Rooftop solar is growing up

Published by Business Spectator. View the original article.

By Lucy Carter, energy fellow at Grattan Institute.

The rise of rooftop solar in Australia has been extraordinary.

rooftop-solar-array-537x359In 2009, there were fewer than 100,000 rooftop solar systems in Australia. Now, that number is more like 1,000,000. Rising electricity prices, falling equipment costs, higher levels of environmental awareness and large government subsidies have created the conditions for explosive growth.

Like a child moving into the more complicated world of adolescence, the rooftop solar industry is growing up. As a result, some of the rules governing its behaviour will also have to evolve as support is gradually removed and the industry interacts with the established power industry on a more even footing. This is not a bad thing – it marks the sector’s coming of age.

A good first step was the Victorian government’s decision to decrease the ‘feed-in tariff’…

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