The government has reviewed the feed in tariff for solar grid connect owners in Tasmania. The government has legislated for change with regard to the competition rules in our power industry. Full retail competition was introduced on 1st July 2014.
So much has happened since the beginning of the legislated FIT and we have learned so much about how the power system in Tasmania works and how our retailer works out the cost of power etc. We have spent hours and hours working through all the formula and numbers to come to what we think is a balanced argument for change to the current FIT arrangements.
While we can safely say that the current arrangement are less than ideal, we now understand the methodology for working it out and have adjusted our stance in line with what is an acceptable policy for our government.
We have archived the previous page for this site and called it history. If you would like to look at some of the previous submissions and media then please click here.
SOST has been approached by some members of the Tasmanian Legislative Council to produce a motion to be presented to the upper house outlining some of the things that have taken place in the last couple of years and to put forward reasons and information as to what should be happening with regard to the Tasmanian FIT.
Please use the following links to read the motion put forward to the Upper house and the background.
An Executive Summary
What is Solar and How it Works
The Motion and Supporting Information
Motion to halt the sale of Aurora Book
THE CURRENT FEED-IN TARIFF ARRANGMENT
- Tasmanians who have solar power and are producing more than they use are currently receiving a 5.551 cent per KW hour for feed-in. This means that they are able to feed in their excess for retail credit, then buy it back when they need it. The excess is used locally by your neighbours who are invoiced by Aurora.
- Treasury, along with the previous government and the Tasmanian Economic Regulator (TER) have gone through a process of public consultation and then decision making to determine a formula for deciding the FIT.
- Tasmanians who have installed solar power, have done so with a particular playing field in place and the controlling departments keep changing the goal post with regard to the value of power fed into the grid. This has affected the desirability of the general publiuc to buy solar systema nd that in turn has descimated the solar industry. Some companies are report up to 90% drops in their solar sales after the drop to 8 cents and are looking at a further drop after the drop to 5.551 cents.
- Without the certainty, the industry would be unable to sustain itself.
- The many solar businesses in Tasmania have been put at extreme risk of failing with a huge lost of jobs directly and indirectly in the industry.
- Local jobs and further expansion and employment opportunity is now under serious threat and the future is resting on the reconsideration of this decision by government.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
- We can raise the issues in the public area and help to voice this problem to the memebrs of parliament including the Legislative Council.
HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE THIS?
- Get on the Facebook page and share the posts with all your friends and on your comany pages.
- Attach our submission (coming soon) to an email and email all your contacts and ask them for their support.
- Email members of the House of Assembly and voice your concerns using the links in the document below.