Good (solar) vs Evil (utilities)

15th October 2014

Nigel Morris, Solar Business Services (13-10-14),  notes that:

" ... the electricity industry has taken their battle for dominance underground and into the murky world of service rules, incomprehensible retail tariffs and 'different rules if you have solar'. Connection rules have become so complicated and variable around the country .... it becomes clear that it’s nothing short of an underground campaign designed to keep things just the way they are, instead of embracing change."

Read more at: http://solarbusiness.com.au/how-the-electricity-industry-is-blocking-sol...

 

However Giles Parkinson, ReNew Economy (15-10-14), writes of:

" ... a fascinating insight into the sort of guerilla tactics being adopted to work around the barriers being imposed by utilities on households that have or want solar – barriers that include preventing solar PV connections, preventing exports back to the grid, or paying little or nothing for those exports. Ingenuity is providing new solutions, and there seems to be little that the utilities – who have been desperate to protect their revenues in an environment of falling demand and been largely allowed to get away with it by the regulatory settings – can do about it. ...

"Solar PV, [Glen Morris] notes, can be used to power stand alone appliances such as water eating, pool pumps, and lighting circuits – without ever needing to be connected to the grid. Some network operators privately lament that they are unable to monitor the rollout of such installations, because they are not connected, and don’t require network approval (if they could get them). Morris notes that these installations are being driven by the new solar tariffs, which show little or no reward for solar exports, and network restrictions on solar modules."

Read the full article at: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/the-guerrilla-tactics-allowing-solar-sto...

Going Solar principal Stephen Ingrouille (centre) with solar champions John Grimes, CEO of the Australian Solar Council (left) and Giles Parkinson, ReNew Economy (right)

Going Solar principal Stephen Ingrouille (centre) with solar champions John Grimes, CEO of the Australian Solar Council (left) and Giles Parkinson, ReNew Economy (right)

 

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