Tasmanian Solar PV Rebates On the Rise

Energy conscious Tasmanians on Australia’s island state, have received almost AUD$900,000 (US$700,000) under the Commonwealth Government’s Photovoltaic Rebate Program, which is administered by Aurora Energy, the state’s major utility.

Hobart, Tasmania – January 15, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] General Manager Aurora Retail, Peter Davis, said the initial four-year program had proved to be so popular the Commonwealth had decided to extend it to the end of the 2004/05 financial year. Davis said Tasmanians were leading the way in adopting new solar power technology, with more than 205 applicants from around the State sharing in cash rebates totalling more than $877,000 (US$682,000) for the installation of grid-connected or stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) systems. The Commonwealth Government introduced the program in 2000 to encourage the long-term use of photovoltaic technology to generate electricity from the region’s abundant sunlight. It aims to reduce greenhouse emissions, to assist in the development of the Australian PV industry, and to increase public awareness of renewable energy. Davis said that as well as administering the program in Tasmania on behalf of the Commonwealth, Aurora Energy had also assisted by facilitating the installation of grid interactive PV systems to enable customers to sell any excess energy produced back to the grid through what is more popularly known as net-metering. A total of 20 grid interactive PV systems have been installed in Tasmania, with Aurora purchasing more than 40 MWh of electricity from consumers by the end of 2003 under its Net Metering buy back offer. “Aurora is concerned with efficient use of electrical energy and we’re keen to provide energy solutions to our customers, not just via a centralized distribution system,” Davis said. “Tasmanians are clearly interested in energy efficiency and the use of other renewable energy sources, as evidenced by the success of the photovoltaic rebate scheme.”
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