a solar panel on every roof wrote:
Yep, ABC buried the real story behind their farce of higher bills and such.
At the heart of the debate is this - Australia has almost two million solar panels delivering extra voltage to the grid. The poles and wires companies say therefore solar is responsible for boosting voltage on a broad scale, but the underlying problem is the networks are already delivering voltage that is at the top end of the range, regardless of solar and that is an expensive problem to fix.
LIZ HOBDAY: There's one area where higher voltages are causing major headaches, and that's solar power.
PAUL RYAN: It's turned out to be a bit of an white elephant in a sense. It cost me an arm and a leg to set up this system and it's not performing.
LIZ HOBDAY: Pensioner Paul Ryan installed solar panels more than a year ago but for much of the time the voltage on the grid near Paul Ryan's house runs too high, and that forces his solar system to shut down to protect itself.
That's a common problem with home solar.
PAUL RYAN: So the red light indicates that it is cutting in and out and we're in full continuous sunlight.
LIZ HOBDAY: So for those periods where the graph has just dropped out, does that mean your solar is not producing anything for that period of time?
PAUL RYAN: That's right. It's obviously going to be collecting the energy from the sun, but it must just be dumping it.
LIZ HOBDAY: His energy network says too many rooftop solar systems in the area are to blame.
ANDREW DILLON: Voltage issues are a reality of having a growing amount of solar, two million installations across the country injecting back into the middle of the grid, in particular on sunny days.