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Solar Panel Storms

Tuesday 13th August / presented by Andy Snelling

No greenhouse gases, infinite free energy with the benefit of saving the environment, and avoiding the unpredictable politics of fossil fuel markets.

What's not to love about solar power?

For many, it's the hefty setup cost, which the government had promised to soften with a feed-in tariff lasting ten years.

Many families made the decision to go ahead and install the costly panels knowing they would receive 40 cents back per kilowatt, a promise they received in writing from the state government.

A couple of days ago. 75,000 households were sent reeling and homeowners seething after the government decided to cut the tariff by half in order to save $51 million dollars.

But premier Colin Barnett reversed the decision on the 12th of August, 2013, saying it was the wrong call and that he's fixing it.

Labor leader Mark McGowan says 'it's a backflip' as he joined Andy in the studio.

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