• Solar bonus scheme crackdown on excess battery storage in Queensland Parliament
Solar bonus scheme crackdown on excess battery storage in Queensland Parliament
16 Jun, 2017, 1 Comment

Summary: The rules around how households with solar panels use and sell excess energy stored on batteries could be tightened, in a Queensland Government crackdown to ensure taxpayers do not foot a $1 billion bill.....


Proposed laws have been introduced to State Parliament which will mean consumers on the Solar Bonus Scheme would no longer be able to feed energy into the grid while taking power from their battery.


Households would also be banned from "oversizing", installing additional batteries that would enable them to supply energy to the premises as well as the grid, which they are paid for.


Queensland Energy Minister Mark Bailey wanted to encourage people to take up battery storage — but not at the expense of people who did not have solar.


"You can either use your solar PV [solar photovoltaic systems] to generate power for your property, or you can use the power coming from your battery," he said.


"You can't do both at the one time."


"When the Solar Bonus Scheme was first established, new technologies like batteries were not a consideration."

Mark BaileyPHOTO: Mr Bailey said the changes, if passed, would be retrospectively enforced. (ABC News: Patrick Williams)




The scheme, which is not open to new applicants and ends in 2028, pays households for excess electricity generated and exported to the grid.


Currently one in three people in Queensland have solar and those who signed up early get a generous 44 cents per kilowatt-hour (c/kWh) for what is fed out.


If nothing is done, the cost of the scheme could rise by 25 per cent in 10 years, potentially increasing the total scheme cost from $4.1 billion to around $5.1 billion, Mr Bailey said.


There are only about 650 batteries in use across the state, but their popularity is expected to increase as they become more affordable.


The changes, if passed in Parliament, will apply from Wednesday, to ensure people on the solar bonus scheme do not increase their generation capacity before the laws are passed.


The state's electricity distribution businesses will be in charge of policing the amendments.


The bill is due to be debated later this year.



www.abc.net.au 16/6/2017

Comments.
  • MyPassion

    Anonymous
    18 Jun, 2017

    Who needs grid power? All we do is support executives and politicians on huge wages and unrealistic life styles. Instead of getting power bills every 2 months of about $400 I buy batteries. In 12 months I buy 12 batteries per year hoping to sustain 7 days of storage and run a Missouri 1500 watt wind generator with generator backup for those dark windless days. Once I have about 30 large batteries I will only be up for replacement batteries every now and then and parts for my wind generator. I expect to generate for about 14 days per year in the south West of W.A. at a cost of about $200 maximum. This means no Western Power cutting my gate locks and running all over our farm spreading the weeds or causing damage that takes ages for them to restore and repair or even to admit to. That's what off grid power does for me. It gets the monkey off my back for ever. Get off the grid and get rid of these Energy Operators and politicians making stupid decisions for ever. Be free! It's not rocket science. A Missouri wind generator and other kinds are quiet enough to run in your backyard if you do not have enough access to the sun. Or even a small hydro system in a winter creek. It's all fun and possible and you do not have to worry about all these self styled experts and politicians putting up the cost all the time. The only power and costs we need to cut is the Politicians and the Energy Operators and the world will be a better place eh? Cheers
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