Solar's irresistible political spell

The popularity of solar crosses the political divide. Those that install solar are often in marginal seats and seats safely held by the Coalition. While in the inner city, people might not install it, but they definitely vote for it.

I’ve always been absolutely amazed by what politicians have been willing to do in order to support solar PV. While other renewable energy technologies have had to battle it out with the support of just a single Renewable Energy Certificate worth somewhere around $30 to $50 per megawatt-hour of electricity; solar PV managed to get these renewable energy certificates, plus at one time or another:

-- A rebate of between $4000 to $8000 per kilowatt, which if used to fund a commercial scale wind turbine would give you between $1,500 to $5,500 in spare change and about twice the amount of electricity as you’d get from solar panels;

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