The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is considering new proposals to charge solar owners for exporting clean energy back to the grid, effectively a tax on the sun.
Now, the AEMC is calling for submissions from the public on whether a sun tax is a good idea. Make sure you have your say by sending in a submission to the AEMC using our handy form below.
Here are some points you might want to include:
- Research from the Victoria Energy Policy Centre shows that the benefit solar owners provide to all energy consumers far outweighs the added network costs. Rooftop solar drives down the wholesale price of electricity and can provide network benefits by supplying local energy.
- It is unfair for solar owners to be charged to export clean, renewable power to the grid when big dirty power companies don't have to pay for exporting.
- Research conducted by UNSW for the Energy Security Board shows that the impact of solar on the networks has been overestimated, and that there are cheap and simple ways of enabling more solar.
- There should be a fair feed-in tariff that recognises the environmental and health benefit of solar, along with the network savings that solar provides to the grid.
- If you have rooftop solar, you can add the impact that charging you for solar exports would have on your household.
**Submissions to the AEMC via Solar Citizens have now closed*