Feed-In Tariff Submission 2018

Solar System for Launceston Home - croppedThe Tasmanian Government’s Department of State Growth is reviewing Tasmanian’s feed-in tariff (FiT).  They called submissions, due on 6th August 2108.

We have submitted our feedback, read our Solar Feed-in Tariff Review Submission.

The review is the result of a policy that Liberal party took to the last state election. The liberal party states that “the review aims to ensure we provide the conditions and incentives to encourage a greater take-up of solar panels.”

The outcome of the review will directly effect all existing solar systems owners in Tasmania and all those that are looking to invest. The results of the review are to be implemented by 1 January 2019.

We look forward to seeing the results of the Tasmanian Government’s review in the coming months.

– John Thirgood, Coordinator, Save our Solar Feed-In Tariff Tasmania

Read Our Submission

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35 thoughts on “Feed-In Tariff Submission 2018

  1. August 8, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I still feel ripped off as i only bought the solar system because of getting 21c per kwh. If i had known it was going to be reduced at a later date, i simply would never had borrowed thousands of dollars investing in something that was a waste of money. I expected a goid return, not to have the goal post moved later on. RIPPED OFF!!! 😠

    1. August 10, 2018 at 1:49 am

      Yes, your expectation and disappointment of having your feed-in price cut is very valid!!! There are around 70,000-90,000 other Tasmanian adult family members (over 28,000 solar installations) that loose the 28.282 cent feed-in rate, and go back to the current feed in rate from Jan 1st.
      We currently have a 8.541 cent feed-in, but our submission seeks to have a fairer deal of around 20 cents (this reflects the retailers cost). In this way, they can buy from us or the network, operate as normal, and we would be equally valued.
      While we would like a higher tariff, we feel that the fight for higher at this time is impractical in the current political environment.

  2. August 9, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Tasmania began with renewable hydro electricity and should encourage all renewable methods of providing power to Australia including wind, wave and solar. We are the perfect place.

    1. August 10, 2018 at 1:51 am

      We totally agree! Tasmania should be leading the way!

  3. August 10, 2018 at 5:58 am

    At least double the rebate would help me keep my panels etc up-to-date.

    1. August 13, 2018 at 12:51 am

      Thanks for your feedback! In this submission we have suggested around 20 c/kWh in the submission, which is more than double of the current tariff. 🙂

  4. August 10, 2018 at 10:57 am

    The current feed in Tariff is acceptable as it reflects the wholesale price of power. Solar power systems these days have the ability to maximise self consumption and battery storage is becoming more common and relevant to clients energy needs.

    There was never any indication the 1:1 was going to last forever and if it had continued as it was it would of only impacted negatively on those poorer socio economic groups. Essentially the 1:1 FIT was turning into middle class welfare.
    Solar electricity is just a commodity and is only worth what that commodity trades for.

    The proponents of the industry who have been ardent complainers of the loss of the 1:1 FIT have largely been the “Snake Oil” salesmen without the design skills to enable positive returns for their clients without subsidisation.

    Solar sales are at an all time high. Client outcomes are generally extremely positive and the price you receive for excess power is irrevelevant if you design to minimise exports.

    All Save our FIT pages and website are heavily moderated by John Thirgood where he blocks or removes any dissenting view. If you have no argument this is your only course of action to push a self serving agenda.

    Adrian Luke
    DMS Energy

    1. August 13, 2018 at 12:54 am

      ​​Hi Adrian,

      It is no secret that this group is coordinated by John Thirgood and he is openly named as the author of the submission.

      Content is removed from the FB page when it violates Facebook policy (eg. is offensive or defamitory) or advertises a particular business. Repeat offenders have been blocked.

      We strongly believe that the current feed-in tariff does not support Tasmanians that have invested in solar and proudly stand by this view. You have an alternate view – no problem. Thank you for your comments.

  5. August 10, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    So we PAY for electricity at one price, but we get paid at a lower price? So when someone feeds electricity into the grid, Aurora makes money on it. Does that about sum it up? Oh sure, governments want to make electricity cheaper…sure they do. Obviously better if you can keep it yourself.

