NEW RULES: A new solar tariff deal is expected to be better for consumers.
NEW RULES: A new solar tariff deal is expected to be better for consumers. Contributed

Solar tariff deal will benefit home owners

MASTER Electricians Australia has supported the State Government's decision to abandon the eight-cent solar feed-in tariff, saying it gives home owners the opportunity to shop around for the best deal with retailers.

The end of the mandated tariff on July 1 will mean rather than the government paying customers for the solar power they put back into the grid, energy retailers will have to negotiate directly with home owners to determine the tariff amount.

MEA Queensland state manager Stephen King said the new scheme meant most solar users would be able to start to play retailers off against each other to get a better deal.

"It makes sense for energy retailers to be paying a tariff for power put back into the grid by home owners, rather than the government," Mr King said.

"Removal of the tariff will foster competition and enable home owners to shop around, and the feed-in tariff may well increase with the added completion.

"Consumers should take this as an opportunity to not only ensure they are getting a fair deal but to do a full check of their home's energy efficiency to see where else they can make savings.

"Home owners can get a Master Electrician to come into their home and identify the most energy efficiency investments for their household."

To find a Master Electrician or licensed contractor nearby for any of your electrical needs, visit http://www.masterelectricians.com.au or phone 1300 889 198.

Gympie Times


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