In January, energy retailer Simply Energy introduced a 14c-a-day levy on Victorian solar users as a blatant grab for money. It is a charge that brings total fixed fees to $400 a year for Simply Energy customers - an extra $51 on top of what non-solar customers pay!
Simply Energy appears to be the first retailer in the country singling out solar users with extra charges in this way. We’ve known it might be coming, and now it’s arrived.
Every trip to the mailbox brings another batch of postcard petitions. The tens of thousands of postcards ordered as part of our campaign to protect the Renewable Energy Target (RET) are flooding in.
Solar supporters across Australia have been taking the postcards to their family, friends, neighbours and colleagues asking them to support the Renewable Energy Target.
Solar Citizens hit the ground running in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide as they established State Teams that will stand up for a fair deal for solar power in Australia.
Meetings in the four cities were abuzz as talented and passionate people joined forces to make sure that solar owners get a fair deal and that all Australians will get the benefits of solar power.
Above: The Solar Citizens team with Minister Roberts and Stokes.
Last week, Solar Citizens met with New South Wales Energy Minister Anthony Roberts and Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, Rob Stokes.
This was one meeting in a series we have lined up with state energy ministers to handover the "Don't Tax the Sun" petition and get commitments not to slug solar homes with extra fees or charges.