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drron

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RAM turn your attention to the financial support the renewables and gas industries have given to both sides.A lot more as they have been successful.
And look at the ties to the oil industry that past governors of California have.
 

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Well the days of short payback times are ending.Here in QLD we have just been cutback from feed tariff to 8 cents Kwh.
Shop around. Not all Qld retailers have dropped FIT that low. My retailer dropped FIT significantly earlier in the year, so I walked from them to another that was offering 17c/kwH. And note that many retailers are offering churn incentives of $50 or more, often for on-line sign-ups. While churning can be a little painful from a process perspective, it can be financially beneficial.
South Australia now has the authority to switch of roof top solar if too much generation.
It is my understanding that this capability requires the feature capability on the inverter. So existing systems can't be controlled in that way unless you choose to enable it, and that will only happen if the retailer provides some sort of incentive to active it. New systems will likely be required to have this feature available/enabled in the future.
 

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Disappointed but hardly surprised by the latest WA changes. Language on the synergy website seems particularly pointed towards people installing west-facing panels for late afternoon generation, or encouraging battery exporting at the same time.
But for batteries such as the LG Chem Resu 10kwh - which is only warranted to 30kwh throughput - the grid would need to be reimbursing at 32c/kwh to break even, at a $9500 purchase price. So the 10c/kwh "peak" rate does not compare.
Looks like self-consumption is still the key. Feed-In Tariff For New Solar Installations Slashed In Western Australia
 

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Disappointed but hardly surprised by the latest WA changes. Language on the synergy website seems particularly pointed towards people installing west-facing panels for late afternoon generation, or encouraging battery exporting at the same time.
But for batteries such as the LG Chem Resu 10kwh - which is only warranted to 30kwh throughput - the grid would need to be reimbursing at 32c/kwh to break even, at a $9500 purchase price. So the 10c/kwh "peak" rate does not compare.
Looks like self-consumption is still the key. Feed-In Tariff For New Solar Installations Slashed In Western Australia
I also don't see how this change actually solves the problem at hand. I don't think the feed in rates will make any difference to battery uptake. They'll still have excess load on the grid during peak production times, just paying people less for that electricity.
 

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I also don't see how this change actually solves the problem at hand. I don't think the feed in rates will make any difference to battery uptake. They'll still have excess load on the grid during peak production times, just paying people less for that electricity.
Completely agree. By pushing out the payback period by 1-2 years, it may even act to disincentivize solar for some, particularly those with low self consumption.
 
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Interesting. I've always been more of this opinion.

The chart on the minimum on a sunny January is quite amazing. A few more years of solar install and it might be near zero.

Definitely some benefit to Western panels for late afternoon power usage.
 

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My system has east, north, and west facing panels. When we were looking at the design, it was obvious that the peak production would be much higher with north facing, but, the all important area under the graph (i.e. total production) was better with the mix of panels.

Slight off topic, but we also have a gas boosted solar hot water system. We’ve discovered that the panels are corroding internally (at less than 7 years). It was the wrong call to install it in the first place, as we simply have no need for stored hot water. It will be replaced next week with an instant gas system.
 

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I might look into solar later this year.
It will interesting to find out the projected pay back time as I suspect that within 5 to 10 years we will be on the move.
 

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Yes moving out of your home is a major consideration as it will most likely make the property easier to sell but may not increase the value. We are now about 5 years since we put in solar and we have our money back from installing a 15kW system. We have put in a lift so we won’t have to move out of our 3 level residence. There is three of us at home now as Mrscove’s mother is here almost full time.
 

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