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Victoria plugs in to clean energy popularity


Source: Clean Energy Council, 9 March 2016

The Clean Energy Council has welcomed changes that will make it faster and easier for homes with solar panels to connect to the power grid in Victoria.

Clean Energy Council Network Specialist Tom Butler said if implemented, the changes would reduce timeframes for connection for households with small-scale clean energy generators.

“Nationally more than 1.5 million solar power systems have been installed, but frustrations remain for many new customers when dealing with electricity distribution businesses, including long wait times for grid connection,” Mr Butler said.

“The Victorian Government is to be congratulated for introducing a common sense solution which will guarantee a grid connection offer for new solar customers within 10 business days. This would reduce wait times by up to 55 days.

“Along with a dispute resolution process and tighter regulation of terms and conditions, these are the kinds of reforms that are needed to make it easier for customers to take back control of their energy use through new technology such as solar power,” he said.

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio introduced the National Electricity (Victoria) Further Amendment Bill 2015 to Parliament yesterday.