Yes folks, the deadline was supposed to be 30 June, but in their wisdom they decided to give the solar industry only 8 hours notice that the solar rebate of $8,000 was ending earlier than previously announced. Maybe they should give the coal industry 8 hours to stop burning coal. That would only be only fair, wouldn’t it. The Solar industry must be up in arms given this remarkably stupid decision. I feel really sorry for them in these uncertain times.
So, anyone who has just ordered a very cheap system, you better have your paperwork for the rebate sent to the relevant authority in 4 hours or you will miss out. Maybe you will just have to wait for the new scheme (also a farce), but it is not available due to the Renewable Energy Target Scheme not yet passed through the Parliament, you haven’t got a snowballs chance in hell to get a subsidised system. Sure, the new scheme is not means tested, but there is less incentive in less sunny places in this country. The scheme is based on how many ‘peak sunlight hours’ your system will receive.
This decision just shows that the government is not serious about fighting climate change. The CPRS is window dressing so PM Rudd looks good on the world stage. What a bunch of frauds!
Mr Garrett, you should be ashamed to sell out to the coal industry, because from where I am standing, that is exactly what it looks like! With people like you in charge of environmental policy, it make me want to run for the Greens! I might even get a few votes. It is a pity that I would have to compete with the lovely Ms Gillard, who represents my electorate! Not a chance, in this, the heart of Labor voters.