Mayor Rattenbury is explaining his plans for solar feed-in tariffs in the wake of ActewAGL’s changes:
“The ACT Greens were critical when the Government didn’t continue to gradually reduce the payments on the old feed-in tariff as the scheme was very generous for PV system owners. But we are keen to see home and small business generators paid a fair price, and one that delivers an incentive for the community to keep installing rooftop solar.
“If the guaranteed payment scheme were implemented, rooftop solar programs would cost the ACT community less than large-scale solar. Given that we have a 90% renewable energy target that we need to meet at the lowest cost possible, it would be short-sighted not to continue with a rooftop incentive scheme.
“While there is a place for large-scale solar developments in our energy mix, rooftop solar comes without the additional challenges of planning approvals, finding sites and having solar auctions.
UPDATE: Simon Corbell wants to put the past behind him on this issue:
Responding to the Australian Energy Regulator’s decision on how ActewAGL Distribution will charge for the use of its network by rooftop solar generators, Mr Corbell said any new policy setting for rooftop solar should reflect the dramatic reduction in price for rooftop PV panels and installation.
“Roof top solar is a much more attractive and affordable technology than it was 3-4 years ago, when the ACT established a premium feed in tariff scheme. At the time it was reasonable to establish a premium price to encourage uptake of new technology, but those times have now changed,” Mr Corbell said.
The ACT Labor Government has clear policy settings for micro (rooftop) and large scale solar generation. Roof top solar policy settings are designed to facilitate households to help offset the costs of their electricity use and switch to renewable energy use as an offset to their own consumption. The Government’s large scale solar policies, such as the large scale reverse auction, are designed to encourage large scale renewable energy supply to meet our target of 90% renewables by 2020.”
“Large scale generation delivers efficiency of scale, and importantly additional greenhouse gas abatement, which is not feasible with small scale roof top installations,” Mr Corbell said.