Sign the petition for a Fair Price for Solar
***UPDATE: with the help of community pressure and over 12,800 signatures on our Fair Price for Solar petition, the Victorian Government mandated a minimum feed-in tariff, which in an Australian-first, has time-varying rates to encourage exports in peak demand times. In NSW, our community campaign resulted in vocal support from Labor and the Greens, but unfortunately, the re-elected NSW Government does not support mandating a minimum fair FiT.***
Right now, when rooftop solar owners sell their excess power back to the grid they receive around 11c/kWh.
But the retail companies on-sell this same electricity to a neighbour for up to 32c/kWh (or 48c/kWh in South Australia!) that’s nearly three times the amount solar households get back. It’s daylight robbery. Big retailers, who also own the dirty, old generators that are competing with solar, need to pay a fair price.
There are many benefits of rooftop solar, such as grid savings, environmental and health values that are not recognised at the moment. This needs to change.
It’s time that solar owners are recognised for the power they feed back into the grid and are paid a fair price for the sunny energy that benefits all consumers.
Our Fair Price campaign is based on collaborative research with a number of other organisations. For more information about this collaboration and the detailed research visit the project webpage or the grant archive at Energy Consumers Australia. Some of these advocacy materials were funded by Energy Consumers Australia as part of its grants process for consumer advocacy projects and research projects for the benefit of consumers of electricity and natural gas. The views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Consumers Australia.
Will you sign?
Dear Member of Parliament,
I want to see Australia powered by clean, locally-made solar energy. But price gouging by the big retailers and outdated laws are holding us back.
We need a minimum price paid to solar owners that reflects the benefits of rooftop solar. Solar power is more efficient, cleaner, safer and provides resilience to our electricity supply. These benefits are not calculated in the price for solar electricity.
Recognising the true value for solar will lead to more investment in clean power and allow the benefits to be shared with everyone.