BUSY BUSY BUSY: Evolution Solar's Jamie Miles and Stevan Tilley were busy men on Monday night before the 12am government cut off. Photo Emma Galliott
BUSY BUSY BUSY: Evolution Solar's Jamie Miles and Stevan Tilley were busy men on Monday night before the 12am government cut off. Photo Emma Galliott Emma Galliott

Solar companies' sunny days ahead

LOCAL solar businesses were swamped with last-minute applications for solar energy after the Queensland Government announced it would slash the feed-in tariff rate.

Solar power systems went from 44 cents per kilowatt hour to 8 cents per kilowatt hour on Tuesday at midnight.

Evolution Solar sales manager Stevan Tilley said his team was at the office until 11pm on Monday night processing applications.

"We had a lady running around in another town trying to find a fax machine to send her application, but she missed out," Mr Tilley said.

"We were really busy.

"They (the government) didn't give them enough time."

Mr Tilley said people who had been contemplating installing solar power in their home for 12 months suddenly made the decision to go ahead.

Although business is currently booming for many solar power businesses, Mr Tilley predicts it might be hard for some companies once the boom dies down.

"Since Monday night we've had no inquiries about solar," he said.

"But we don't just do solar power, we also deal with lights, pumps and hot water.

"Renewable energy is what we're about.

"You just gotta act on it," he said

It is not just local solar power businesses feeling the business boom from the recent drop. A spokesman from Ergon Energy said they are working hard to process a large number of applications.

"In the two weeks after the government announced changes to the SBS feed-in tariff, Ergon Energy received 32,778 applications before the deadline at midnight Monday, July 9," he said.

"This compares with the 51,000 applications Ergon Energy received for the entire 2011/12 financial year."

Meanwhile, Ergon Energy's general manager service delivery Paul Jordon said he asked customers and solar industry members to be patient during the process if they are making inquiries or waiting for approval.

"We are pulling in extra resources where required but it takes time for us to ensure all applications are evaluated against technical and safety requirement," he said.

It is estimated solar PV applicants will receive advice on their applications about a month after their application was submitted.

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