From July 1 next year, the solar credits scheme will be scaled back - reducing average rebates to households installing a 1.5 kilowatt system in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide from $6200 to $5000. But the move, announced by the Climate Change Minister in Melbourne, is expected to save householders about $12 next year by lowering the amount of high-cost power that electricity retailers are required to buy under the government's renewable energy target.
Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt said the government had admitted that another of its environment programs was in trouble. Mr Hunt said Mr Combet should have made the announcement at a major solar industry conference in Canberra rather than in Melbourne. "This confirmation of solar chaos demonstrates again a pattern of environmental disaster under Labor. First the solar bubble that burst, then pink batts, then green loans, then the citizens' assembly," Mr Hunt said.