Why are West Aussie’s left out of the Home Battery Rebate?
The ACT is doing it, Victoria and SA are doing it
So why isn’t WA doing it?
The people of Perth/WA need grid connect batteries to smooth the grid. We need the support of our state politicians, but for some reason there is very little or no support to get this over the line, unlike some of our fellow Australian states.
It’s time we made some noise… It’s time our state’s leaders woke up!
A grid connect home battery subsidy will be much cheaper than the cost of upgrading our grid to cope with our growing population and the influx of renewables. Not to mention it will avoid future power outages, we all know what happened to South Australia in 2016, we don’t want that to happen here, so let’s take some action by helping us spread the word far and wide that we just can’t wait any longer for battery storage subsidies in WA!
Grid connect batteries will stabilise our grid, this is a fact, which is why the ACT, Victoria, and SA have all chosen the grid connect home battery path, but our politicians seem to be sitting on their hands and doing nothing about it.
We (and it seems everyone we speak to) are asking the question Why? Why isn’t the WA government funding solar battery storage? We are utterly and totally baffled?!
This is contrary to the fact that only last year in 2018, The Western Australian energy minister was reportedly “mulling the introduction of home battery storage incentives”. Apparently, our state was working to achieve a rate of rooftop solar uptake that was expected to grow three-fold in the next decade.
The West Australian also reported that energy minister Ben Wyatt was looking at ways to boost battery uptake?!
So what happened, it’s been a year and still nothing?
It was also at this time that Wyatt said solar batteries would have a crucial role in WA’s future energy needs by “helping maximise the use of existing infrastructure and reducing the cost of electricity supply for consumers”. The West Australian also reported that Wyatt said Synergy was paying “over the odds” for surplus solar power produced in the middle of the day, when demand for electricity was typically low and output from Perth’s some 240,000 solar homes was high. He said he had asked the Public Utilities Office to examine the buyback scheme along with the adequacy of incentives for solar panels and batteries*.
The ACT Government have taken action to protect their states grid:
- Case in point, the ACT Government has announced a fourth (yes fourth) round of funding for the Government’s Next Generation Energy Storage program. The funding will continue to support the roll-out of around 36 megawatts (MW) of energy storage in up to 5,000 Canberra homes and businesses.
Victorian Solar Homes rebate program from July 1, 2019, will be extended to offer:
- a new battery rebate worth up to $4,839
- solar panels rebate for renters (at long last!) worth up to $2225
- interest-free loans for solar power system, repayable over 4 years
In South Australia a subsidy of up to $6,000 on the cost of a battery and low-interest finance is available
- South Australia’s Home Battery Scheme means lower electricity costs for the 40,000 households who purchase a system. In addition, the installation of these systems will reduce demand on the network (especially during peak periods) and in turn, lower energy prices for all South Australians.
We all share the same Aussie sunshine, we should be sharing the same grid connect battery government subsidy. WA has one of the highest irradiance numbers in the world (in other words, we have a lot of Sunny days)!
We are all aware of the problem sometimes associated with renewable energy, which is obvious: when the wind is not blowing or the sun is not shining, there is no power to feed into the grid. But we have a solution, “Home Batteries”. It is a viable technology AND it is utilising our sun and renewable energy.
This is the only way forward for a renewable, power secure future for our state.
“Lithium battery technology is now well developed and a reliable long term investment. As with the other states, WA homeowners need a little help to make this technology available to everyone” says Craig Donohue, Managing Director Clean NRG Solar
So if you feel as passionately as we do about WA being left behind, here’s what you can do to be heard:
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