They have been talking about it for a while now, but it seems the laws are being put in place that will mean we can be charged a SUN TAX for feeding power into the grid.
Why do we go the solar route?
There are many reasons why people put solar panels on their roofs, or around their homes. I am fairly sure that one of the biggest ones is to save money. However, the chances of that with the changes that have been made and will be made make that highly unlikely anymore.
Doing it so you can go off-grid or for the environment are also good reasons for making the change.
We did it for the environment. We wanted to stop using coal-fired power for our electricity. Around 4 years ago we spend approximately $13,000 to put on a 5 kW system. Then the following year we paid almost the same for another 5 kW system so that would mean we had 34 panels on our roof. I have shown this before, but here is the photo of our roof.
We have spent a lot of money on these panels. Though we did it for the environment, we also wanted to get some money back for the power that we sent to the grid. That way it would cover us for the times we imported more than exported.
Feeding into the grid
There are good reasons for doing this.
One you are providing clean energy for the country.
You could be helping others.
Three, you can get paid and that will all go towards paying off your investment if you can call it that.
Part of the reason for going solar is so you can reduce how much money you spend on electricity. Here in Australia, ever since it was privatised the price per unit for electricity has just kept going up and up.
We would like to spend almost nothing on power now. In fact the first twelve months of having all those panels we did pay nothing.
This is the amount of money you get from the energy companies for feeding your power into the grid.
When we first went solar we were getting 11 cents per kWh, and paying over 26 cents for every kWh we imported from the grid.
Then we got a price hike, it went to 12 cents. Then, I think iin Juy last 2020, it went DOWN to 10 cents per kWh. That wasn’t too bad as they had also put the price of the power from the grid down to just over 22 cents.
Now, this past July they have reduced it again to 6 cents per kWh. I went through all my bills and put in the 6 cents and we will be paying for electricity every month now.
They have said the reason for this is that they are getting too much power being fed into the grid. So instead of upgrading their systems to deal with it, they are going to pay us less for it.
Now here is the Sun Tax
This is the latest we have been told. They are going to start charging us for feeding our clean power into the grid. Meanwhile, power from gas or coal will be allowed to continue to be fed into the grid for free.
What hope do people have?
They are going to offer people a choice. You can feed your power to the grid for free, but only a limited amount or you have a fee to feed it in.
Apparently, it is unfair that some people can have solar panels and some can’t. Really that is their argument. I say is it fair that some people can own a house while others have to rent? Why are they so concerned about what some people have now and not others.
If it happens we will be looking at how much we get charged and we may actually switch off the power to the grid so they get none of it.
In the end
The more changes they make means the fewer people are going to take up solar. Why would anyone spend all that money if there was no return for it. It is sad to see.
Especially when we have a Prime Minister that adores coal. His recent remarks were that as long as they could find a buyer for it they would keep digging it up. I just want the rest of the world to put sanctions on us, make it hard for them to export our fossil fuels.
It is so sad to think we live in a country that could generate so much solar. So much in fact that one billionaire is working on how to power Singapore with energy created in Australia. I’ve heard that Australia could generate enough solar in one day to power the world for a year, yet we have a government that isn’t interested in clean energy.
In fact, this government, and we have to put the states in this as well, will do everything they can to make it hard for people to use solar. They certainly don’t stop the power companies from almost penalising us for using clean energy.
It is a sad time indeed. Let’s hope people wake up soon and through elections, we can get a government that cares as much for the environment as the people do.
All the photos are of the solar panels on our house.