Labor turns the power out on solar customers

19 October 2015

Home owners with solar panels in the Euroa electorate will be hit with a reduced feed-in-tariff from January 2016.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has expressed her disappointment in the Victorian Labor Government for the increase.

“Labor released a Renewable Energy Roadmap in August which promised a fair return for those with solar PV panels on their roofs through the feed-in-tariff,” Ms Ryan said.

“Just days later the Essential Services Commission announced it will cut the current solar feed-in-tariff from 6.2c per kilowatt hour to 5c from January next year.

“There are 676 home owners with solar panels on their roofs in Benalla, 525 in Euroa, 546 in Kilmore, 452 in Heathcote, 597 in Seymour and 1784 in Shepparton and all of them were promised a fairer deal by Labor.

“Solar users in the Euroa electorate deserve an explanation from the government as to why it has now back flipped on this promise.”

Ms Ryan said instead of addressing the issue, Daniel Andrews had again stalled, launching yet another inquiry into the feed-in-tariff rate.

“Victoria has 263,000 solar panel installations and all of them will see a 20 per cent cut in the credit they receive for producing excess electricity into the power grid,” Ms Ryan said.

Shadow Minister for Renewables David Southwick said the solar industry has taken this 20 per cent cut to the solar feed-in-tariff only days after Daniel Andrews promised a better deal for solar customers.

“Daniel Andrews is too weak to make a decision, instead calling for yet another review while Victorian consumers are paying the price,” Mr Southwick said.

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