Protesters have vowed to fight NSW government alterations to a common solar bonus scheme, threatening legal action if retrospective legislation is passed.

Within the biggest public challenge for the state government because it won power in March, more than 1000 solar business representatives and solar panels owners on Wednesday in Sydney protested against the modifications.

Below the current scheme, about 120,000 households which have installed solar roof panels obtain 60 cents for every kilowatt hour of electrical energy fed back into the grid.
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But NSW Energy Minister Chris Hartcher wants to introduce retrospective legislation to slash that rate to 40 cents – a discount of 33 per cent.

Solar panel owner and 2010 NSW Australian with the Year John Dee said the change would amount to a breach of contract.“We produced a business decision and we based it on a government guarantee,” Mr Dee mentioned.

“The O’Farrell government would like to reach back and tear up these contracts.”

Speaking to an angry crowd waving banners reading “Chris Hartcher equals Tariff snatcher” and “The long term is solar”, Mr Dee stated the transform would hit home owners tough.

“If this goes by means of, we’re going to loose $2,000 that we are able to ill afford to,” he said.

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