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Loretta Egan, South Golden Beach

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has recently ruled that networks will be allowed to charge solar households a sun tax for sharing their clean energy. State governments can still stop this unfair attack on solar, but I imagine Gladys and co are concentrating their efforts on something else right now.

Walking around my neighbourhood, it seems that about half of the houses have rooftop solar. I wonder how many of the owners are aware of this proposal?

Rooftop solar benefits all energy consumers by providing cheap, local energy to the grid and bringing down wholesale power prices. The new energy rules give all the power to networks without strong enough safeguards to protect consumers.

Solar households will have to pay up or have their ability to export slashed. This could lead to less renewable energy in the grid. Non-solar households will see a bill saving of just 30c a week, but solar households could lose most of their income from their solar investment.

It is unfair to charge solar homes and businesses when big coal and gas generators don’t have to pay for pumping electricity into the network. Feed-in tariffs are already dropping around the country. We should be encouraging more rooftop solar – not penalising people who are trying to cut their energy bills and do their bit for the environment by putting panels on their roof.

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  1. Australia, the land of genius. We had an ETS ( Emissions Trading Scheme ) for 2 years, 2012-2014, that put a price on carbon emissions and it worked as intended, to reduce our carbon emissions for the first time and help increase renewable energy. But the ETS was repealed in 2014 after the dishonest campaign of the Coalition headed by Phoney Tony. Now we have the Coalition at it again this time with a dumbass proposal for a ‘Sun-tax’. You couldn’t make this stuff up could you – remove the price put on pollution and then put a price on clean energy, exactly the actions, NOT, required to address the Climate Emergency. The Coalition won’t commit to ‘Net zero emissions by 2050’ but instead deliver a ‘Sun-tax’ by 2025. Genius!

  2. Electricity retailers are already paid generously to take our excess solar power. It’s in the large profit margin on the gap between the feed-in tariff and the premium charge they make for green energy.

    Electricity retailers also increasingly rely on the supply feeding in from solar systems to cope with peak usage days in summer. A few strike days whereby solar owners go back on grid on a 40+ afternoon might change their perspective.

  3. What will they think of next. Every dog has his day & it was due back in ETS’
    Coalition 2014 barking-mad cunning.


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