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Greens weep for the solar industry

By johnboy - 1 June 2011 13

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is saying a few words over the body of the solar industry after Simon Corbell’s dramatic decision over night to close the feed-in tariff scheme:

“The failure has been the artificial brick wall created by the Government, and supported by the Liberal party, by capping the small scale solar scheme at 15 megawatts. This overnight announcement will have a significant impact on the local industry.”

“The Greens opposed the cap back in March this year, warning that the solar sector would come to a standstill overnight and those working in household solar sector would be most heavily affected.

“What the Government should have done was gradually wind down the feed-in tariff premium, so as to reduce the incentive over a longer period of time and ensure a more sustained industry in the ACT.”

“The cap has only been in place for three months, and already we have reached it. When the government set the cap in February this year, they predicted it would take at least 18 months.

“This is entirely unsatisfactory for business planning. How are business operators supposed to plan with such a stop-start approach from government?

“There is a lesson here for the government about how to give better signals to business – if we want to build a solar capital here in the ACT we need to treat new businesses with some respect and consistency, or else they won’t trust the investment environment in which they are operating,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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Greens weep for the solar industry
monomania 10:09 am 03 Jun 11

Gungahlin Al said :

chewy14 said :

Yes, he’s right. There is a lesson for the government in how to give better signals to business.

It appears the lesson was “look at the way the feds and NSW govt screwed it up, caused massive backlash and industry damage, then do precisely the same thing yourself in ther ACT.”

Who was it said “those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it”?

The screw up happened when the scheme was first put in place, egged on and it seems assisted by at least one member of the solar industry who claims he wrote the submission that Mick Gentleman put to the Labor caucus.

The scheme was always going to have to be stopped at some point because the technology is still far too expensive to be used on domestic roofs and so only a little bit is affordable.

Al you still haven’t given a good reason why other Canberrans should have been expected to pay for your ineffectual system and that you had put on the Gungahlin Community Centre.

dungfungus 10:47 am 02 Jun 11

Any scheme that has cross subsidies, bundling and/or underwriting by the taxpayers is a dudd.
I believe the solar tariff feed-in was one of these. Please, let’s not have any of these crazy Green inspired plans or we will end up an economic basket place like Spain has become.

Holden Caulfield 10:00 am 02 Jun 11

johnboy said :

Apparently they are going to continue paying for feed-in, but at the standard rate.

My understanding is the default arrangement after being connected is ACTEW simply pays you for the power you create at the same rate at which you buy.

You can only join the 45.¢ FIT scheme AFTER your panels are connected and switched on. That is, six months ago, if you got your panels fitted and forgot to ask ACTEW for the 45.7¢ rate then you’d still be on the default arrangement I mentioned earlier.

As far as I can tell that default rate is now the only choice for solar panels.

I still reckon it’s not such a bad thing and because we’re doing renos and can absorb the cost into the overall budget more easily I think we’d still have gone ahead even if we couldn’t get the higher FIT rate. Mind, I’m not upset that we already have a deposit and signed contract.

bryansworld 9:33 am 02 Jun 11

johnboy said :

Apparently they are going to continue paying for feed-in, but at the standard rate.

Ooops, my bad. Sorry.

johnboy 9:32 am 02 Jun 11

Apparently they are going to continue paying for feed-in, but at the standard rate.

bryansworld 9:30 am 02 Jun 11

johnboy said :

tmh said :

Hi,
What the hec does this mean for people who are having a solar system installed. Mine is due for installation in August because of the backlog. Does this mean I now can’t get a rebate or connect to the grid. The press release and this article don’t mean anything to me as a lay person.

Does anyone out there know what this means in real terms for home owners?

If you’ve paid your deposit, or signed a contract, then you’re in under the higher tariff.

That is, any tariff.

Gungahlin Al 9:16 am 02 Jun 11

chewy14 said :

Yes, he’s right. There is a lesson for the government in how to give better signals to business.

It appears the lesson was “look at the way the feds and NSW govt screwed it up, caused massive backlash and industry damage, then do precisely the same thing yourself in ther ACT.”

Who was it said “those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it”?

johnboy 8:52 am 02 Jun 11

tmh said :

Hi,
What the hec does this mean for people who are having a solar system installed. Mine is due for installation in August because of the backlog. Does this mean I now can’t get a rebate or connect to the grid. The press release and this article don’t mean anything to me as a lay person.

Does anyone out there know what this means in real terms for home owners?

If you’ve paid your deposit, or signed a contract, then you’re in under the higher tariff.

tmh 8:48 am 02 Jun 11

Hi,
What the hec does this mean for people who are having a solar system installed. Mine is due for installation in August because of the backlog. Does this mean I now can’t get a rebate or connect to the grid. The press release and this article don’t mean anything to me as a lay person.

Does anyone out there know what this means in real terms for home owners?

LeatherJen 2:19 pm 01 Jun 11

I don’t know why they call themselves ‘The Greens’. The should call themselves ‘The Reds’.

Holden Caulfield 2:18 pm 01 Jun 11

@ #1 – Except some states are now paying a higher rate for their feed-in tariffs than the ACT is/was.

chewy14 2:15 pm 01 Jun 11

Yes, he’s right. There is a lesson for the government in how to give better signals to business.
I think it has to do with not throwing taxpayer money at pointless, unfair and ridiculously expensive schemes.

MERC600 1:38 pm 01 Jun 11

There will be some mightily miffed people out there, feeling sorry that they have missed out on Australias most generous subsidy, paid for by other ACTEW users. Huh !!

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