The Australian Solar Industry has today called on the federal coalition government of Australia to back a national “Same Price for Solar” campaign. “Australia’s solar industry would welcome a consistent national approach to solar and clean energy programs,” said John Grimes, chief executive of the AuSES. “The solar industry has been hamstrung by different support schemes in different states and territories, administered independently and not coordinated with the Australian government.
“Too many Australians aren’t paid a fair price for their solar power. In Sydney today you can generate your own solar electricity and be paid just 6 cents kWh, but you have to pay 25 to 29c/kWh cents to buy electricity from the big power companies,” continued Grimes.
“You can sell your electricity to the big power company for 6 cents, and then the power company sells it to your neighbour for 29 cents – a tidy windfall profit, estimated at AUD$33 million per annum in New South Wales alone.”
The AuSES claims, “All Australian Governments agreed in 2008 to National Principles for Feed-in Tariff Schemes and it’s about time those principles were implemented as a national fair price for solar.
“A national fair price for solar would ensure Australian families are paid the same price for the power they produce from their solar panels as they have to pay for power from coal-fired power stations. That’s only fair.
“A Same Price for Solar would also guarantee homes and businesses the right to export power from their solar panels to the electricity grid,” concluded Grimes.