The Australian Solar Power Society (AuSES) and Solar Power Industries Association (SEIA) have announced a series of rallies in New South Wales to protest what AuSES says are government “plans to destroy NSW’s solar sector and renege on contracts to present 120,000 solar customers using the 60c feed-in-tariff they relied on.”

The rallies, to happen throughout the state, seek to call for a fair price tag to be paid to solar power system owners for surplus electricity generated by their rooftop solar arrays exported towards the mains grid; and to make sure the sustainability and continuing viability in the state’s solar sector.

The series of actions will culminate inside a major rally in Sydney on June 14. “People energy will close down Macquarie Street”, says a statement from AuSES. “Show your assistance for the families who invested in great faith, the pensioners who will struggle financially if this proposed legislation succeeds, the corporations that may possibly need to lay off workers as well as a clean power long term.”

‘Save Solar’ rally locations and particulars:NEWCASTLE: 11:30am Monday 6 June – Outside the Office of Timothy Owen MP
– 26 Bolton Street, Newcastle
– Organiser: Chanti Richardson
– rallynewcastle@seia.org.au

QUEANBEYAN: 11:30am Tuesday 7 June – Outside the Workplace of John Barilaro MP
– 110 – 112 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan
– Organiser: Phil May possibly
– rallyqueanbeyan@seia.org.au

NOWRA: 11:30am Tuesday 7 June – Outside the Workplace of Shelley Hancock MP
– Ground Floor, eight Berry Street, Nowra
– Organiser: Cathy Gorman
– rallynowra@seia.org.au

GOSFORD: 11:30am Wednesday 8 June – Outside the Office of Chris Hartcher MP
– Shop 3, Fountain Plaza, 148 – 158 The Entrance Road, Erina
– Organiser: Ged McCarthy
– rallycentralcoast@seia.org.au

TAMWORTH: 11:30am Thursday 9 June – Outside the Office of Andrew Fraser MP
– Ground Floor, 13 Fitzroy Street, Tamworth
– Organiser: Geoff Bragg
– rallytamworth@seia.org.au

PORT MACQUARIE: 11:30am Thursday 9 June – Outside the Workplace of Leslie Williams MP
– Suite six, 27 Grant Street, Port Macquarie
– Organiser: Ged McCarthy
– rallyportmacquarie@seia.org.au

SYDNEY: 11:30am Tuesday 14 June – Outside NSW State Parliament
– rallysydney@seia.org.au

In mid-May, the NSW Government announced the state’s Solar Bonus Scheme could be permanently closed to new applicants and plans to considerably minimize the rate paid to solar households receiving or eligible for the original 60 cent tariff. The O’Farrell government’s intention to break promises it created not merely sparked outrage outside the Liberal party, but inside it, with one Liberal MP reminding the Premier of a Coalition philosophy: “retrospective legislation to alter contracts is unprecedented and repugnant.”

Those who are unable to attend a rally but nevertheless wish to show their help for solar are encouraged to participate in AuSES’s tie a yellow ribbon for NSW solar campaign and to get in touch with their nearby MP.

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