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24 March

Australian State Feed-In-Tariffs

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To continue our series of discussion on Australian Solar Incentives, in addition to Australian Federal Solar Incentives, most states also offer support for solar and other renewables via Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) schemes. Under the FIT scheme owners are paid for each unit of power that they export to the electricity grid. The FIT rates offered range from zero to as much as  66c or 68c per kWh. Most Australian states and territory governments either currently have or previously had a Solar Feed-In-Tariff  (Solar FIT) (also known as a Solar Bonus Scheme or Solar Buy-Back Scheme) in place. A uniform federal scheme to supersede all State schemes has been proposed by Tasmanian Greens Senator Christine Milne, but not enacted. National feed-in tariff systems have been enacted in numerous countries including Brazil, Canada, China and many EU countries.

There have been many changes to Feed-In-Tariff legislation in all Australian states and territories within the past two years. For an overview of these state incentives offered, please see the summary table of Australian State Government Feed-In-Tariffs Schemes, available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feed-in_tariffs_in_Australia

Feed-in-Tariffs were introduced by a number of states in Australia to increase the amount of solar PV power generated. They can be classified by a number of factors including the price paid, whether it is on a net or gross export basis, the length of time payments are guaranteed, the maximum size of installation allowed and the type of customer allowed to participate. The Solar Feed-In-Tariff schemes currently available in Australia are predominantly “net” schemes. A net Feed-In-Tariff rewards one for each unit of solar power that one had exported to the electrical grid. The governments of New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC), South Australia (SA), and Queensland (QLD) are operating under net Feed-In-Tariff scheme. Net FIT’s generally pay comparatively little to the producer (generally a household) because electricity produced by solar photovoltaic or other renewable energy just offsets the producer’s usage. Net FIT’s are referred to as “fake feed-in tariff” and is actually net metering, with a monthly payment for net generation, instead of the normal roll over. Gross tariffs conform to the normal definition of a feed-in tariff, and provide a more certain financial return, paying for all electricity produced, even if it is consumed by the producer, reducing or helping meet peak demand. If you are still not clear about the difference between gross vs net feed-in-tariff, think of net feed-in-tariff as having a cap on the amount of energy one can sell back to the grid at the level of one’s energy consumption whereas gross feed-in-tariff does not have such a cap. Many Australian state feed-in tariffs were net export tariffs, whereas conservation groups argued for gross feed-in tariffs. In March 2009, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) started a solar gross feed-in tariff. For systems up to 10 kW the payment was 50.05 cents per kWh. For systems from 10 kW to 30 kW the payment was 40.04 cents per kWh. The payment was revised downward once before an overall capacity cap was reached and the scheme closed. Payments are made quarterly based on energy generated and the payment rate is guaranteed for 20 years.

The ACT , TAS, and New South Wales have  or had gross feed-in tariffs. Other State Governments have enacted net feed-in tariff schemes which have been criticised for not providing enough incentive for households to install solar panels and thus for not effectively encouraging the uptake of solar PV.

Australian FIT laws tend to focus on providing support to solar PV particularly in the residential context, and project limits on installed capacity (such as 10kW in NSW) mean effectively that FITs do not support large scale projects such as wind farms or solar thermal power stations.

Solar FITs are one of the key incentive mechanism for the promotion of renewable energy generation across the globe. Through FITs, Germany was able to become the world leader in rooftop solar power. China has also introduced a national FIT program in an effort to expand domestic demand for solar PV systems.

