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Australian Climate Madness

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Solar panel rebates costing $150m in 16 months

Token Gesture Alert: Krudd and Co have been handing out grants of $8000 to householders to install solar panels on their roofs. And the scheme has swallowed the $150m budget for three years in less than half that time.

Solar power is inefficient and expensive to install, and the kind of systems available for private homes produce pitifully little power - on average about 1kW, which is less than half of what is required to boil a kettle - and only that for a few hours in the middle of the day, if it's not cloudy. You can run the lights or the fridge, but not both. But nobody in government cares about the reality of this, because it makes us feel like we're saving the planet.

Read it here.

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