AER reject outrageous fees for solar homeowners after Solar Citizens campaign
Solar Citizens has today welcomed the news that the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has rejected the absurd proposal from SA Power Networks to introduce a new unfair charge for solar homeowners of $100 a year.
“This is a great victory for solar homeowners in South Australia,” Solar Citizens National Director Claire O’Rourke said.
“Common sense has won the day, this outrageous application by SA Power Networks was nothing more than a money grab from the 184,921 solar homes in South Australia.”
“Solar Citizens volunteers in South Australia knocked on doors and gathered signatures on our petition to raise their concern about the proposed discriminatory fee, which has now been rejected by the regulator.”
“Significantly, the AER noted in its ruling that solar households have no measurable difference in the impact on the electricity network and should not be treated differently.”
“In recent weeks I have been out listening to thousands of people all across Australia who all share the concern of being discriminated against because they have solar rooftops.
“These people from all walks of life have signed up to our ‘Stand up for Solar’ pledge calling for an end to unfair fees for solar owners, a national goal of at least 50% renewable energy including solar by 2030 and help all Australian families who are struggling with the rising cost of electricity bills.”
“The AER should stand firm and make sure that solar homeowners in South Australia are protected from discriminatory and unwarranted fees,” said Ms O’Rourke.
Claire O’Rourke is available for comment
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