The power of the solar voter

Colin Barnett and the WA government have learnt the hard way that you can't play solar voters for fools. With similar lessons in NSW and Queensland, expect retrospective solar hits to be avoided.

Yesterday, the West Australian state government reversed its decision to apply retrospective changes to its feed-in tariff. The WA government realised that its proposal to halve the payment given for excess solar electricity had angered 70,000 voters all in order to save a paltry $51 million.

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