According to local newspaper, Adelaide Now, solar panel owners in South Australia will receive an extra 10 cent bonus for the excess electricity they feed back into the grid over the next 16 months. The region’s premier, Mike Rann, said the increase to 54c a kilowatt hour would run until December 2011 when the solar generation capacity from smaller users reaches an expected 60MW.
“We will urge retailers to pay for the power they receive from solar panel owners,” Rann told a luncheon for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) on August 31st.
“The Government believes that South Australians that choose to invest in solar energy deserve to be paid a fair price for the power they contribute to the network. Our amended scheme will ensure this happens.”
Minimum retailer payments would be determined by the Essential Services Commission, but could be in excess of the 54c a day, the Government said.
Hoped changes to solar feed-in laws, which came into effect on July 1, 2008, are in response to a year-long review by Brisbane-based company Consulting Partners which was completed in November 2009 and recommended the 10c increase as well as obligating retailers who choose to contract with solar customers to pay a minimum rate, and limiting the bonus to the first 45kWh exported to the grid a day.
These feed-in incentives have created 250 new solar panel installations a week with 18,000 South Australian households and groups now generating a combined 25MW.