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Game Over if you were thinking about solar power.

By johnboy - 1 June 2011 36

Simon Corbell has not published an announcement yet, but despite telling the public yesterday that it would be months until the solar feed-in tariff scheme was fully subscribed, the scheme has now been closed in the face of rampaging demand.

If you’ve already paid a deposit, or entered into a formal arrangement for installation, then you’re amongst the chosen few, the rest of you have missed the rapture.

UPDATE: Simon Corbell’s media release on this is now available:

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has announced the closure of the Micro Generator component of the ACT Feed-In Tariff Scheme.

Mr Corbell said that the Legislative Assembly agreed in February 2011to changes to the scheme to ensure that the cost to consumers was maintained at a reasonable level.

“To do this the government set capacity caps on both the Micro and Medium Generator categories within the Scheme,” Mr Corbell said.

“As at midnight last night (Tuesday, 31 May 2011) the Micro Generator category was closed as the legislated cap has been reached.

“The scheme has delivered all and more than was expected of it with unprecedented numbers of applications over the last few months. This rapid increase in take-up has been driven by the large reductions to
Commonwealth rebates from 1 July this year.

“The closure of the Micro category does not spell the end of the feed-in tariff. Consistent with its long held policy position, the government sees the future of renewable generation in the ACT as being at a larger scale.

This scale of generation improves cost efficiency. We are the only jurisdiction in the country to look beyond the household rooftop towards a more sustainable industry.

In February 2011 the government introduced a Medium Generator category (for installations greater than 30kW and up to 200kW) with an allocated cap of 15MW.

“That cap remains largely uncommitted, householders who are still interested in investing in renewable energy can join one of the community groups that are forming to create community owned generators,” Mr Corbell said.

“Later this year, the government will also introduce legislation for a large-scale generation feed-in tariff, with 40MW to be allocated to large generators (solar farms scale) by a reverse auction process in the next 12 months.

“The government will protect people who have proceeded in good faith and have already committed to an installation.

“Any householders or businesses who have entered into a contract for a solar installation and had paid a deposit before midnight last night can still be accepted into the scheme.

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36 Responses to
Game Over if you were thinking about solar power.
Skidbladnir 12:35 pm 01 Jun 11

Keijidosha said :

Tell that to Norway,

99% hydropower.
Our major river systems are in regions or are interstate shared problems.
More dams?
Tidal power?
Which particularly vocal lobby group would you like to supply us with the next Bob Brown?

bryansworld 12:25 pm 01 Jun 11

Watson said :

chewy14 said :

Who wants to place bets on the amount of complaints being made against solar installers in the next couple of months?
I think fair trading is going to be busy.

I heard Corbell say on 666 that existing contracts would be honoured (ie. if you signed a contract, paid your deposit and are just waiting for installation and inspections, you’ll get the higher feed-in tariff.)

As in higher than zero.

Watson 12:04 pm 01 Jun 11

chewy14 said :

Who wants to place bets on the amount of complaints being made against solar installers in the next couple of months?
I think fair trading is going to be busy.

I heard Corbell say on 666 that existing contracts would be honoured (ie. if you signed a contract, paid your deposit and are just waiting for installation and inspections, you’ll get the higher feed-in tariff.)

Postalgeek 11:45 am 01 Jun 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

John Moulis said :

pathetic flat-earth idealism.

You just broke my irony meter.

Lol. You just broke the seal to my bladder.

chewy14 10:44 am 01 Jun 11

Keijidosha said :

John Moulis said :

The only alternative to coal-fired and gas-powered power stations is nuclear power.

Tell that to Norway, who currently source 99% of their energy from renewable sources, or Germany who have decided to abandon nuclear power by 2022. Scotland have a goal of 100% green by 2025. I’m sure there are other countries forging ahead in this area.

Alas, here we are in a country that can produce the most amazing scientific and medical breakthroughs, yet we rely on century-old technology to generate our electricity.

Wow, we could be just like Norway. Hydroelectric plants should be built everywhere immediately.

Thoroughly Smashed 10:23 am 01 Jun 11

John Moulis said :

pathetic flat-earth idealism.

You just broke my irony meter.

