From today's letters in The Age
WITH so much in the news about global warming, climate change and the need for all of us to do our bit in terms of alternative, renewable energy sources, it seemed an appropriate time to mention our 12 solar panels, installed in April 2007 at great cost to cut back our carbon footprint and ease our energy bill.
We have recently received our first "solar credit" after 18 months of even bigger energy bills. The amount credited was $1.20. Apparently, with the Victorian solar energy scheme, we still pay for all the energy we use (even though we generate it ourselves with our solar panels) and are only credited with anything sent back into the grid.
Needless to say, we are not exactly overjoyed and, in fact, would quite like our money back. No one explained that we would be subsidising the energy company with our solar panels.
In Germany and other parts of the world, solar panels installed on residences actually cover the cost of energy used and you still get paid for any excess that goes into the grid.
There's something terribly wrong with this system.
Anne S. Walker, Carlton
Yes, yes there is Anne.S.Walker of Carlton.
There's also something wrong and evil about emissions trading, but we'll discuss that a little later, shall we?
Right now, let's bask in the knowledge that installing solar panels will cost you mega bucks, on top of which you will still pay a power company for the free sunshine that you use.
Ah, bless. The search for intelligent life continues.
Former rock star Environmental Minister has announced an even more diabolical - and short lived - scheme than the current miserly pretense at supporting alternative energy sources.