David Skelton with the Korora solar collectors which power Coffs Harbour?s first urban solar generation system connected to the
David Skelton with the Korora solar collectors which power Coffs Harbour?s first urban solar generation system connected to the

Country Energy isn?t being fair dinkum



COUNTRY Energy promotes the sale of countrygreen energy, which is energy obtained from renewable resources and which costs consumers on average $1.50 extra each week or $19.50 a quarter.

But Country Energy has just announced that they intend to slash the rate at which they will purchase solar electricity generated from people's roofs.

Bonville's Narelle Swanson felt so strongly about investing for the future, she used her inheritance to buy a grid-connected solar system to power her home.

Ms Swanson could have bought a brand new family-sized car for the same price, but chose to go solar instead. While she hoped to reduce her power bill, she also wanted to do her bit for the environment.

"Climate change is real and we have to invest in the future to counteract it," she said.

"Country Energy is not being truly green and it is not being community minded."

Currently, anyone who has a solar power system with an existing contract to feed electricity back into Country Energy's grid will continue to be paid the same rate at which they usually buy power ? approximately 13 cents per unit (kWhr).

Under Country Energy's new proposal, householders signing new contracts to sell solar power from their solar collectors to Country Energy will be paid just 4.55c per kWh, cutting the rate by about one third.

Country Energy will continue to charge a premium rate of approximately 14.5 cents per unit for countrygreen power.



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