Australia: Solar Companies Install Rooftop Panels for Free

Here’s a bright idea: what if, instead of buying solar panels to keep your electricity bills down, solar companies put them on your roof free, allowing you to pay them back with excess energy that you didn’t need? Well, it’s already happening, report Ben Cubby and Peter Hannam at the Sydney Morning Herald. Solar panel installation with no up-front payments, paid off over several years from the money saved out of your power bills, began in Australia almost two years ago. In a few years, it is likely that companies will be competing with each other to pay Australians for the privilege of using their roofs to generate electricity. If that sounds fanciful, bear in mind that a decade ago there were just a few hundred working solar-powered homes in Australia, run mostly at significant personal expense by enthusiasts. By the end of 2012, nearly 1 million solar systems were installed, and the number cruised past 1million earlier this year. Slowly but surely, the renewable energy business model is tilting the balance of power in favor of Australian customers, rather than the big corporations – an idea ripe for the US.

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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