RALLY FOR SOLAR CALL TO ACTION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, LONDON CIRCUIT CANBERRA - TUESDAY JUNE 21st
The ACT Government announced on 1st June that the ‘Micro -Scale –Solar-Generation’ scheme for residential solar systems up to 30kW in size was to close to new participants.
ACT households are no longer able to access ANY incentives to encourage them to install roof top solar power. The immediate result of this announcement has been the disappearance of this fledgling industry in the ACT, with the solar industry forced to lay off staff, with more to go in the coming weeks, if possible positive changes are not made to the scheme to maintain its accessibility to ACT householders going forward.
A group of ACT based solar companies have met with Government , Greens & Liberal MLA’s to voice concerns about the dire situation and be part of workable solution that builds a sustainable local renewable energy industry.
To reinforce this, ACT solar businesses are leading a Rally for Solar on the Winter Solstice next Tuesday as a call for action for the ACT Assembly to work towards a win:win:win solution to this legislatively-created problem:
ACT SOLAR RALLY 21 JUNE 2011- SOLAR NEEDS A FUTURE
8-9am 21 June 2011,
Members’ entrance carpark,
Legislative Assembly, London Circuit Canberra.
Businesses that have been represented in meetings with the local Government are: Akora Energy, Envirofriendly, Pure Solar, Pyramid Power, Solargain, Solartec and Solarshop Australia
“The ACT industry is already feeling the impact of this sudden announcement, and will be forced to rapidly change their business models if they want to keep their doors open beyond the end of July, “ said Andrew Towndrow, ACT Manager of one of Australia’s largest solar energy retailers, Solar Shop Australia
“While the ACT Government has shown a strong commitment to renewable energy with the announcements earlier in the year, the impact of recent developments on the local solar industry will be devastating”.
The simple, reasonable request from Industry, and the householders they serve, is for Feed-in-Tariff incentives to be maintained for householders to access until there is “grid-parity” (ie - where the cost of electricity and the cost to install solar energy are equal and incentive support is no longer needed.)
“ Solar industry welcomes any alternative to closing access to the system, whether that be a lower tariff rate ($0.34 cents) with regular reduction over time, allowing the industry to stand on it’s own two feet”.
“We would encourage all parties to try and find a solution that delivers a soft landing for industry and a sustainable future for all the workers that this industry supports”.
Solar companies, employees, householders and affected 3rd party suppliers (ie – installers and electricians and climate action groups) are invited to participate.