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Uptake of Feed-in Tariff in the ACT

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5:04 pm
January 23, 2011



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An article in the Canberra Times on 21 August 2010 said that nearly 2200 Canberra homes and businesses had taken up the ACT Government's feed-in tariff offer for solar power generation panels in the 18 months since the scheme began. This was an increase of 520 per cent since March 2009.

Has anyone seen more recent figures?

5:23 pm
February 1, 2011



posts 30

Late last year I asked Simon Corbell's office how much the total uptake had been in KW. The answer was "about 6MW". There is now a cap on the small ('micro') scale feed-in tariff for the ACT at 15MW. I asked how long they expected households could access this before the 15MW was reached and they said 'about 18 months'. I guess that after the middle of next year a new PV owner will only get whatever a retailer is prepared to pay for the feed-in solar power. Meanwhile there is a much larger MW cap for medium and large scale solar but there the feed in tariff is subject to reverse bidding. IE whoever bids for the lowest feed-in tariff will get that for their proposed project.

10:54 am
February 2, 2011



posts 456

Thanks for that update Peter. I guess I have problems visualising what 15MW means in terms of number of households. I suspect it probably means no more than 6000-7000 households?

Given that the telemarketers are now operating actively in this space, it may not take long to get to the 15MW. I already have solar panels and so find it very tiresome to receive cold calls from telemarketers promoting solar panel installations by companies I've never heard of. Interstate companies are clearly targeting the ACT in a big way.

It would be good to see some high quality medium to large scale PV installations, and the reverse bidding process sounds like a good idea. Do you know if there is much uptake yet?

11:54 am
February 2, 2011



posts 30

Yes, I think the average installation is about 2KW so 15MW could be about 6-7000 homes but it might be a bit less since there are also a fair number of larger systems contributing to the total eg. 30KW on the roof of Bunnings and some petrol stations and so on. 

I'm not sure where the medium and large scale is up to. I think the total towards the cap was was to be doled out in smaller parcels. 

1:35 am
February 22, 2011

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It was interesting to read Simon Corbell's media release dated 17 February 2011 that said there are now more than 3,500 micro-generation solar installations on roofs in Canberra.

The release also announced that legislation had been passed to allow for medium scale solar installations to access the ACT's feed-in tariff. There would be two new categories: Medium Generator and the Community Based Generation, each with capacity caps of 15 megawatts.

Community groups can develop co-operatives to collectively develop
shared generators. The ACT Government has also developed a Solar Pays Community Guide that provides information on the ‘what' and ‘how' of
collective generators.

Apparently, the Government will introduce separate legislation later this year
to support the development of even larger scale facilities and will later follow this with an auction for the first 40MW tranche.

11:48 pm
June 1, 2011



posts 456

Well, it's the end of the micro generator category  for the feed-in tariff in the ACT as of midnight last night (Tuesday, 31 May 2011). According to Minister Corbell's media release, the legislated 15MW cap for this category has been reached.

Apparently, once all outstanding applications are processed more than 6,000 ACT houses will be generating clean renewable energy on
their rooftops.

The focus will now be on the Medium Generator category (for installations greater than 30kW and up to 200kW) with an allocated cap of 15MW, and later the larger scale facilities.

Hopefully, there'll still be an active market to ensure local solar panel installers will be able to make the transition as the Medium Generator category gears up.

Phil May from Solartec Renewables was on the news tonight saying that he'd just taken delivery of a large volume of solar panels in the expectation it would be some time before the legislated cap would be reached. So the situation seems to have changed very quickly due to lots of people trying to have panels installed before the large reductions to Commonwealth rebates from 1 July this year.

10:49 am
August 14, 2011



posts 456

With the closure of the ACT Feed-in Tariff scheme at midnight on 13 July 2011 after the 30MW cap was reached, it will be interesting to see what the impact will be on take-up of solar panels.

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