solar hot water system too, anyone know if that is still the case? It basically meant (means) that anyone replacing a defunct hot water service dod (does) not have the option to go solar unless they had the incredible foresight to seek pre-approval.

Gungahlin Al 5:14 pm 05 May 10

CraigT: Calvary can provide all the morality based healthcare they want – off their own purse, as with other private hospitals the country wide.

To have millions every year from the public purse pumped into a hospital that is discriminatory in its services walks a hazardous line on the church/state separation divide. The state should be free of religious beliefs, yet here we have a publicly funded hospital that refuses contraceptive procedures based on religious grounds.

An extreme but comparative example would be to have public funding going to a hospital run by Jehovah’s Witnesses that refuses to do blood transfusions, based on their religious beliefs.

I’m not saying anything about those respective religious beliefs, just that I believe they should play no part in a publicly-funded hospital operation.

And yes I’ll declare that I’d like to see the ACT Government walk away from any thought of buying Calvary in favour of starting over in Gungahlin.

Waiting For Godot 5:09 pm 05 May 10

trix said :

+1 to Bosworth.

+2

p1 5:07 pm 05 May 10

Had CraigT mentioned one of the time and money wasting activities of the ACT gov’t which isn’t based on the discrimination of a minorities sexual preference, then I suggest he would have universal support.

Personally, I think that encouraging renewable energy would be a more important goal then either non-productive windmills (public art) or obscure coded street signs (drive n txt…).

That’s not to say that PVs on every house is necessarily the way to go, but it does develop the market, which I do think is the way to go.

Wraith 5:00 pm 05 May 10

Aurelius said :

CraigT’s got a good point though Bosworth. The Stanhope regime is obsessed with stuff that dooesn’t really matter, and neglects its core responsibilities of governing.

+1 to Aurelius

trix 4:20 pm 05 May 10

+1 to Bosworth.

Aurelius 4:19 pm 05 May 10

CraigT’s got a good point though Bosworth. The Stanhope regime is obsessed with stuff that dooesn’t really matter, and neglects its core responsibilities of governing.

Bosworth 4:15 pm 05 May 10

CraigT, perhaps you would be more concerned about legislative discrimination if you had experiened it too?

Let me guess – you’re a 40-something white male married christian heterosexual homeowner with children?

CraigT 3:28 pm 05 May 10

It’s worth pointing out that while the ACT Government obsesses about homosexual “marriages” for the benefit of the 18 Canberrans who give a toss, and while they pursue the expensive ideological vendetta against Calvary Hospital’s provision of morality-based healthcare services, we remain the Australian state/territory producing the LEAST of our power needs from renewable sources. I think we manage to average about 2%.

Yes, even those red-necked Queenslanders produce more renewable power than the politically-correct hypocrites who run the ACT Government.

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