Greta 10:20 am 01 Jun 11

Keijidosha said :

John Moulis said :

The only alternative to coal-fired and gas-powered power stations is nuclear power.

, or Germany who have decided to abandon nuclear power by 2022. .

The Germans might abandon nuclear power production in their own country but the question is will they perhaps get it from the Czech Republic or France instead?

Solidarity 10:19 am 01 Jun 11

Why do people think Nuclear is dirty anyway? Much cleaner than a solar panel manufacturing plant!

The Frots 10:14 am 01 Jun 11

johnboy said :

Keijidosha said :

John Moulis said :

The only alternative to coal-fired and gas-powered power stations is nuclear power.

Tell that to Norway, who currently source 99% of their energy from renewable sources, or Germany who have decided to abandon nuclear power by 2022. Scotland have a goal of 100% green by 2025. I’m sure there are other countries forging ahead in this area.

Alas, here we are in a country that can produce the most amazing scientific and medical breakthroughs, yet we rely on century-old technology to generate our electricity.

Germans are just outsourcing their nuclear to Poland, charming.

And smart!

johnboy 10:13 am 01 Jun 11

Keijidosha said :

John Moulis said :

The only alternative to coal-fired and gas-powered power stations is nuclear power.

Tell that to Norway, who currently source 99% of their energy from renewable sources, or Germany who have decided to abandon nuclear power by 2022. Scotland have a goal of 100% green by 2025. I’m sure there are other countries forging ahead in this area.

Alas, here we are in a country that can produce the most amazing scientific and medical breakthroughs, yet we rely on century-old technology to generate our electricity.

Germans are just outsourcing their nuclear to Poland, charming.

Keijidosha 10:09 am 01 Jun 11

John Moulis said :

The only alternative to coal-fired and gas-powered power stations is nuclear power.

Tell that to Norway, who currently source 99% of their energy from renewable sources, or Germany who have decided to abandon nuclear power by 2022. Scotland have a goal of 100% green by 2025. I’m sure there are other countries forging ahead in this area.

Alas, here we are in a country that can produce the most amazing scientific and medical breakthroughs, yet we rely on century-old technology to generate our electricity.

chewy14 10:09 am 01 Jun 11

Who wants to place bets on the amount of complaints being made against solar installers in the next couple of months?
I think fair trading is going to be busy.

bryansworld 9:56 am 01 Jun 11

John Moulis said :

Great news. Hopefully this marks the start of the derailing of the green/climate change bandwagon and a return to sensible reliance on coal and gas for baseload power. Solar and wind power just do not work and do not provide a reliable source of power. End of story. The only alternative to coal-fired and gas-powered power stations is nuclear power. You can’t listen to green extremists and idiots forever, sooner or later reality intervenes and you have to be serious and rational again.

Government dictated by fairies at the bottom of the garden might sound attractive to a leftist government desperate to cling to power, however rising community anger over escalating power bills and thousands of people being thrown out of work overrides moronic green fantasies and pathetic flat-earth idealism.

The trendy green thing is coming to a close, thank God, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that normalcy is about to make a comeback.

I have only one thing to say to you: Baseload Fallacy.

http://www.sustainabilitycentre.com.au/BaseloadFallacy.pdf

Don’t travel too far, you may fall off the edge of the earth!

John Moulis 9:49 am 01 Jun 11

Great news. Hopefully this marks the start of the derailing of the green/climate change bandwagon and a return to sensible reliance on coal and gas for baseload power. Solar and wind power just do not work and do not provide a reliable source of power. End of story. The only alternative to coal-fired and gas-powered power stations is nuclear power. You can’t listen to green extremists and idiots forever, sooner or later reality intervenes and you have to be serious and rational again.

Government dictated by fairies at the bottom of the garden might sound attractive to a leftist government desperate to cling to power, however rising community anger over escalating power bills and thousands of people being thrown out of work overrides moronic green fantasies and pathetic flat-earth idealism.

The trendy green thing is coming to a close, thank God, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that normalcy is about to make a comeback.

The Frots 9:16 am 01 Jun 11

Despite being interviewed yesterday on ABC and, all the while knowing that it would finish at midnight last night, he didn’t say a thing about it. Wonderful!

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