South Australia Shadow Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Development Mitch Williams
Government’s Failings Lead To Solar Bungle
Victor P Taffa
The State Liberals have stepped in to fix the Weatherill Labor Government’s bungled handling of the Solar Feed-in Tariff.
“The Government has demonstrated its incompetence since introducing the tariff.” Shadow Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Development Mitch Williams said.
“Now it has demonstrated that it has no regard for fairness or equity by refusing to accept two amendments proposed by the Opposition and supported by minor parties in the Upper House which will restore equity to a small number of South Australians who have installed PV systems.”
“When the Solar Feed-in Tariff Legislation was first passed in Parliament it was deemed that a review of the scheme would be held when the installed capacity of PV in South Australia reached 10MW.” Mr. Williams said.
“This occurred in May 2009, the Government did not begin the review until October 2009.”
“The review was meant to be completed before the end of 2009, but nothing was heard from the Government until August 2010 when it was announced that the Feed-in Tariff would be increased from 44c to 54c.”
“This is in spite of the fact that the recommendations of the review included the capping of the scheme when the cost impost on the average household reached $10.00”
“The increase in the tariff by approximately 23 % would have cost South Australians $90 Million. The Liberal Party, with the assistance of the minor parties in the Upper House, successfully prevented this $90 Million impost on South Australian households.” Mr. Williams said.
“Once the Government finally realised just how out of control this scheme was they panicked and changed the rules on the last day of the scheme. These rules cut some people, who had invested in PV systems in good faith, out of the scheme.”
“The Liberal Party has sought to maintain some equity and fairness with regard to the number of South Australians who have installed PV systems. These people were caught out when the Government changed the rules on the last day of the scheme, after they had already signed up.” Mr. Williams said.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has completely mismanaged the Solar Feed-in Tariff and by refusing to accept the proposed amendments this legacy of mismanagement will continue to harm South Australians that have done nothing wrong.”
“The Liberal Party will continue to push for the Government to accept these amendments when they go to a Parliamentary deadlock conference.” Mr. Williams said.