So­lar re­bate axed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­bate on so­lar hot water sys­tems was axed overnight last week, leav­ing many house­holds in the cold. The re­new­able en­ergy bonus scheme gave a $1000 re­bate for so­lar hot water and $600 for a hot water pump as part of the 2010 stim­u­lus plan and was sup­posed to end my the mid­dle of the year. The sud­den can­cel­la­tion has left many house­holds re­con­sid­er­ing their op­tions and costs and has left more than just the so­lar in­dus­try in the lurch. Plumbers in the Dou­glas re­gion have been af­fected by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s sud­den change of heart in­clud­ing Cyril “Brownie” Brown of Brown­ies Plumb­ing and Gas. “It has an ef­fect on all plumbers be­cause we do the in­stal­la­tion,” he said. “A lot of peo­ple rely heav­ily on the sub­sidy and if $1000 is taken off they can’t do it.” Any­one who has al­ready paid a de­posit or the full amount for a so­lar hot water sys­tem are still el­i­gi­ble for the re­bate but have to ap­ply be­fore June.

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