The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has welcomed the Victorian Government move to more than double the minimum solar feed-in tariff in that state.
From July 1, the feed-in tariff for rooftop solar will increase from 5 cents to 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour, benefiting about 130,000 households.
The change follows findings by the Essential Services Commission (ESC) in its report last year into the energy value of distributed generation.
Damien Moyse, the ATA’s policy and research manager, congratulated the State Government and the ESC.
“It’s very heartening for solar households in Victoria to have a government that is serious about renewable energy. Today’s announcement is a very positive move,” Mr Moyse said.
“We also congratulate the ESC for its work on the issue over the past 18 months. Solar households and businesses across Australia provide greater value into the national electricity market than the narrow methodology used to calculate feed-in tariffs up until now,” he said.
“The new feed-in tariff is closer to recognising the full value that distributed generation brings to our energy market, which is important as solar and other demand-side technologies continue to play a greater role in our energy mix.
“We’d like to see other states following Victoria and accurately reflecting the value of distributed generation through their feed-in tariff.”