    1. August 13, 2018 at 1:48 am

      Yes, that is the situation we have with the low feed-in price! In the submission we propose that solar feed-in is equivalent to the retailers price – this will give a fair price to solar owners!

      1. November 2, 2018 at 10:45 pm

        Totally agree. 8c is pathetic. Doesn’t even cover the network charges. Ideally we should use what we generate for best value but mostly doesn’t happen with daytime workers. 20c is by far more acceptable. Fairer for the solarist with still a profit window for the power company

  6. August 10, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Why cant we bill them for the use of our equipment just like they bill us!

  7. August 11, 2018 at 7:02 am

    As retirees, we also feel ripped off, as senior citizens trying to conserve energy use and limit the ever increasing costs of electricity, we invested in a 5kW 24 panel system. Obviously, we cannot trust those we elect anymore to look after the people who voted them into office-the electricity companies are now making an extra profit by paying us peanuts for the surplus power we generate, theft by stealth is what it now feels like. Disgusted and you will not be getting our votes anytime this century.

    1. August 13, 2018 at 1:11 am

      Thanks for your sharing your situation! We are hoping for a good outcome in this Feed-in Tariff Review, but will continue to make our voice heard until we get a fair price for Tasmanians.

  8. August 11, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Having made the investment to have solar it seems extremely unfair to change the rules with regard to financial returns. I fully agree and support you submission.

    1. August 13, 2018 at 12:57 am

      Thank you! Fantastic to hear that we have your support for the submission.

  9. August 12, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I generate from my solar enough electricity for my neighbours houses also. My investment but the electricity provider is collecting a profit from my neighbours at no cost for generation. I understand some cost for infrastructure is fair but paying me 8.5 c is robbery 20c would be some compensation, role on Battery costs coming down.

    1. August 13, 2018 at 12:59 am

      We agree! Thank you for your comments.

  10. August 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Come on tasmanian government take action and set the feed in tariff at the suggested level for everyone.. We were encouraged to be energy savvy and buy solar then to be finally duped! The same thing happened with gas conversion to cars where the price of gas escalated once the devices were installed masking it totally unviable.. Get it?

    1. August 13, 2018 at 1:00 am

      Good point! Thank you 🙂

  11. August 19, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Had a 4.5 system installed some years back in anticipation of pending retirement – therefore at home throughout the day, Very unhappy that I will be feeding power into the grid for miserly ‘ tuppence ‘ once the current tariff ends, We will need to register as a business & charge for our infrastructure maybe. The Tasmanian government needs to take action and set the feed in tariff at a reasonable level for everyone.. We were encouraged to be energy savvy and buy solar .

    1. November 7, 2018 at 12:34 am

      Thank you for your comments. We agree and will continue to working on the issue!

  12. August 27, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Being self funded retirees in virtually identical position, I totally agree. I cannot agree however that a 1:1 FIT was turning into middle class welfare (see Adrian Luke). Not all early adopters of solar power are “middle class”: many spent their very hard earned savings in the belief they were contributing to saving the planet. To have a Federal Government pandering to the wishes of the coal lobby is disgusting. And don’t forget who pays for the electricity subsidies provided – tax payers! Ever wondered why former Hydro employees continue to receive discounts long after they retire?
    If the FIT Review Submission is unsuccessful, I doubt this State Government has any chance of being re-elected – poetic justice.

    1. November 7, 2018 at 12:36 am

      Thank you for your feedback.
      There is a lot of dismay with solar owners and the Government needs to heed the mood.

  13. October 29, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    We installed solar to benefit our financial position I retirement, the government as encouraging everyone and offering subsidiaries to do so, this seemed a good proposition. Now they are taking advantage of those who trusted what we thought was foresight and taking the power we generate to sell at a triple profit, this is just dishonesty, they should be made to stick to what they say. This will be a great downfall to politicians in their next bid for office, stealing from there local residents!

