Solar for Business: LGC threshold to remain at 100 kw

Posted 9 December 2014 by Carly, in General

The Clean Energy Council released in its e-bulletin today, that the Government confirms Large-Scale Generation Certificates (LGC) threshold to remain at 100 kilowatts.

As reported in Climate Spectator, Environment Minister Greg Hunt has gone on the record to confirm that: "Solar up to 100 kW is proposed to stay in the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) due to the red tape that would be involved if it moved into the LRET".

For a typical small business owner buying a 30 kW solar PV system, reducing the LGC threshold would have created additional costs and a red tape burden estimated at more than $10,000.

This shows that the government has recognised the burden that lowering the LGC threshold would have placed on small businesses.

Small businesses can gain a considerable benefit from solar.

They pay high tariffs for electricity and have little ability to negotiate this down due to relatively low usage. Solar PV helps them reduce their electricity bill significantly and allows them to take control just like average Australian households.