Following the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme feed-in tariff debacle, the NSW government has reaffirmed its legal obligation to connect residential solar power systems to the electricity grid on a net-metering system, despite the recent closure of the NSW Solar Bonus feed-in tariff scheme. Net metering set-ups allow those who have solar panels on their homes to feed electricity into the grid, saving money and possibly even profiting.
According to a press release from the Australian Solar Energy Society, AuSES, quoted the NSW government’s response to rumours that new solar power systems would not be connected to the electricity grid:
“The Electricity Supply Act requires an electricity network to connect a generator to the grid, provided it complies with relevant safety, technical and metering requirements. These legislated requirements apply regardless of whether a customer is participating in the Solar Bonus Scheme or not. In addition, with the pending implementation of the National Energy Customer Framework electricity distribution network operators will be required to have at least one form of standard contract allowing the connection of micro-embedded generation, such as rooftop PV systems (up to 10 kilowatts).”
AuSES and other organisations in the Solar Power industry are pushing for a minimum 1:1 rate on a net metering scheme for residentially-generated electricity from small-scale system. This would mean that homes that feed electricity into the grid would be paid an equal rate per kilowatt hour as what they pay for their own electricity.
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