Tasmanian Times

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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

Solar decision a missed opportunity

Jack Gilding, Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance

Today’s announcement* of an extra 5c for customers whose grandfathered feed-in tariff (FiT) is due to expire on 31 December will be welcomed by those customers but represents a wasted opportunity for the state.

“Other states are implementing bold initiatives to make the most of the new technologies for distributed energy generation and storage while Tasmania pussyfoots around” said Jack Gilding, Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance.

Victoria has introduced a optional time-varying FiT which rewards customers for feeding energy into the grid at times of highest demand. Customers with solar and batteries can be paid as much as 29c/kWh for energy fed into the grid from 3-9pm on weekdays. The Victorian process is also ground-breaking in recognising the benefits of solar in reducing carbon emissions and improving public health through reduced pollution.

South Australia is going to link up to 50,000 homes with solar and batteries into a ‘virtual power plant’ that can provide services to the electricity grid and reduce costs for all consumers. As a result of this leadership three different battery manufacturers have announced they will set up manufacturing in South Australia.

Queensland has just announced the availability of grants of up to $3,000 for home batteries as well as interest free loans for homes and small businesses.

Today’s announcement does nothing to set a future direction for the development of distributed generation and storage. It does nothing to encourage innovative manufacturers and service providers to see Tasmania as an exciting place to develop new services.

In our submission to the review, TREA made many suggestions of innovative arrangements that could ensure a dynamic solar industry that met the needs of all Tasmanians. The only recommendation from the review with a clear timeline is a time-varying FiT and even this has been referred to the Economic Regulator for another 12 months of investigation. Victoria introduced such a scheme last July. Other recommendations are worded as possibilities for the government to consider.

“Other states are building the energy system of the future right now. The Tasmanian State Government seems unable to understand and seize this opportunity” said Mr Gilding.

TREA’s submission to the Solar FiT inquiry is available at http://tasrenew.org.au/fit2018/

FAQ and full report:

Minister’s media release: http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/a_fair_and_equitable_solar_tariff_system

* The 16,400 customers currently receiving a FiT of 28.3c/kWh will receive 13.5c (8.5c+5c) from 1 January 2019. The remaining 12,800 solar customers will continue to receive the standard FiT of 8.5c.

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  1. MjF

    November 25, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I wouldn’t get too excited about Queensland’s incentives, Jack.

    Combined offers for rebates/grants/interest-free loans on new solar/battery and battery add-on to existing solar amounts to 1,500 applications in total. Open from Nov 19. One needed to be quick.

  2. Chris

    November 22, 2018 at 8:59 am

    From 1 January 2019 Tasmania will implement revised Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) arrangements to ensure the system remains fair and equitable to all Tasmanians.
    THIS IS THE GRINNERS definition of fair and equitable.
    1. It cancels its two sided – oops, one sided contracts to those on legacy feed in tariffs and donates an extra 5 cents as compensation for a year, only then they get what every one else gets 8 cents for any excess power they DONATE to the Government for its political purposes and chests for their future largesse to the LNP/IPA followers.
    2. It kicks the can down the road to get a “fair and equitable” scenario for those on the 8 cent ripoff so we may all be equal.
    3. As a guide to this fair system, those with a 5.3 system (20 panels) will incur an extra $276 cost per quarter when their rate is reduced to 8 cents. Hooray!
    4. Do not bother to send emails to all LNP/IPA members, as having done that exercise I have received absolutely no reply in the last 6 months.

  3. Chris

    November 22, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Monster rip off ain’t nuttin.

    I sell my power to the grid at 8.5 cents per unit and the thieves (Tasmanian Government) think that this is a result in favour of the Gut Whiner’s budget.
    Yep they then GIVE it back to me at night at the rate of 26 cents per unit, so that’s a 309% mark up. (gouging, rip off, theft, discrimination, robbery, robbery under arms, IPA embezzlement policy, and on the orders of the Abetz led Government).

    Why don’t they charge me that rate only on the excess I use over and above that which I subsidise (feed in) to those metal industries which are commonly known as job shedders?

    It’s a pity that I am not in a position to access a lawyer to challenge the breaking of the 16,400 customers’ ONE SIDED contracts. Are contracts two sided everywhere, but not in the land of RIP OFF?
    But I am in the club of 12,800 feed in fools who will get what we are given until we can toss out these CROOKS!

    Come 01/01/2019 those 12,800 who will be discriminated against will emit a very large SCREAM and I pity the pollies in their lighted towers!

    It seems the “FiT has been referred to the Economic Regulator for another 12 months of investigation.”

    KICK the can down the road (encourage batteries so the solar feed in FOOLS left can put two very large fingers into the air).

    Others can tear their hair out as they watch their bills increase by about $200-300 a quarter.
    Review the solar Feed in Tariff to promote uptake …. oops, sorry, that’s a Liberal Party Policy commitment, yet those 16,400 LEGACY customers will experience a drop in feed in Tariffs.

    … LIARS all!

  4. Richard Kopf

    November 22, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Every kwh that individuals feed in saves water going through the turbines. That saved energy can be sold by Aurora at the peak rate. I am not grandfathered, so paying me 8.5 cents per kwh for the power they can sell for 28.3 cents per kwh is a monster rip off.

  5. Mike Adams

    November 21, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I still think they’re thieving so and sos.
    Like Forestry they’re running a sheltered workshop.
    I’m to sell them power at 13.8c. They sell me power at (gosh!) a whole 28.3c and expect me to be so grateful that I’ll vote Liberal.

    More and more I’m tempted to install solar batteries as some of my neighbours have, if only I could be sure that the batteries’ life expectancy would exceed mine .. or is this another con?

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