Victorian solar households earn 11.3 cents per kWh compared to 4.7-6.1 cents per kWh for NSW solar households
MEDIA RELEASE – 1 March 2017
The NSW Greens are calling on the NSW government to lift the solar power tariff after the Victorian Essential Services Commission (ESC) set a price for feeding solar electricity into the grid of 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour yesterday, compared to NSW rate of 4.7 – 6.1 cents per kilowatt hour set by IPART. The ESC increased the tariff to recognise the benefit solar power provides in terms of climate change, network benefits, and environmental benefits.
NSW Greens energy spokesperson, Jeremy Buckingham said:
“The Greens are calling on the NSW government to stop the rip off of solar households and pay them a fair price for the clean electricity they generate,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“Why should Victorian solar households get a fair price for the clean energy they produce, but NSW households are getting thoroughly ripped off?
“Once again NSW is falling behind Victoria in energy and climate policy. The new energy minister, Don Harwin should amend the terms of reference for setting solar tariff benchmarks to replicate those used in Victoria.
“If the government fails to move to give a fair price for solar, then the Greens will introduce a bill to have price determinations factor in an implicit carbon price, network benefits, environmental benefits and health benefits of solar energy.
“347,000 households in NSW have done the right thing and installed solar panels. They should be given a fair price that recognises the benefits of the clean energy they produce.”