Solar rooftop subsidies in Australia doubling, will cost $1.3 billion this year, $160 per household

Solar rooftop subsidies in Australia doubling, will cost $1.3 billion this year, $160 per household. By Joanne Nova.

Many Australians don’t realize that those without solar panels pay are forced to pay for those who do through their electricity bills.

That pain point is about to launch itself above the horizon and into public view. For those readers with solar panels (there are a lot) this is not about you, this is about the system. Our badly managed grid is now so obscenely inefficient and expensive, droves of people are installing solar panels because they feel they have no choice.

Tony Abbott says “Australians are paying too much for our emissions obsession”.

NSW MP Craig Kelly: “It’s effectively a reverse Robin Hood scheme where we are ­increasing the electricity prices on the poor to reduce electricity ­prices for the rich.”

As Jo says: We could have put that billion into a new hospital. Instead we put magic squares on our houses, hoping to get nicer weather.

Solar Panels on Australian rooftops cost electricity customers $500m last year, and are projected to cost a staggering $1.3 billion this year.

With 8 million households that works out as $100 extra added onto electricity bills this year — on top of the $60 per household we paid last year for solar subsidies. That will be $160 total per household, just for solar subsidies, this year alone. …

Rooftop solar is only popular because our grid is so screwed people feel they can’t afford electricity any other way. One in five houses have solar panels. What happens if we all got solar?