Greens propose solar tweaks

johnboy 15 June 2011

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has proposed an extension of sorts for those who missed out on the solar feed-in tariff scheme gold rush.

“I am proposing the feed-in tariff legislation is changed so that systems of 0-200kW can receive the medium scale tariff rate.

“This will effectively do two things: reduce the tariff for micro generators to a more sustainable rate, and secondly, soften the impact of the scheme cap hitting local businesses.

“As we’ve always said, we’d prefer no cap for the micro scheme with a lower tariff rate. But given that the government insists on a cap, the next best solution is to allow the micro-installers to access the medium tariff.

“There can be no criticism the cost is of the program is increasing as the cost per unit of installed solar will the same.

“The Energy Minister has indicated that he would ensure the industry would be protected against sudden shocks, but we haven’t seen any sign of him doing this. It’s likely that a few hundred jobs are at risk in the next few weeks.

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