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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by [email protected], Aug 10, 2013.

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  1. Guest

    So Colin Barnett is cutting the feed-in tariff. I hate that lying cheat,
    but it was stupid to offer 40c/kWh in the first place. Last year
    I saw a house for sale in Applecross (a tycoon's suburb). The realtor's
    sign boasted $2000 solar credit last bill. So that means even if the house
    was vacant, then the vendor must still have over 10 kW array. I couldn't
    see it as the house faces south.
    Welfare for the rich?
     
  2. keithr

    keithr Guest

    We moved house some months ago. I didn't put solar power on the old one,
    the roof faced the wrong way and we were part way down an east facing
    ridge which made the sun set about 4 in the afternoon. I was paying
    about $400 a quarter for power.

    The new house came with a 1.9Kw solar power installation and solar hot
    water, we recently got our first quarterly power bill $-28.

    I'm getting $0.44 from the government plus another $0.08 from the power
    company which is quite ridiculous, but then so is the $0.08 that the
    government is offering for new installations. The fair price to my mind
    to go get exactly what you pay ie. if they charge $0.30 for a KwH then
    they should pay $0.30 per KwH for the power that you send back.
     
  3. Sylvia Else

    Sylvia Else Guest

    That would more than it's worth to the supplier. You're talking about
    energy that's only available during the day, and only then if the sun is
    shining. There are all kinds of costs associated with the need to supply
    power 24/7, and regardless of whether the weather cooperates.

    The actual value of the solar power is the marginal cost of running a
    generator somewhere to generate that power if you hadn't supplied it.
    That's little more than the cost of the extra fuel used to run the plant.

    Sylvia.
     
  4. Jeßus

    Jeßus Guest

    Indeed. Much like tobacco being legal and TAXABLE... yet at the same
    time, all the anti-smoking pressure that smokers and sellers have to
    endure.

    Anyone being influenced in their decision to go solar due to subsidies
    is going to be very disappointed in the long term.
     
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