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Solar installers reap sunshine days

Emerald solar-installer Scott Black.
Emerald solar-installer Scott Black.

THE Queensland Government's Solar Bonus Scheme feed-in tariff sparked a rush on solar panel systems in the state, and there are fears the solar industry will not be able to cope with the demand.

Emerald-based solar installer Scott Black said he had an influx of customers signing up for solar power right up until the tariff cut-off date on July 9.

But he is not concerned about the pressure.

"We had a big demand up until then … a couple of hundred people in the last week before cut-off," he said.

Mr Black said they had not had anything after the deadline but they would be very busy in the coming months.

"We have enough work to keep us going for the next six months."

Mr Black said the interest and demand for solar energy would not stop, even though the registration date had passed.

"NSW has their tariff cut off over 12 months ago," he said.

"It's cut back, but it still growing at 30% (a year).

"The products and demand will change, but it's not going to stop."

He said rising electricity prices would force people to save money any way they could.

"As power goes up, people are going to be forced into looking at ways to save money and solar is the one thing to help save money," Mr Black said.

"Across the board people are looking at more efficient ways to run things."


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