ALP's community battery plan an alternative to fees for solar exports
Today’s announcement by the Federal Labor Party to support community scale batteries is an example of positive solutions for rooftop solar, and is a practical and useful alternative to the controversial proposal for charging for solar exports.
Last week, at the request of power networks, the Australian Energy Market Commission proposed to charge solar households for exporting their power to the grid.
‘Networks claim that solar is causing traffic jams in the grid, and that solar owners need to cough up. But charging rooftop solar owners is like penalising bicycles while the trucks get off scot free.’
‘These ‘traffic jams’ also exist at night, when solar is not exporting, and yet it's solar households that are footing the bill.
‘Community scale batteries for storage is an excellent solution that will benefit all energy users.’
‘It’s low and middle income postcodes that have the most solar rooftops - and these will be the neighbourhoods that will be able to benefit from community scale batteries.’
For comment call Ellen Roberts on 0408 583 694