Riddells Creek Sustainability Newsletter

13 April 2009

Riddells Creek 2 Solar Neighbourhood CLOSED

Filed under: Sustainability — Lyn H. @ 10:29 pm

The Riddells Creek 2 Solar Neighbourhood is now closed.  We are unable to take any more people due to the timeframe of getting inspections, approvals and installations done.  The government rebate of $8000 closes in July this year and will be replaced by a solar credit scheme, which will be less of an incentive, but will not be means tested.  Anyone who did not take up  the solar neighbourhood offer because their combined household income is more than $100,00 a year, will be able to take advantage of the new scheme. 

Currently the last few installations of Riddells Creek 1 Solar Neighbourhood are being finished.  The inspections for the second neighbourhood are being finalised, and participants are encouraged to make haste in dealing with their paperwork.

Victorian Government Feed- in Tariff

Filed under: Sustainability — Lyn H. @ 9:33 pm

An article in the Age recently stated that: the Victorian Governments has undermined its own solar power policy, releasing expert advice that finds its proposed laws will do little to encourage households to install rooftop panels. The analysis by consultants McLennan Magasanik Associates found the Government’s plan to pay a premium subsidy for home-generated electricity fed into the power grid would fail as an incentive, barely cutting greenhouse emissions over the next 15 years.

By contrast the report went on to say that with a generous gross feed-in tariff up to 60,000 homes would install solar panels and that this would only cost the average consumer $8 per year, rather than the $100 quoted by Peter Batchelor. See ways to improve the legislation on:

http://www.envict.org.au/file/Legislation%20MP’s%20amendments%20briefing%20-%20Final(1).pdf

Let your local Member of Parliament know what you think.  Write to  joanne.duncan@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

2 April 2009

Galenia pubescens – Carpetweed

Filed under: Sustainability — Reilly @ 2:58 pm

An open-contribution map has been set-up for monitoring the spread of carpetweed in Riddells Creek and aiding weed-control efforts.

Please visit:
Carpet Weed Sightings Map

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