Queensland’s Solar Approach
The Queensland government has set a target of reaching 1 million rooftops with solar in Queensland by 2020 – that’s only just over two years away! This target is designed to help lower electricity costs for families and businesses while creating more jobs across the state and ultimately protecting the environment.
How is the government planning on doing this? Various changes will be made to the Queensland regional feed-in-tariff and the arrangements in South East Queensland. Introduction of the T-FiT: Solar prices have been reviewed and made fairer by the introduction of a time varying feed-in tariff (T-FiT) across regional Queensland.
Eligibility expanded for the regional feed-in-tariff: Eligibility has been expanded in order to now allow for up to 30 kilowatts in size.
Feed-In Tariffs in South East Queensland will now be monitored: while existing arrangements will remain the same, these will now be monitored more closely to ensure offers are remaining fair for customers.
With the Queensland election looming at the front of everyone’s mind, we’ve stopped to consider some of the discussions.
The Queensland premier has made a pre-election offer with no-interest loans for solar and rebates of up to $2000 for batteries with a cost-of-living campaign. She has also vowed to cut $50 from electricity bills and announced Queenslanders will be able to apply for a rebate of $300 to purchase energy efficient appliances.
Solar Citizens is pushing for parties to commit to setting a renewable energy target for Queensland and to build solar and wind farms rather than focus on coal-fired power stations while providing better incentives for residents to switch to solar.
The Australian Conservation Foundation is also urging Queensland to “embrace a clean energy future” supporting commitments to investment in solar and battery. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
However, with Origin Energy’s Solar Flex, you don’t need any loan whatsoever. You can start generating solar power for your home or businesses for $0.00 upfront* with no ongoing maintenance costs.
Did you know that over a million and a half homes in Australia are already enjoying the many benefits solar power has to offer? You can get involved today.
Make the switch today and start saving – contact us on 1300 467 262.
*You may incur other costs in order for your property to be solar ready (such as electrical works, cabling or roof repairs) and for meter upgrade or changeover.
^Solar energy rate is subject to change for CPI annually and change in law.
Shonice is Horan & Bird’s Marketing Executive. She graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Marketing and has been a part of the H&B team for 12 months. When Shonice isn’t managing H&B’s Marketing, she enjoys being active or kicking back with a Margarita.