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Decarbonisation on the Cheap, How an Electricity Efficiency Feed-In-Tariff Can Cut Energy Costs

Why FITs (from Alliance For Renewable Energy)

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9 June

Pathway To 100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream (4)

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 163 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go!
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As we progress to the fourth episode of the “Pathway To #100% Renewables Is Not A Pipedream”, I want to share with you  the talk by #Angelina Galiteva, Founding Board Chair of Renewables 100 Policy Institute. In addition to founding the Renewables 100 Policy Institute, #Angelina M. Galiteva was appointed in 2011 by #Governor Jerry Brown to the #California Independent Systems Operator Board (CAISO). Angelina Galiteva shares with us the goals for California’s renewable energy future:

  1. Increase the overall #RE (renewable energy) content
  2. #Create jobs and new industries
  3. Improve the environment
  4. Mitigate #climate change
  5. Increase #energy security
  6. Support new technologies

She stresses the importance of impact of regulatory policy on the structure and success for renewable energy industries. #Regulatory policy is essentially divided into three broad groups of policy on a geographic level:

  1. Traditional regulation (#Mandated standards and #Public education)
  2. Carbon Pricing (#Carbon taxes and #Cap-and-trade)
  3. #Innovation Policy (#Knowledge management and #Adjustment assistance)

In assessing the potential success of policies, investors are looking for a policy framework that will provide transparency, longevity, certainty and consistency.  The policy is more likely to be successful if it addresses issues below:

  1. Enhancing returns
  2. Mitigating risk
  3. Addressing non-financial barriers (such as inter-connection)

It has been demonstrated that Feed-In-Tariff is the most effective policy so far. Please view the video below where Angelina Galiteva explains why Feed-In-Tariff has proven to be such an effective incentive policy for renewable energy:

This is one of the reasons that Sun Is The Future began early in 2011, to help  spread better understanding of Feed-In-Tariff for Renewable/Solar Energy, to start the petition “#Solar-FIT For Sunshine State”. Yes, #FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) is an incentive policy that has and will benefit  the consumers/people.  So, please join me in signing the petition above if you are a resident of Florida. Please start a petition for your state/province/country if you are not a resident of Florida and if Feed-In-Tariff for Renewable Energy is not yet established in your state/province/country.  With the FIT in place, the future of our planet will be much brighter. I will try to start a youtube channel specifically on #Feed-In-Tariff to help clarify some of your questions. Please feel free to email me any link for any video(s) on the topic of Feed-In-Tariff.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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24 April

What Is Solar-FIT (Feed-In-Tariff)?

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As a result of our petition campaign for “Solar-FIT For Sunshine State“, I’ve been receiving many questions from our visitors/readers/viewers about the incentive policy Feed-In-Tariff. Below is a simple explanation. For more complete history and description of this policy, please click on FIT (Feed-In-Tariff).

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Simply put, Feed-In-Tariff allows any solar energy producer to get a guaranteed rate (feed-in rate) for the energy they produce or the excess energy they produce within a fixed period of time (this period may vary from place to place and may change subject to reassessment). Feed-In-Tariff is an incentive policy that will help the spread of solar installations by guaranteeing solar energy producers to be able to sell the excess energy they produce back to the power/utility company.  This creates a synergistic relationship with the utility company because it will help to reduce the load on utility company during peak demand (when sun is shining brightly) and to provide incentive for people to stay on the grid. With greater certainty of return on the investment, financial institutions are more likely to want to lend money to those who are intending to become solar energy producers. Feed-In-Tariff has proven to be the most effective policy in stimulating the spread of solar installations, local jobs, local economic prosperity and helping the local economy to shift away from dependence on fossil fuel. This policy has been responsible for Germany’s economic prosperity and Germany’s having one of the lowest unemployment rate among all European nations. It has also worked beautifully in Gainesville, FL. We would like to see this policy extending beyond Gainesville so that all of the Floridians will  be able to enjoy the benefit of our glorious sunshine through this policy.

I hope this is clear. Please feel free to contact me if you need further clarifications.

Please also share the petition link with others Thank you.

~have a bright and sunny day~

sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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17 April

Virtual Earth Day Celebration For All

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Get Ready For A Bright and Sunny Day/Future (The Future Is Now)

Just want to quickly let you know that there will be an online event celebrating Earth Day this upcoming weekend, April 19-22, 2013. This is a virtual conference, free and open to the general public. There will be many people speaking about solar energy. Our friend Bill Gallagher, former President of FlaSEIA and long-time (37 years!) solar entrepreneur (Solar-Fit of Holly Hill, FL) will be on at 11:30 A.M., Saturday (April 20, 2013) morning. Times for each day are 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.  Click Agenda for scheduled programs and speakers. Click FREE Registration for registration.

