Solar Citizens are concerned about the increasing cost of solar electricity.
Solar Citizens are concerned about the increasing cost of solar electricity. Rob Wright

READER'S VIEW: Stop solar price hikes

SOLAR households across Queensland reported shock as they opened their electricity bills from July 1 and found out they had been slugged up to $428 per year for 'fixed' electricity network charges.

Solar Citizens has experienced an increase in solar users across Queensland reporting that their electricity network costs have escalated, regardless of how much power they use from the grid.

Solar users should not be penalised for embracing the future of energy that the big power companies have failed to invest in. This unfair increase in fixed charges reflects poor planning from the network providers and suggests a cash grab for profits, with consumers left carrying the cost.

To penalise solar owners who are trying to do the right thing just doesn't make sense. So far over 2,500 Queenslanders have signed Solar Citizens' petition calling on the Queensland Government to intervene and stop these price hikes.

All homeowners deserve to be treated fairly. The Queensland Government should work to reverse these unfair network price hikes and never allow it to happen again.

Claire O'Rourke

National Director, Solar Citizens



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