Re: Photovoltaic Cells Anyone?21
May 27, 2008 10:35 am
I was thinking to get one installed but since the new income limited (<100000), i may have to re-think about it
It is not a good idea to set the income limit, this rebate should be for everyone as the government should push more and more people to install it rather than put people away, this policy is going backward
Re: Photovoltaic Cells Anyone?22
Sep 07, 2008 8:31 pm
The buy back rate here in SA is not as good as it sounds. It is calculated on net power consumption. In other words you only get to sell the excess power that you don't use yourself. This is different to Germany where you sell all the power you generate at the high rate but buy back all the energy you consume at a low rate.
This and the ridiculous $100,000 rebate cut off killed PVs for us .
ForeverYoung for Green Power23
Oct 26, 2008 11:50 pm
I am living in Canberra and building early 09 and the feed in tarif rates for the ACT will be 3.88 not a bad little return. The power company and yourself also sign a contract for 20 years to buy the electricity, so a good incentive also to purchase. Recently just moved to the ACT
Canberra officially the sunniest city in Australia.
That sounds good in Canberra.
I thought about having these PV panels for generating electricity which in turn is connected back to the grid but the cost is prohibitive. It takes too long to amortise the investment so the rebate incentive needs to be improved, especially if it saves money to state power producers in reducing their capital investment.
I found a claytons version to help reduce pollution; one of the electricity companies offers Certified Green Power where 20% Green Power in your supply costs you nothing extra. It just takes your request for the power company to shift 20% of your usage to Green Power. That's the easiest contribution you can make to help the environment (and switching appliances and PCs when you are not using them). I think I will soon switch to 100% Green Power though.
Re: Photovoltaic Cells Anyone?24
Oct 27, 2008 10:00 am
I've heard rumours that the tarriff in NSW will switch from net to gross feed-in some time in the next 3-5 yrs - it cuts the pay back time for solar panels from about 15 yrs to 5 yrs.
We'll make the leap as soon as we go to gross tarriffs.
After 4 years - we're in!
Re: Photovoltaic Cells Anyone?25
Oct 28, 2008 1:06 pm
We were advised that when doing your calculation for long term solar savings to be aware that the buy back pricing is not a ratio but a fixed price that will not alter as electricity prices rise. Therefore the ratio between what you buy electricity for and sell it back will in time reduce.
I'd love to include panels in our build but I believe we'd require a 10 panel system which to supply and install would be in the order of 20k+ Alot of money with no rebate. It is an on going dilemma for us.
At this stage our energy savings will come from d/glazing, insulation, water tank and solar hot water (not convinced of the savings produced by the solar HW.)
Great thread by the way who ever started it.
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Nov 02, 2008 12:58 am
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