Speakers:

An outstanding line-up of speakers will address a wide array of timely energy topics, including top State officials (like State Energy Director, Patrick Sheehan and Florida Solar Energy Center Director, Dr. Jim Fenton) … national energy pros (like long-time American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy expert, Skip Laitner) … state-level nonprofits (like the Florida Green Building Coalition) … regional organizations (like the Space Coast Energy Consortium and Clean Cities Coalition) … industry officials (solar, electric utilities, transportation, others) … leading local governments and still others.

This event is hosted by: The Future Is Now Foundation and our Energy Smart Planning Program, held in conjunction with the Florida Solar Energy Center & the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition. Various other groups such as Florida Transportation Systems, Inc., Orlando Utility Commission, etc.

Get Ready For A Bright and Sunny Day/Future (The Future Is Now)

~have a bright and sunny day~

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18 March

Bill Gallagher, President of SOLAR-FIT, Almost 4 Decades in Solar Business

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I’d like to introduce you to a solar entrepreneur, Mr. Bill Gallagher (President of SOLAR-FIT), who has been in solar business for 38 years (almost 4 decades) !  Having such a longevity in this youthful business, we can certainly learn a great deal from his experience.  Below is a video clip of the exchange I had with Bill on a sunny day in March at Holly Hill, Florida (where SOLAR-FIT is).  I apologize for my heavy nasal sound/voice as a result of my Spring allergy.

Solar-Fit provides a great variety of solar products and services for solar PV, solar thermal (with several days of backup system), solar ventilation system, heliocol solar pool system, and sun tunnel (which funnels natural light into any dark room).

Attic Ventilation System would help to reduce the cost of AC for Florida homes

Having Sun Tunnel would bring in more natural sunlight into a house/building

 

Bill also mentioned the one price online permitting process at Broward County (previously mentioned in our Feb. 22, 2013 post with Mr. Jeffery Halsey of Broward County of Florida)being able to help reduce a good percentage of the soft cost of solar projects. With the dropping cost of solar modules and the security of return that solar investments promise, investing in solar installations is the smart thing to do now. Not only are solar installations able to help reduce CO2 emission, they will also enable consumers to be better prepared for emergency situations (such as hurricanes). We are all hoping that there will be Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS)and/or goals in the state of Florida and better structured solar incentives that would help to guide consumers toward the path for better use of our wonderful sunshine here in state of Florida.

Bill Gallagher, President of SOLAR-FIT of Holly Hill, FL, chatting with us about various solar systems that would help to reduce consumers’ expenditures and improve their living environment

Bill Gallagher in front of SOLAR-FIT of Holly Hill, FL, a solar business that’s been around for almost 4 decades !

After our visit to Bill’s SOLAR-FIT, we stopped by WNZF NewsRadio station to chat with Bill about Solar Energy and what has been developing at Sun Is The Future.  Because Holly Hill is not far from Daytona and there were two qualifying sessions set for Friday (March 15, 2013) at the Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 200 on Saturday (March 16, 2013) for The 2013 Geico Motorcycle AMA pro Road Racing series event, I have never seen so many motorcyclists on the road in my life!

