Queensland Competition Authority attacks solar households
Solar Citizens has today condemned the Queensland Competition Authority’s recommendation to slash the price of the feed in tariff for regional Queensland's solar homeowners.
Solar voters helped deliver a shock double-digit swing away from the LNP in Queensland after bitter attacks from former Premier Campbell Newman on solar home owners.
Solar Citizens National Director Claire O’Rourke said many solar homeowners would be deeply disappointed with the determination - which is a worrying signal about the future of feed in tariffs for the rest of the state.
“The slashing of the QLD feed-in tariff is a clear move to discriminate against thousands of solar homes in Queensland,” she said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to a fair price for solar homes owners, which is something 420,000 Queensland solar families support. This decision to cut tariffs from the QCA is a huge step backwards.
“Solar households are most common in lower income suburbs - the main reason these families go solar is to help with the rising cost of power bills.
“To reduce their feed-in tariff places unnecessary strain on on families who are already struggling with rising cost of living.
“Just last week we had an incredible turnout of Queensland solar homeowners at our Stand up for Solar launch in Brisbane.
“These homeowners pledged to support a national goal of at least 50% solar and renewable electricity generation by 2030, an end to unfair fees for solar owners and to help all Australians who are struggling with the rising cost of electricity bills.
“Queenslanders clearly love solar and want to see it protected and strengthened.
“We urgently call on the Palaszczuk Government to restore the tariff and ensure the commitment made at the recent state election to ensure a fair price for solar power sent back to the grid is met,” Ms O’Rourke said.
Claire O’Rourke is available for comment
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