Electricians back Qld Govt plan to wind up unfair solar scheme

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18 April 2016

Master Electricians Australia today backed the Queensland Government’s proposal to buy out the solar feed-in tariff, saying the scheme had been an unfair burden on the power network and on taxpayers.

MEA Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Richards said the 44 cent feed-in tariff had always been an unfair burden on those people who did not have solar panels, as well as on people who used electricity during the day and were not able to feed power back into the grid. 

“This scheme has been a problem from the beginning,” Mr Richards said.

“It has had long-term impacts on the network and the public purse that were never imagined when it was implemented. 

“So we welcome Minister Bailey’s move to consider options for buying out home owners on the existing scheme. 

“We also think the suggestion of offering batteries and a new tariff arrangement as part of the deal is a good one. 

“Master Electricians stands ready to help the State Government to finalise this proposal and move forward with it. 

“We also point out that installing battery systems for Queensland homes would create a burst of economic activity, boosting the Palaszczuk Government’s job creation agenda. There is an army of qualified mum-and-dad electrical businesses across Queensland who are ready and able to do this work.”

Malcolm Richards is available for interview. Please phone SAS Group on 07 321 9222.