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No More Overseas Travel? - Running out of oil? 12-Nov-2007 At 2:25:53 PM Dom
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On 12/11/2007 anthonyk wrote:
>regardless of who pays for it, the numbers still say that other options
>are more cost effective in reducing CO2 per dollar than putting solar panels
>on roofs. i think eventually a solar solution is the best option, but
>its just not practical large scale at the moment.

Thatís because Australian's can't sell their PV Power back to the grid at spot prices. We get a flat amount per KWh we generate just like we pay a flat amount per KWh. If we copied Germany's model Australian households fitted with solar arrays would be getting money back from the retailers when they sell their excess electricity back at the prevailing market price.

Right now the eastern states (+ SA) have a price cap of $10,000 per MWh so if you installed 1MW of capacity from solar sources on top of your roof it is highly probable that, under the Germany system, you would get some large checks after summer. But then there are always the vested interests of the generators to consider... if everyone had a solar array why would we need a La Trobe valley?

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