Solar Panel Tax -- "Sun Tax" ... Big Worry According to ABC

DreamRyderX

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Fears Proposal to Charge Households, with Solar Panels,
to Export Into Grid, Will Kill Demand for Solar Energy


Source: ABC
An energy expert has hit out at a new proposal to charge solar panel users for exporting their excess electricity, labelling it a "sun tax" and arguing it will cost solar households more than is being estimated by the independent statutory body pushing the changes.
Key points:

✰ For years, solar panel owners have been able to sell their surplus energy back into the electricity grid through feed-in tariffs

✰ The AEMC is proposing a new system that would allow electricity networks to charge owners to export their electricity

✰ One expert argues the proposal would discourage homeowners from installing solar, rather than encouraging them to invest in battery storage

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), which sets the rules around the energy market, has proposed a shake-up of the system that would allow electricity networks to charge solar panel owners for sending excess energy back to the network, among other measures, to address growing network problems.

"We've modelled different charges from $10 to $100, depending upon the size of your solar system," Australian Energy Market Commission chief executive Benn Barr said.

The plan has been controversial because for decades solar owners have been paid what is known as feed-in tariffs, where they sell their surplus energy back into the electricity grid. This proposal to charge them a fee flips the status quo on its head.

The AEMC argued a change was necessary because the current system is unsustainable as the huge uptake in household solar has overloaded the grid, and the alternative would mean more solar users being blocked from exporting their energy.

Mr Barr said the pricing model would be flexible, up to individual power companies to determine, and would still allow for households to be paid for sending energy back to the grid when it was in demand.

"You get a good return from solar. And it's not going to make it uneconomical for customers to put it on their roof," Mr Barr argued.

But a new analysis by the Victoria Energy Policy Centre at Victoria University has challenged the proposal by the energy market rule maker, saying the cost to solar households will be greater than predicted.

"We estimate that if the AEMC's proposals are implemented, they will reduce the income that most typical households get from exporting solar by 80 per cent," said the centre's director, Professor Bruce Mountain, who conducted exclusive research on the proposal for 7.30.


"Essentially, they will get the equivalent of a hamburger a year as their income from rooftop solar sales. I think that's very likely to bring pressure in the rooftop solar market, and customers will be less interested in it," Professor Mountain argued..........
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Spoke to 3 of my neighbors that are heavily invested on Solar, & they are none too keen on the idea by any stretch.....

Too much of a good thing? ....... What say you?



 

Texan

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I'd buy batteries and go off grid. Solar panel owners provide a service to the grid by stabilizing the grid during peak use times in the Summer. They will be missed when they take their ball and leave.
 

Squire

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I'd buy batteries and go off grid. Solar panel owners provide a service to the grid by stabilizing the grid during peak use times in the Summer. They will be missed when they take their ball and leave.
A lot of Texan's ilk will be seeking urgent medical and psychiatric attention for shooting themselves in the foot.
 

Texan

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A lot of Texan's ilk will be seeking urgent medical and psychiatric attention for shooting themselves in the foot.
There you go attacking me and not arguing my point. Often in the Summer during the hottest temperatures, the grid is very taxed by the use of air conditioning. This happens to be a time of day when solar attached to the grid puts out the most energy and relieves the straining generators. Sometimes eliminating the need for extra generators and more cost to the utility company. If you want to tax them away, be my guest.
 

Squire

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There you go attacking me and not arguing my point. Often in the Summer during the hottest temperatures, the grid is very taxed by the use of air conditioning. This happens to be a time of day when solar attached to the grid puts out the most energy and relieves the straining generators. Sometimes eliminating the need for extra generators and more cost to the utility company. If you want to tax them away, be my guest.
My advice is to buy some bandages for your feet instead of batteries.

When the batteries are charged the surplus can still be exported to the grid, however, a grid connection without batteries is probably the best option because batteries are expensive and eventually have to be replaced meaning both a disposal cost and a replacement cost plus labor for both disposal and replacement.

Bandages are cheap.
 
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