This blog has been written to provide an analysis of how Australia became the world leader in the percentage of households installing small-scale PV (<100kW). It will introduce the initial policies that were put in place at the national and state level which were intended to capture Australia’s solar resource to help reduce the country’s emissions. The blog will discuss other unrelated events happening at the same time which culminated in higher than expected adoption rates. It will also comment on how high prices, confusing tariff structures and poor customer service has made energy companies unpopular with their customers. The blog describes the policy responses to the various events. It is the intention of this blog to show why it is essential to allow for adaptability in policy design and regulation to enable coordination of rapid change.
IGov 25th July 2018 read more »