29 Oct '13, 8pm

As solar power takes off in Australia, energy utilities fight back

As solar power takes off in Australia, energy utilities fight back

With the price of solar power dropping , in some areas, it is now cheaper for consumers to supply their own energy than to rely on the grid. In what can be seen both as a sign of progress and an example of the challenge of systemic change, Australia’s major electricity utilities are reportedly attempting to slow or even halt the transition away from dirty energy to clean solar power. Giles Parkinson or RenewEconomy and CleanTechnica reports : The push to contain the rush for solar PV – which is occurring even after most subsidies have been removed – comes as major generators, network operators and electricity retailers admit that solar PV is upsetting their decades-old business model – which is based on a high-volume, low margin business that relies on continued growth. ... There is increasing evidence that utilities across Australia are refusing solar connections, or forc...

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