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Re: PFIT

PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:39 am
by gpigeon
There has been a lot of publicity lately about the end of the PFIT (NSW) in Dec this year. No answers from anyone yet? Who is likely to give the answers anyway? State govt's. or suppliers??
I have a 10kW PV system on a farm shed and only use a few kWh's per quarter so I will leave the meters as is and collect the 60c for as long as I can. After that???? I intend to move half the system to a new house next year.
What I don't understand is why the suppliers, Origin, etc. wouldn't pay the Solar PV producers at least the same as they buy the power from the generators for? According to wiki, etc. this would be in the vicinity of 6-10c per kWh. There could also be "network" savings because some of the power requirements would be generated locally and thus not have to transmitted long distances. If they are not going to pay me anything I will just disconnect the whole PV system. Then, neither of us will get anything!

Re: PFIT

PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:02 pm
by davidg
gpigeon wrote:If they are not going to pay me anything I will just disconnect the whole PV system. Then, neither of us will get anything!

Exactly what there hoping you and lots of others will do to keep the old model alive and well.

You should think smarter, maybe seriously retro fitting storage while it may or may not have ROI overtime at least it will mainly be your power your using and you get to take control over when you buy power if you require to at all. #just saying

Re: PFIT

PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:24 am
by Tracker
davidg wrote:You should think smarter, maybe seriously retro fitting storage while it may or may not have ROI overtime at least it will mainly be your power your using and you get to take control over when you buy power if you require to at all. #just saying


But as far as ROI is concerned, maintaining grid connection still leaves you paying the Service-Charges, and there seems to be a push by retailers, to raise these charges UP so that even if you use NO power, the retailer covers their profit needs..
I can't help thinking that if it's you plan to provide self sufficiency, then that should be it..
just go, and put up with the consequences, which might be generator use and restricted power on odd occasions..

You could logically be prepared for a transition period of maintained connection, eg. Over the first winter..

That is what I hope for.. switch off in January, and disconnect in the spring of 2017... :idea:

The biggest issue for such a move, is the concern, that as you age, the dramas of maintaining your off grid capacity becomes more of a physical burden and eventually, the cost of having to bring in others, to maintain what YOU started, could be the real kill-joy..

It's like my making the rational move of disconnecting the town gas, and fussing with bottles.. It is working VERY well, but they are very heavy, and I do worrie for what would happen, if I fell under a bus, and the bride was left with those bottles.. So too, with going off-grid.. Could the bride cope with all that technology . :cry:
That is the other side of a grand ideal..

Re: PFIT

PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:37 am
by australsolarier
what about when you sell the house?
in my case i probably would have to write a 200 page manual.

Re: PFIT

PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:00 pm
by jules
Tracker, in many places you can hire a large [approx 200 litre I'd guess] cylinder that is filled by a truck that does the rounds. It's the sort of thing used by restaurants and so on, so they're quite common. I haven't compared the cost of doing that with the cylinders you're using but it would be a viable option when lugging the current cylinders around gets challenging.

It'll be interesting to hear how you go with the offgrid project, if you're willing to share. I'm sure there'll be many people going that way.

Jules