Campbell Newman to slash solar subsidiesQUEENSLAND will wind back some of the nation's most generous subsidies for solar power by slashing the feed-in tariff to households by 80 per cent.
From July 10, the feed-in rate under Queensland's Solar Bonus Scheme -- the price paid by the state for solar power generated by a household and fed into the public system -- will be cut from 44c per kilowatt hour to 8c/kWh.
However, the Newman government said it would honour its election commitment to preserve the entitlements of the 180,000 households that have signed on to install solar panels and sell the electricity they do not use back to the public grid.
I was horrified when I read this.
Yes, while the rest of the world is encouraging renewable energy and sustainable living, Queensland's current
I had been thinking of getting solar power for quite some time, but just had never got around to it. Suddenly there was a rush to make sure we could get the existing tarriff. We were one of the many thousands that booked in to get solar power before the cut-off. Finally had them installed today. Hopefully we are eligible for the old rate, but even if we aren't, it feels good to have solar power.
We live in the Sunshine State. We should be using it rather than using electricity generated from coal.
Up they go!
Look at that blue sky - it's a shame to waste it.
After it was all installed we went to look at the meter box. It was running in reverse. Yay! That has to be a good thing.
Some family members weren't so keen though. The ladies didn't get let out while the workmen were here. I'm sure they'll forgive us though.