In the lead up to the March 28 election we asked each major political party where they stand on the following 6 key solar issues for NSW. Read our letter to the major parties in full here.
1. NO DISCRIMINATORY SOLAR FEES
Does your party guarantee to prevent fees and charges which discriminate against solar owners and people installing storage systems?
2. A FAIR PRICE FOR SOLAR FED INTO THE GRID
There is currently no regulated minimum price that NSW solar owners are paid for the electricity produced by their solar system, fed into the grid and on-sold by their retailer. Individual solar households have little power to negotiate with retailers and many more solar households will be in this position after the Solar Bonus Scheme wraps up in 2016.
Does your party commit to setting a regulated minimum retailer-paid feed-in tariff, set at a fair level for consumers who generate power and feed it back into our state’s energy supply?
3. REVERSE AUCTION TO BOOST COMMUNITY & LARGE-SCALE SOLAR
Will your party commit to launching a reverse auction process to support community and large-scale solar projects (similar to the scheme that has proven so successful in the ACT*) to allow people who cannot put solar on their own rooftop to benefit from the renewable energy revolution?
4.TRIAL SOLAR STORAGE - THE WAY OF THE FUTURE
Does your party commit to launching a trial of solar with storage - the next big thing - at a household level (in 1,000 NSW homes) and also at a neighbourhood level to test innovation of technology and business models that will allow solar to run day and night and help maintain our state’s energy supply?
5. ENSURE A SMARTER NSW POWER GRID
Does your party commit to ensure networks will take the necessary measures to accommodate more solar in the grid in the future, enable innovative elements like virtual net metering and peer-to-peer solar energy trading and other aspects of a smarter, decentralised grid?
6. STAND UP FOR NSW SOLAR JOBS – PROTECT THE RET
Will your party call on the Federal Government to drop its attempt to slash the 41,000 GWh national Renewable Energy Target, that supports thousands of NSW solar jobs, helps with the price of installation and lowers the wholesale price of power for all consumers, and instead to advocate for the expansion of the Target to at least 50% by 2030?
Check out the responses we received from the major parties and our handy Solar Scorecard here.
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Various groups including Beyond Zero Emissions with the Institute of Energy Reserach, Melbourne University and the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets, UNSW have compared our energy demand against the potential energy supply from the sun and wind and have calculated that it is affordably – and really quite easily possible – with the right government policy to meet our demand in this way.
Australia, of all countries in the world, does not need nuclear power.