Act now to take advantage of solar power rebates

17th Apr 2012

If you're planning on taking advantage of a government rebate for installing solar panels, then it may be wise to act sooner rather than later – changes look likely to come into force on July 1.

Queensland electricity retailer Ergon Energy explained that federal government incentives are set to be cut from this date, including the Solar Credits rebate.

Solar Credits works by supporting people who install solar power systems – although the amount of funding available will be reduced by a third later this year.

"We urge customers planning to purchase a solar PV system before 1 July to promptly fill out and return the application form to us as soon as possible," explained acting general manager at service delivery central John Dunn.

In order to increase your chances of having a system approved and connected in time, Ergon Energy has recommended a couple of deadlines that should prevent you losing out.

If you are making an application for a system that is five kilowatts or greater, then all the paperwork needs to be sent in by April 30.

For smaller systems, you need to think about putting forward your application by May 28 to be in with a chance of dipping into the government's purse before the strings are tightened.

The size of the installation you decide to make will depend on a number of factors, with the main ones being how much solar electricity you need to generate and the amount you can afford to spend.

Although you are not guaranteed to be given the green light to you solar power ambitions in time, Ergon believes that these deadlines will give you a fairly decent chance.

So the moral of the story is to act fast…time is running out if you want a financial pat on the back for your environmental efforts.

Posted by Bob Dawson


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