Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is pointing out that the changes under way to the feed-in-tariff scheme (whereby people who own properties get paid outrageous prices for solar power generated on their roofs at the expense of everyone else) will mean large businesses can now effectively gouge the less well off.
“Canberra families will be paying more for their electricity while larger companies reap the profits of the Government’s scheme under these changes,” Zed said.
Late last year it was revealed that the scheme would add $225 to Canberra household’s annual electricity bill.
“The scheme is highly inequitable for households who can’t pay for the upfront costs of solar panels on their roofs but are forced to pay for large businesses and corporations who can.
“Labor and the Greens are recklessly driving up the cost of living for Canberra families – It’s homeowners who will be forced to pay the additional $225 every year for this policy, and the Canberra Liberals cannot support this,” Zed concluded.
Interesting that Zed forgets, again, the existence of electricity users who do not own their own houses.
Simon Corbell in turn is celebrating the changes:
Key aspects to the amended feed-in tariff legislation include:
— re-naming the existing household component as Micro Generator;
— creation of the Medium Generator and the Community Based Generation categories;
— introduction of capacity caps for both new categories (15 megawatts each);
— provide for a mechanism by which the Premium Price applicable to each category may be set and reviewed; and
–extend scheme eligibility to include not-for-profit community organisations.
“These amendments will enable both individuals and community organisations greater access to the scheme and a greater ability to do their part in reaching our greenhouse gas emission targets,” Mr Corbell said.
The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury on the other hand wants even larger facilities to be paid for by the renters and public housing tenants:
“The Greens are concerned that Government moves to cap the micro-generation scheme at 15MW will have too sudden an impact on the industry,” Shane Rattenbury, Greens Energy Spokesperson said.
“There are sound economic reasons for winding back support for small scale solar, but the Greens think it should be done more gradually so that we don’t end up with the NSW situation here in the ACT – a quick rush before the deadline, followed by a collapse in the number of solar schemes being ordered by consumers.
Shane is, however, advocating for reducing the tariff as solar panels have become much cheaper.