March 10, 2017

NSW solar households earn less than Victoria

NSW Greens renewable energy spokesperson, Tamara Smith is calling on the NSW government to pay a fair price to households which generate electricity through solar power.

Victorian solar households earn 11.3 cents per kWh compared to 4.7 - 6.1 cents per kWh for NSW solar households.

“The Greens are calling on the NSW government to stop ripping off solar households in our state and pay them a fair price for the clean electricity they generate,” said Ms Smith.

The NSW Greens are calling on the NSW government to lift the solar power tariff after the Victorian Essential Services Commission (ESC) set a price for feeding solar electricity into the grid of 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to NSW rate of 4.7 – 6.1 cents per kilowatt hour set by IPART. The ESC increased the tariff to recognise the benefit solar power provides in terms of climate change, network benefits, and environmental benefits.

“It’s not fair that NSW households are being paid such a low rate compared to Victorian solar households for the clean energy they produce. NSW is not only falling further behind Victoria in energy and climate policy but also in the amounts being paid to households. “

 “The Greens believe new energy minister, Don Harwin should amend the terms of reference for setting solar tariff benchmarks to replicate those used in Victoria.”

If the government fails to move to give a fair price for solar, then the Greens will introduce a bill to have price determinations factor in an implicit carbon price, network benefits, environmental benefits and health benefits of solar energy. 

“32,812 households in the Northern Rivers regions have decided to support clean, renewable energy by installing solar panels. They should be given a fair price that recognises the benefits of the clean energy they produce,” said Ms Smith.

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