At the end of this year the Solar Bonus Scheme (SBS) will come to an end, which means the regulated feed-in tariff (FiT) of 60 cents per kWh will be replaced by voluntary tariffs that may or may not be offered to you by your energy retailer.
Since 1. July 2012 Energy retailers are required to contribute to the cost of the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme. As a result, voluntary feed-in tariffs are now under review.
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has finally published its recommendations for a 'fair and reasonable' feed-in tariff for NSW.
Since the NSW Gov't came to power we have seen our industry decimated by indecision and a review that has ignored the broader benefits solar brings to our community.
In NSW, customers who have missed out on the earlier Solar Bonus Scheme will be best using a net meter.
SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) have an online petition urging the NSW Government to reinstate a fair feed-in-tariff.
The NSW government has locked in a future with coal-fired electricity, flying in the face of its own policies.
Possibly the most outrageous public policy decision in a generation.
read the article here NSW’s long-term relationship with coal
John Grimes, CEO of AuSES, interviewed about Solar Crisis Rally on Sky Business News
we are speaking to as we lead up to this rally – and beyond as we continue to lobby for the return of balance, a fair feed-in tariff for rooftop solar generated power in NSW and solar policy stability nationwide.
Claims being made in the media state that 'Solar Power will result in large increases to power bills'. Read the Australian Photovoltaics Association (APVA) response.
the full report for the Feed In Tariff, bonus scheme report can be found on our site here
What has changed? * Is the tariff a gross or net tariff? * What is the difference between a ‘net’ and a ‘gross’ feed-in tariff and ‘net’ and ‘gross’ metering? * What if I have already purchased my system? * What is a legally binding agreement?
and much more:
The government article can be read here
his explanatory note relates to this Bill as introduced into Parliament. Overview of Bill The object of this Bill is to make the following changes with respect to the solar bonus scheme (being the scheme for the payment of electricity supplied to the network by small retail customers using complying generators):
People who order solar panels after midnight last night will receive only 20¢ a kilowatt hour for power generated, down from 60¢, throwing the solar industry into turmoil.
some articles can be found here
The government's definition of an 'existing customer'.
Rainbow Power Company supports the 60¢ NSW Solar Bonus Scheme
Read all about the reasons and send us your support:
Despite the increasing awareness worldwide of the seriousness of the climate change issue and despite ever increasing action being taken to address climate change, greenhouse gases are still increasing at an exponential rate. We believe therefore that all initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions remain as relevant as ever, including the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme. The first objective of section 15A of the Electricity Supply Act “to encourage and support persons who want to generate renewable energy as a response to climate change” is thus as relevant as ever.
Everything you want to know about the Solar Bonus Scheme. A summary of the official article published by the NSW government.
The review will impact only on new entrants to the Scheme which means if changes are required they will not be applied retrospectively to customers who have already joined the Scheme.
The National Solar Schools Program (NSSP) was helping Australian schools take practical action to tackle climate change. The program is now closed.
With low PV prices & moderate priced RECs, buying extra panels for your new stand alone power system makes a lot of sense!