HOUSEHOLDS in south-west Victoria are being encouraged to install solar panels ahead of cuts to the Victorian Transitional Feed-in Tariff (TFiT) later this year.
Keppel Prince Engineering is about to launch a new community solar project to help install solar photovoltaic systems before the TFiT cuts.
Keppel Prince expects to install up to 80 systems before the TFiT reduction. This will be run on a strict case of first in gets the best opportunity.
Two public meetings will be held in Portland and Hamilton next week with Peter Reefman and Mike Noske from Keppel Prince available to explain how solar can help lower electricity costs, how best to take advantage of Commonwealth and State subsidies and why time is limited to access subsidies.
Mr Reefman will explain the significant advantages of installing your system before the TFiT closes, and what is expected to happen to solar subsidies after this occurs.
Mr Reefman said Keppel Prince had estimated the TFiT would drop at the end of December, but that it was a conservative estimate.
“If the tariff doesn’t drop in December, we’ll look at installing more systems before it does,” Mr Reefman said.
The meetings will also provide details and answer questions. The first meeting will be in Hamilton on Tuesday from 7pm at the Gilly’s Function Room, conducted in collaboration with Hamilton community member Heinz de Chelard, and the second will be in Portland on Thursday from 7.30pm at the Portland Arts Centre on the corner of Bentinck and Glenelg St.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.