There has already been a lot of discussion on feed-in tariffs
on this site. A feed-in tariff is a premium rate paid for electricity produced by a renewable source such as a grid connected rooftop solar system or wind turbine, usually over and above the market rate.
National gross feed in tariff programs have been established around the world, resulting in increased uptake of solar and wind power systems by home owners and businesses. But in Australia feed in tariffs are state-based and vary considerably.
Energy Matters is a retail supplier of renewable energy products such as solar and wind power equipment. The team at Energy Matters instigated the development of FeedInTariff.com.au
, an online petition to get a national, uniform feed in tariff system after repeated calls from industry and customers.
It is essential that businesses and private citizens do their part in generating electricity from renewable resources. There is little doubt that small, disaggregated forms of power generation are a necessary part of the solution, and it is only reasonable that those people who make the significant investment to purchase and install these systems are compensated appropriately. After all, we all benefit from these actions.
If you've had an experience with feed in tariff systems in any part of the world, we'd love to hear about it. Please post your comments below.