Shed light on solar cost
I RECEIVED a pamphlet from the Hon. Coralee O’Rourke MP the other day telling me how she will work miracles so we can all enjoy prosperity and have a better place to live. Not once did she mention the deficit that hangs over every Queenslander’s head like the sword of Damocles.
Labor has always been for the environment, so they say. Encouraging householders to take up solar energy for domestic use may be seen as a positive move to sustainability. However, if a commercial enterprise begins to suffer a loss of demand then it may raise its retail price or reduce its cost of production or sell off its infrastructure. Of course, the business may fail and then go into liquidation and vanish.
I never really saw the benefit of solar power for the punter because in the long run it’s counterproductive to government- owned and run public utilities which are only there for the suckers. However, there is a fundament principle of Australian politics that goes like this, on the election of a Labor government it will give away the treasures of the country for a song, for example: CBA shares at $ 10, free tertiary education, a floor price in the sale of wool and, of course, domestic solar energy and pink batts. All these freebies eventually turn out to be a drain on the budget and ultimately need to be reversed or abolished.
Ergon and its mates were al- ready going down the drain before they were loaded up with government fiscal debt and to overcome this loss of demand through solar, they invented the term “reduced uptake” which prevents your solar being fed into the grid. It’s all ko- sher, scientifically justified. Reduced demand cannot be offset by disposing of infrastructure, it must be maintained for the deadbeats who never took up solar, nor by reducing the cost of production, because public servants must be kept at any cost.
The upshot is that domestic solar energy is good in theory, like all Labor ideas, but bad in practice. As the supplier, a government utility must stay online for the deadbeats and the public servants. Green technology can only work in a capitalist economy. Added to this strain on Ergon comes this additional burden of the budget deficit.
In the real world Ergon would file for bankruptcy. The government won’t agree to that so it will stagger on like a banana republic, regular outages, reduced take up of solar input, industrial disputes and ever higher prices for retail electricity.
The knockout blow will come when the filthy rich start buying storage batteries and disconnect from the grid. Ergon will then become a debt- ridden charity for deadbeats who can’t afford solar and public servants.
CELL- OUT: Solar is good in theory but bad in practice, says one reader.