THE state government faced the prospect of a class action if it refused to permit the solar bonus scheme to continue as originally promised, the industry’s peak physique warned final evening.

On Friday the government mentioned it would cut the feed-in tariff from 60? for each kilowatt hour of solar power generated to 40? for current subscribers, and to 20? for those signed up but nevertheless to have solar panels installed.

Australian Solar Energy Society chief executive John Grimes confirmed it would contemplate legal action on behalf with the 120,000 NSW residents caught out by the selection to ditch the scheme.

“Our initial objective would be to get this stopped politically,” he mentioned.

“If it was brought into law then I definitely think there could be a legal situation to answer and we would search at it [a class action] really closely.

“This puts at threat commercial contracts that anybody holds with all the NSW government.”
The Newcastle Herald’s
web site was inundated by angry and disillusioned Hunter residents who invested heavily inside the scheme on the basis of receiving 60? a kilowatt hour generated.

“I comprehend cutting the plan for new entrants but retrospective legislation following we were guaranteed 60? feed-in for 5 years is entirely unethical,” one wrote.

Lambton resident Justin Davis and his wife Kylie, who spent $6000 final year on ten solar panels, mentioned they were considering taking legal action against the government.