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Retailers not forced to offer contracts to customers in South Australian PV scheme

Posted by gmarkets on 17 September, 2007

Further details of South Australia’s scheme to allow photovoltaic generators to feed power to the electricity network were given by Minister for Energy P.F. Conlon in South Australia’s House of Assembly on 12 September 2007.

Retailers not forced to offer contracts: Conlon said: “In accordance with the national competition principles, we are not forcing retailers to offer contracts to PV owners as part of this scheme. However, we recognise that if an existing customer of a retailer installs and wishes to connect a solar PV system, the retailer will be obliged to pass on the feed-in incentive for as long as the retail contract between the retailer and the customer remains in place. Electricity retailers will have an opportunity to assess the advantages and disadvantages of participating in the scheme relative to their business objectives. Accordingly, only retailers that perceive there to be value in the scheme would be expected to accept or keep customers with photovoltaic systems. In assessing whether there is value in the scheme, retailers would be expected to take implementation costs into account. The implementation ‘cost per customer’ may be higher for smaller retailers.”

Reference: P.F. Conlon, Minister for Energy, House of Assembly, South Australia, 12 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 16/9/2007

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