Far west Parks and Wildlife not fazed by low solar tariff

New South Wales Parks and Wildlife service says it will continue to invest in solar power, despite a lower-than-expected feed-in tariff.

The state’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is now recommending a tariff of between five and ten cents for every kilowatt hour of solar energy fed into the grid.

That’s about half what the industry had been expecting.

New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service has invested in 12 grid connected solar-power systems around the far west.

Regional Operations Coordinator Paul Seager said the lower tariff may deter people from investing in the short-term, but the industry does have a future in Australia.

“I would like to think with our clear, sunny skies, and the distances between locations, and the cost of installing large transmission lines, and the cost of installing power plants that I’m hopeful grid-connected solar will play a part in Australia’s energy future,” he said.

He said Parks and Wildlife is locked into a tariff of up to 60 cents per kilowatt hour for its 350 solar panels.

But he said when that contract expires, the service will continue to invest in solar energy.
“Regardless of our own tariff we’ll continue to generate much of our own power and significantly reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.

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“So, regardless of the tariff, that’s two very important outcomes that we’ll continue to enjoy regardless of the tariff at the time.”

by ABC News

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I took an interest in the Australian energy sector close to ten years ago and since then have monitored the trends, technologies and direction of the Australian Energy Market. I was drawn to the Australian solar market in 2008 and since then have worked heavily in the field. I am partnered with national and international solar energy companies, from manufacturers of solar panel and inverter technology, online software developers that introduce tools to quote, monitor and manage solar power systems and media organisations who like myself, closely monitor the solar and renewable energy sector.

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