IPART Consumer Options at end of NSW SBS

Summary

The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme was overly generous and increased electricity prices for the 95% of consumers unable to install a solar system before the scheme was closed.

In late 2016 the NSW Energy Minister asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to undertake a review of options available to consumers on the scheme.

Drawing on several earlier articles Dr Gill suggested affected consumers could continue to maximise the benefits of their solar system by choosing to install a retailer provided net meter.

The submission also suggested the NSW Government consider a consumer education program. This education program would emphasise the majority of the value delivered by a net metered solar system is not shown on the electricity bill.

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