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What will happen to solar panel pricing with government discount over?

By Sidney Reilly - 9 January 2017 7

Solar panels

Will the price of panels magically decrease to ensure those with vested interests in solar panels can stay in business?

I think that a total overhaul of the solar industry including the planning process is needed. The supplier copped the brunt of my terse email writing skills but they responded showing where they had notified both ACTEW and ACTPLA and paid the relevant fees and it took a formal complaint to get ACTEW to connect us to the grid and ACTPLA remain silent… They apparently can at any time march in and say the installation is not up to standard and have it repaired. It’s hardly fair on the suppliers/installers if the unconscionable delays in inspection prevent us going all GREEN…

We had a 5kW system installed way back in September so we could get a discount. The FIT is of no interest but I thought with electricity prices about to skyrocket we could make savings using what we generate through the day as we make it… All we need now is ACTPLA to allow us to turn on the system…

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What will happen to solar panel pricing with government discount over?
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gooterz 12:48 pm
10 Jan 17
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An all green system wouldn’t need ACTPLA to turn on unless it connected to the grid, which in this case wouldn’t be “All Green” as the grid isn’t all green generated power.

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dungfungus 8:24 am
11 Jan 17
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gooterz said :

An all green system wouldn’t need ACTPLA to turn on unless it connected to the grid, which in this case wouldn’t be “All Green” as the grid isn’t all green generated power.

But wouldn’t that necessitate every Canberra home having candles and kero heaters after sunset?

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steveu 10:23 am
11 Jan 17
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I would hope that the local council would be encouraging households to take up panels wherever possible. The net FIT is still not bad if you work out your max daytime load, and size accordingly. The administration between ACTPLA and Act Gov I have to agree, needs alot of improvement.

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Maya123 2:02 pm
11 Jan 17
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dungfungus said :

gooterz said :

An all green system wouldn’t need ACTPLA to turn on unless it connected to the grid, which in this case wouldn’t be “All Green” as the grid isn’t all green generated power.

But wouldn’t that necessitate every Canberra home having candles and kero heaters after sunset?

dungfungus said :

gooterz said :

An all green system wouldn’t need ACTPLA to turn on unless it connected to the grid, which in this case wouldn’t be “All Green” as the grid isn’t all green generated power.

But wouldn’t that necessitate every Canberra home having candles and kero heaters after sunset?

Not with batteries, as households have if they go off-grid.

As for heating, not “every Canberra home”.
Not those houses designed and built properly. They rarely need to be heated at night, and as for daytime almost never. In three winters I think I have only heated my house in the daytime once or twice. And no, I don’t go cold. My house didn’t come with any supplementary heating (except small wall mounted heaters in the bathrooms), but I later added a wood-fired stove for the rare evening I want to be a bit warmer, and it can also be used to cook on in a blackout. This heats the whole house. I use it for a few hours and then shut it up and it cools down over night. Next day I likely won’t need it, as the heat is now in the house.

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gooterz 7:02 pm
11 Jan 17
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On hot days like today we could use some walkways with solar panel roofs. The issues with solar on every roof would be that tbe grid has to handle the fluctuations in load. A cloud or dust storm quickly reduces load all at once.

Payback time for energy used to create silicon cells is about 3 to 6 years or longer depending on how much power is wasted.

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Futureproof 6:08 pm
30 Jan 17
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If every home in the ACT had solar ACTEWAGL (or whatever they are called this week) would raise the price of some other service they provide. Remember the water saving initiative of the early 2000s? Those trailers positioned everywhere to remind us to reduce our water usage. So, it was so successful that the bean counters at ACTEWAGL raised water rates to cover the short fall from people doing the right thing. I trust ACTEWAGL as much as I trust politicians.

Try going off-grid in the burbs (Tesla wall and other tech) and see what the Government thinks about that.

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Maya123 9:18 pm
30 Jan 17
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Futureproof said :

If every home in the ACT had solar ACTEWAGL (or whatever they are called this week) would raise the price of some other service they provide. Remember the water saving initiative of the early 2000s? Those trailers positioned everywhere to remind us to reduce our water usage. So, it was so successful that the bean counters at ACTEWAGL raised water rates to cover the short fall from people doing the right thing. I trust ACTEWAGL as much as I trust politicians.

Try going off-grid in the burbs (Tesla wall and other tech) and see what the Government thinks about that.

It is my understanding that you are allowed to disconnect from the electricity network and go off grid in the suburbs. You can’t disconnect from water (even if you don’t use any), but you can from electricity.

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