 

Motorcyclists seen in Holly Hill, FL, not far from Daytona, a day before the two qualifying sessions of Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 16, 2013, for the 2013 Geico Motorcycle AMA pro Road Racing Series event

Visiting WNZF NewsRadio station with host of the Renewable Energy Show (every Saturday, 10:30AM-11:00AM, at 1550AM and 106.3FM) host Bill Gallagher at right, Mark Gilliand the sound engineer of WNZF at left, and Susan and Michael of SunIsTheFuture in the middle

At the WNZF News Radio station,we found out that Bill had been busy not only as a solar entrepreneur, but also a terrific radio show host spreading the good news about renewable energy.You are all encouraged and welcomed to listen in to Bill’s Solar Fit Renewable Energy Show that airs every Saturday morning from 10:30 A.M.-11:00 A.M. at 1550 AM and 106.3 FM in state of Florida. Please feel free to contact Bill if you know of any solar enthusiasts, advocate, or entrepreneurs who would like to share his/her experience in solar business world. We chatted about the evolution of Sun Is The Future: how I started sunisthefuture.net from a solar education blog in early 2011, to expanding to sunisthefuture Youtube Channel, recruiting hubby Michael to be the cameraman and technical support in 2012 ,  Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva, Online Sunisthefuture Stores, and  attention toward FIT (Feed-In-Tariff), also known as the CLEAN in CA, as a tool/method/incentive policy to help quickly spread the renewable or solar energy installations in USA.

For any information about solar systems at SOLAR-FIT or possibility of discussion about solar industry here in Florida and USA, please contact President Gallagher at:

  1. www.solar-fit.com
  2. Bill@solar-fit.com
  3. 386-441-2299

~have a bright and sunny day~

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17 September

The Sunshine State: Florida Solar Market and Policy Issues

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Below is a recording of the panel of discussion that took place on September 11, 2012, Tuesday, 2:30-4:00P.M. During Solar Power International (SPI)2012, moderated by Bill Gallagher (President of Solar-Fit), Speakers: Patrick Sheehan (Director of Office of Energy), Joseph Pietrzak (Senior Program Manager of Progress Energy of Florida), and Bruce Kershner (Executive Director of FlaSEIA).


Recent history of solar policy in Florida  was presented/discussed. Its effect on the local solar industry and what is needed to create a strong solar industry in the state are analyzed.  All speakers are very well organized and succinct in their presentations. It is clear that incentive policy is critical in determining the future direction (Success or Failure) of our state’s (or any other state’s) energy/solar industry.  From these presentations, we can see the need for a more clear state energy incentive policy (with less regional variations and better defined goal). The effective Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) (http://sunisthefuture.net/?m=20120417) had been a policy responsible for much of the job creations and economic prosperity in Germany, Gainesville, FL.  FIT had been asked by many Florida residents in the past. It’s an incentive policy that had been overwhelmingly received by many countries on planet earth. It is important that all parties involved will try to work cooperatively, for the cost of solar is low enough and will continue to drop. There are also many other modern technologies and R & D for alternative energy that are in the process of development. Mutual cooperation is needed for long term successful survival of all parties, small individuals as well as large utility companies.  Because it is at a point in human history that in the near future, individuals may have the option of going off the grid completely. We are living in a time of global economy and we are not living on an isolated island. If utility companies are truly concerned about their long term viability, they should think of implementing incentives that would keep their customers connected to the grid, working cooperatively toward a solution that will be mutually beneficial for every one involved.  I have long enjoyed the stability of using my utility company and would like to see it on the path being viable for the long haul. FIT may be implemented in such a way that both the utility company and individuals may benefit from participation. I believe CA is trying some such measures. Utility company in Hawaii is also thinking about the future success/viability of their organization, implementing FIT very effectively and cautiously. I would also like to remind you of another post on September 16, 2012 at http://sunisthefuture.net , recalling lessons from other industries: music industry with mp3 and Kodak with digital photography. In both cases, one can see that resistance was futile and delayed acceptance by the status quo would either lead to dramatic lowered revenue or death of the industry. Don’t forget this type of cooperation is also a way to demonstrate our sense of responsibility for future generations on this planet, for implementation of effective Feed-In-Tariff would lead to massive solar installations, job creations, local economic prosperity, while insuring cleaner and safer environment for our future generations. Our world is changing and our paradigm has shifted such that we all need to learn to play cooperative games in order to survive in this global economy.  Successfully played, it will be a very prosperous, clean, and a war-free future for all of us.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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