Today’s revelation that August’s allocation of solar panel rebates under Daniel Andrews’ flawed solar scheme has been exhausted in just hours, is another confirmation that Labor’s election commitment is a shambles.
Labor incompetence is again hurting small business, costing jobs and slowing the roll out of solar in Victoria.
It is simply extraordinary that Labor’s signature solar initiative is causing such damage to a sector it is supposed to assist.
The story of EverSolar, a solar installer based in East Bentleigh, is typical of so many in the industry. Having previously installed over 100 installation units a month, EverSolar has recently been installing panels on customer homes at cost price just to keep the doors open.
EverSolar wasn’t even able to gain a single rebate approval in today’s monthly allocation.
Solar panel business owners and employees rallied on the steps on Parliament last week, where they spoke of closed businesses, the need to significantly downsize staff and their mental health issues.
Shockingly, under the solar panel rebate program, the number of state-wide residential installations has fallen from around 6,000 per month to the rebate cap of 3,333.
Daniel Andrews must immediately act to fix his rebate program that has cost jobs, closed businesses and actually halved the number of panels going up on Victorian houses.
Comments attributable to Ryan Smith, Shadow Minister for Energy & Renewables
“At last week’s rally, men and women who were in tears spoke about seeing their businesses destroyed by this arrogant and uncaring government.”
“Attendees unanimously raised their hands when asked if they would prefer to see the rebate program scrapped. Daniel Andrews has damaged this industry so much that business owners would rather he kept the rebate money and left them alone.”
“If you are an installer who did not get a rebate approval today, Daniel Andrews’ botched program means you may not get a job for the rest of the month.”