Page 3612 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 22 October 2013
MS PORTER: Minister, how does the small-scale household solar play a role in the government’s large-scale solar policies?
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Porter, could you just repeat the question? I did not hear it all.
MS PORTER: I am sorry. Minister, how does the small-scale household solar play a role in the government’s large-scale solar policies?
MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the question. The government does continue to project in its policy settings the ongoing rise of micro solar, as it is known, or rooftop solar on the top of people’s homes. We have over the past two years or so, even with the closure of the micro feed-in tariff schemes, seen a further two megawatts of renewable energy generation installed on Canberra rooftops, and that is without any price support through a micro feed-in tariff.
So what that really highlights is that the cost of micro or rooftop solar for households has been dramatically slashed again because of economies being generated in the global PV market. Households are continuing to take advantage of that. They are recognising that it is a very affordable choice for many households as a way of offsetting rising electricity prices and managing their household electricity use and bills.
At the same time, we are seeing the emergence of new products, new models of delivery of PV into the household market. We are now starting to see leasing schemes come into effect where there are effectively no up-front costs for householders. They enter into a long-term finance arrangement with a company where the company effectively leases the roof space and gives the householder a discount on their electricity bill for a guaranteed period of time.
These are the types of new financial models that are coming into place in rooftop solar and they really do highlight the very important role that rooftop solar will continue to play in our overall greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Ms Gallagher: Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answer to question without notice
MR BARR: I can advise the Assembly in relation to Mr Wall’s question around the Tuggeranong Men’s Shed that I have sought some information from the Community Services Directorate, which advises there has been good progress towards the lease. It is expected to be finalised in the next couple of weeks, and the men’s shed can move in immediately once the lease is finalised.