Solar energy users angry about end of tariff

LOCAL solar users are keen to take back control of their power generation.

The disdain raised by solar users comes after the State Government last week confirmed their position in axing the eight cent feed-in tariff on solar panels from July 1.

Retail businesses will hold the responsibility for offering tariffs after the mandated eight cent tariff paid to PV Solar owners will end on June 30.

Ross Atkin, a Gladstone solar user, says everyday households are being punished for using renewable energy.

"Solar installation does not mean wealthy," he said.

"I installed solar to save money and for a more sustainable way of living.

"It just seems there are huge generalisations being made on behalf of the government in regards to solar."

Mr Atkins was supported by 250 other Queensland solar users who are voicing a desire to 'go off the grid'.

Solar Citizens national director Lindsay Soutar said last Friday that the Queensland Government would have more than 600,000 angry solar voters to contend with at the next election.


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