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Solar deadline and rising electricity prices create rush

  1. 1. Solar deadline and risingelectricity prices create rushTOOWOOMBA-BASED Infinity Solar haswarned a perfect storm is approaching,fuelled by last week’s announcement of asubstantial increase in electricity pricesand a looming deadline for theGovernment’s Solar Bonus Scheme.
  2. 2. With 42,000 eligible homeowners yet toinstall solar systems ahead of the June 30deadline for the scheme, the company ispredicting a rush for installations, saidmanager John Harrison.“We have already seen an increase inenquiries from residents about havingsolar power systems installed since lastFriday’s announcement that electricityprices are set to rise,” he said.
  3. 3. “This announcement is only going to addpressure and people could find that reliablesolar companies are booked out.“However, this does not mean that they shouldcompromise on quality.“With everyone scrambling at the last minuteto install solar panels, demand increases andthe market is opened up to businesses that donot use the proper processes and materials,which can be very dangerous.
  4. 4. “It is now more important than ever tothoroughly research not only theequipment you’re looking at purchasingbut also the reputation and experienceof the businesses you are dealing with.“We have seen this happen before, withgovernment incentive schemes, wheredodgy operators flog the market only todisappear again once the deal of theday has expired.”
  5. 5. More than 20 solar companies went out ofbusiness in the last six months as governmentincentives decrease, which is a concern to theindustry but more so for the customers that areleft with no warranties and often inferiorequipment and installations.“New customers need to keep in mind that,although they are not eligible for the 44cents/kWh feed-in-tariff, there is still asignificant opportunity to save thousands ofdollars a year with the new 8 cents/kWh feed-in-tariff,” Mr. Harrison said.
  6. 6. It is important that customers are nottempted by cheap prices and quick job timesfrom dodgy businesses, but install a systemthat uses quality products and workmanshipthat will stand the test of time and deliverfeed-in tariff benefits for many years to come.“The use of in-house installers (solar panel installation) rather thancontracted tradies is a key factor to considerwhen choosing a solar electric panelscompany,” he said.
  7. 7. “It really is worthwhile doing someresearch to find a solar company that useshigh quality equipment and employstrusted experienced installers.”While the deadline to have a 44-centeligible system installed and the relevantpaperwork submitted is 30 June 2013, theopportunity still exists for all new residentswishing to make the most of solar power toclaim the current 8 cent/kWh feed-in-tariff.
  8. 8. Source : The Chronicle : Alistair BrightmanIf you like this blog you might also like…Five reasons why use solar panels,Solar Panels (Community Updates onFacebook)Solar for home (Happy Home Owner)
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