    1. November 6, 2018 at 10:36 pm

      We feel your anguish and are working hard to get a fair deal.

  14. October 31, 2018 at 10:19 am

    There should be no need in Tasmania to even consider solar power. The early pioneers built under abysmal conditions the existing state network of hydro-electric infrastructure. If they would know, that it is not their descendants who reap the benefits from their labour; instead have huge corporations rip off the Tasmanian public, they would turn in their graves.

    1. November 6, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      Maybe you have not read our our submission in detail? A few years back, the then Greens leader and energy shadow, Kim Booth, also stated this to me in a meeting about the FIT rate and our position. Then after the Bass Link disaster (after retirement from politics) changed his view.

      We are not proposing that we abandon the Hydro position of strength in Tassie but as part of the N.E.M. embrace the opportunity for residences & businesses, thus driving the highest local benefit. Exporting power to the hungry mainland market is a major economic advantage we should embrace to the maximum, thus locally embedded solar is an added benefit and not a competitor against our Hydro.

  15. October 31, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Have you given any thought in your submission, or related viewpoint, to the difference in the wholesale price of power at different times of day?
    Excess solar power exported to the grid is during the middle of the day, when wholesale prices are typically lower on average due to an excess of generation in the national grid at these times. Wholesale prices are much higher in the early morning and evening – when people are home using power. It is completely justifiable for individual power bills to reflect this higher cost of power in a higher tariff, as well as including a significant component for the grid infrastructure, grid security measures, and so forth. There is no argument that the FiT should be the same as that paid by consumers that can be made without just ignoring these factors, which essentially means telling anyone else in the state that too bad, you have to pay for these components, those of us with solar will enjoy the benefits without paying, thanks very much. It’s an extremely simplistic and one-eyed viewpoint.

    1. November 6, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you for your question. We feel that working in a variable feed in would complicate the issue even further for the pollies to get their head around and place more difficult task for us to win a favourable outcome for the F.I.T. rate.

      In regards to time of use metering customers, they presently in general are mostly paying more on their bill than if they had standard meters T42 & T31. In essence we are unconvinced that T.o.U. metering is needed in Tassie, as it is simply a tool to encourage time shift of energy use in peak times that by in large simply won’t change peak demand outcomes. That and the fact that we do not have the peak demand issues of our mainland counterparts.

    2. November 26, 2018 at 4:29 am

      When you produce as I do 86% of my household needs with solar during twenty four hours , how can the Government justify charging me at a 309% profit for power used when it is returned .
      They only “GRANT” me 8 cents per KW Hr when I feed all the excess into the grid (1759 KW Hrs over 50 days) and charge 26 cents for that amount of use as well as the network charges.

      I call it pure and simple theft, recalling that the Government have stated they require this rip off to balance their budget.
      There are 16,400 solar customers who will incur a $200-$300 (per quarter) rise in power costs from. 1/01/2020 while 12,800 will be obliged to meet that from 1st January 2019.
      So much for LNP promises -where is the $500 dollars for removal of Carbon Tax and when will we get the $800 being promised now?
      Will the extra $8,000,000 be used by the Government or given to reform porkies?

      1. November 29, 2018 at 5:11 am

        Thank you for your comments. We tried to get the Government to realise the opportunity for Tasmanian’s to be seriously encouraged to invest in solar on their roofs verses outsiders building solar farms and also in front of Pumped Hydro.
        But The decision by the Government last week to stick to the bare wholesale rate, albeit a teasing 5 cents as a further 12 months bridging rebate top up for those leaving Grandfathering @ 28.283 cents, simply shows lack of vision and a missed opportunity that future Governments may hopefully address!

  16. November 2, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Like alot of others we are aged pensioners and paid $10.000 for our system and now it appears we will have to pay for power in the near future because of the fet, we could have brought alot of power for what we paid for our system which was most of my super. Just saying only asking for a fair fet.

    1. November 6, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      We understand your plight here with a low FiT and are working hard to get you fair value.

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