Clean Energy Council not happy with NSW solar recommendations
Sustainable energy use is becoming more widespread in Australia among both commercial and residential consumers.
The benefits of installing a small-scale renewable energy system - such as a solar photovoltaic (PV) generator - include reduced electricity prices, financial benefits from some suppliers and other incentives from the federal Renewable Energy Scheme.
New South Wales governmental policy includes a goal of 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020, and new recommendations for state government incentives have recently been released by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).
The document details the amount of remuneration that users feeding energy back into the grid from solar PV use can expect to receive from suppliers, as part of an energy tariff inquiry.
However, in a statement released yesterday (March 14) the Clean Energy Council (CEC) have disputed the figures IPART have suggested, saying they could expose consumers to rip-offs.
The prices - requested to be 'fair and reasonable' by the inquiry - range between 5.2 and 10.3 cents per kilowatt hour - which the CEC has identified as being well below the current national rate. The document also suggests that these payments be voluntary.
"The industry disagrees with IPART’s assessment and believes that a ‘fair and reasonable’ price is significantly higher than what was recommended today. Making the rate voluntary also opens the door to consumers receiving no payment at all," stated policy director Russell Marsh.
Posted by Charlie Moore