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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Liberal Solar Feed-In Tariff Cut

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

The Hodgman Government’s announced feed-in solar energy tariff cut, from 28c/kWh to just 8.5c/kWh for legacy investors, demonstrates just how little they intend to support the growth of a residential solar sector.

The Liberals are prepared to spend more than $5 billion on a pumped hydro scheme to make Tasmania the renewable “battery for the nation”, but are penny-pinching about a small spend to stimulate a cost-saving solar sector for Tasmanian householders.

Tasmanians who install a new solar renewable system are only eligible for a tariff of 8.5c/kWh for the clean power they produce. However, people who installed solar before September 2013 have been compensated the same amount for the renewable electricity they feed-in to the grid that Aurora charges customers – 28c/kWh.

When the legacy arrangement ends on New Year’s Day, those households will have their feed-in tariff cut to 13.5c/kWh – but only for one year. Beyond that, the tariff will drop even further to 8.5c/kWh.

Minister Barnett’s solar tariff cut will give no comfort to people who invested in technology to generate solar power.

Tasmanians endure the highest electricity prices in the country, primarily because state-owned energy companies, under the direction of the Liberal Government, have constructed pricing regulations that ensure dividends return to the State Budget.

Tasmania needs to invest in new solar and energy-efficiency programs. It’s a critical step in transitioning to a zero carbon future.

Tasmanians should be encouraged to generate their own clean, green solar power. The Liberals’ policy to cut the feed-in tariff will only slow our transition to solar.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. MjF

    November 24, 2018 at 7:37 am

    How much does it cost Aurora to generate and distribute 1 kWh ?

    At least pay a comparative rate as an FiT to rooftop generators/exporters. There’s still plenty of margin on the retail price for the GBE to pocket.

    I agree, 8.5c is an insult to existing and potential customers in a state that will always have the least solar generating capacity all year round.

    Maybe Will will match or exceed Bill’s $2k towards a battery, and to hell with the FiT. That oughta get some brownie points.

  2. Mike Eric Seabrook

    November 22, 2018 at 1:04 am

    gordon-below-franklin more economic than pumped hydro – no expense to pump water up hill

    re pricing what about the bludging favoured customers paying est. 4c per kwh delivered for est. 60% of tassies hydro outout

    could do a hydro dam on the lower huon which would have the benefit of floodproofing the main street of huonville and be a real boost for the huon economy.

  3. Andreas

    November 21, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Come on, Liberals … 8.5c is a joke. Make it say 18.5c and a lot of people would be a lot happier, and you could still sell heaps of ‘Green” power via Basslink at fantastic spot prices.

    Think about re-election …

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