Wednesday, 15 August 2012

An End to Procrastination

Campbell Newman to slash solar subsidies

QUEENSLAND 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 crop of idiots government are demolishing any attempt at reducing our carbon emissions. By the way, this isn't the worst thing our new state premier has done, but it did spur me to stop procrastinating and commit to solar power.
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.


They fitted the panels around the solar hot water panels that we've had since the house was built.
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.




4 comments:

  1. Missy, that is great news that you finally took the plunge to install solar panels...I'm very happy for you.
    I have been wanting to do the same thing for many years, but the cost is prohibitive at this stage. However most folks that do have them are singing the Hallelujah chorus when they get their electricity bills at the end of every month...some are even completely off the grid.
    I'm hoping to follow in your footsteps soon.
    I like your "crop of idiots" comment, we have some of their buddies right here too.

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  2. Woo Hoo! We haven't had to pay for any electricity this year and will get a small cheque at the end of the year. It is a good feeling. The pollies are plain stupid! With all the talk of rate rises for electricity in the media, I heard someone say the other day that usage has gone down. They attributed this to the number of solar and wind power generators...private ones. Blind!

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  3. Good to see you guys have taken the plunge in getting solar panels. This is something we are seriously considering ourselves, seeing both the long and short term benefits of it.

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  4. Kudos to you for getting solar panels. Now will these panels provide all the electricity you need for your home? I would love to get them myself.

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