House Tablet

Find The Best Solar Deals In Australia

  • 3 Free, No Obligation, Solar Quotes
  • From Fully Qualified Installers
  • With 1000’s of Customer Reviews
  • Competing for Your Business
Finn Peacock Caricature

Ready for some quotes? Enter your postcode now

Clean Energy Council calls for WA feed-in tariff extension

2nd Aug 2011

Australia's peak body representing the clean energy sector has expressed disappointment at yesterday's decision to close the WA solar power feed-in tariff.

In a press release yesterday (August 1), chief executive Matthew Warren said the government should have made an attempt to seek advice on the matter prior to closing applications to the popular initiative.

Yesterday morning, WA energy minister Peter Collier announced that no further applications would be considered after the cap of 150 megawatts was reached ahead of expectations.

Warren says: "We are disappointed that this announcement has been made without any consultation with the solar industry and with no consideration of the future support for this popular technology."

Mr Warren believes that Australians are clearly ready to make the switch to solar power systems, as evidenced by the recent drastic increase in applications.

He says: “The temporary rush by consumers to get access to the best incentives unfortunately appears to have been used as an excuse to shut down an industry which was on track to stabilise under the lower incentives, as was the experience in other states."

Warren believes that unless a new scheme or an extension of the existing one, is introduced soon, many working in the solar sector will lose their jobs.

He notes that the investment of West Australian people is not purely in the purchasing of solar panel technology, but also in the energy sector infrastructure itself through skills training and new jobs.

Warren asserts: "The WA Government should not be turning back on this emerging industry.”

Looking to the future, he added that WA needs to re-evaluate its approach to the scheme with long term sustainability in mind before offering the services of the Clean Energy Council for consultation.

The Clean Energy Council consists of over 500 companies from the renewable energy sector and is Australia's leading not-for-profit authority on solar, wind and other clean energy technologies.

Its aim has been to influence policy-making bodies by advocating clean energy adoption across all of Australia and providing the collective advice of its members.

Recent months have seen a number of policy announcements and changes as state and federal government attempt to reduce the country's reliance on emissions-generating energy sources through funding initiatives and solar credits incentives.

Last month the Australian Capital Territory closes applications for its feed-in tariff ahead of schedule after the cap was reached within two days of being re-opened.

By: Bob Dawson - News Editor

Solar Power News Categories

Government Rebate & Regulations
Solar Power & Technology

More Government Rebate & Regulations

The election that could cast a deep shadow on solar power
This just in: You are nothing but a means to profit for big utilities and NSW government
The Tongans know a bad solar deal when they see one
Solar feed-in tariffs: Who's getting screwed?
Australian government at a solar power crossroads
WA government admits fault in solar rebate debacle
WA Government saves millions while solar customers are up in arms
SA's solar feed-in scheme costs to rise higher
CEC slams FIT deregulation in SA
Carbon tax announcement 'just a ripple'
Industry reactions to Rudd carbon price changes
New government 'must be made aware of renewable achievements'
Solar features prominently in ARENA funding plans
Calling all solar panel installers - 'save clean technology grants'
Manufacturers set to see bright side of economic slump?
Coalition government 'could spell bad news for solar'
'Not FIT for purpose' - ACT government on tariffs
QLD government under fire for negative solar stance
China's first trading emissions scheme begins
Details of the Queensland solar controversy
Solar panel reprieve for Queensland
Tasmania's solar future no longer too uncertain
Renewable energy funding on the brink
The Clean Energy Council calls for more renewables
Reactions to renewable energy decisions from the 2013-14 federal budget
Federal budget announcement offers a mixed bag
The impact of the carbon tax
Govt energy efficiency success
Renewable Energy Target achievements
New funding for solar panels
Australia and China further carbon cutting collaboration
Examining Australia's environmental efforts
Renewable Energy Target survives its review
Solar powered cinema a possibility
New licensing will make it easier for solar installers to work across states
Renewable recommendations for WA
Renewable energy target hangs in the balance
Deadline approaching for QLD PV installations under 44 cent solar tariff
Electricity emissions down since carbon tax introduced
Reactions to RET review final report mixed
CCA: RET on track to achieve goals
Experts slam Solar Credits decision
Government support 'needed for commercial solar development'
Shadow ministers slam ARENA withdrawal
Industry expert lauds solar PV impact
Australian Solar Council chief hits back at CCA review suggestion
Australian Solar Council debuts solar electorate map
CCA report 'victory for common sense'
Productivity Commission draft 'good for solar'
SA solar campaign reaches government level