Solar Power | Solar Power To Push Up Electricity Costs
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Solar Power | Solar Power To Push Up Electricity Costs

South Australians will be hit with an eight per cent hike in electricity prices to cover the cost of thousands of homeowners installing solar panels.

A state government scheme paying people with solar power for the electricity they feed back into the grid will be scaled back as of the end of this week.

The rate will be slashed from the current 44 cents a kilowatt hour to about 22 cents.


But those who get in before Friday’s deadline will continue to be paid at the higher rate until 2028.

That has prompted a rush of homeowners installing solar panels, increasing the total cost of the feed-in scheme for the government.

Energy Minister Michael O’Brien told parliament on Wednesday that while he did not have the exact figure available, the increase in electricity prices would be around eight per cent.

Mr O’Brien said the government had initially been concerned that this would result in low-income homeowners, who could not afford solar power, subsidising those who


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