Solar instalations are booming with Boambee entering the Australian Top 20 list.
Solar instalations are booming with Boambee entering the Australian Top 20 list. Trevor Veale

Some solar panel owners spared the cut of Newman's axe

REGIONAL Queenslanders with certain solar panels on their rooftops are to be protected by plans by the state to scrap an eight-cent tariff to homeowners.

From June 30, the payments will be dumped in what Energy Minister Mark McArdle believes will save Queenslanders $110 million on power bills over six years.

However, those drawing power from Ergon - which covers much of the state beyond the south-east - will still earn the payments purportedly thanks to a lack of competition.

Whether that remains at eight cents will be decided by the Queensland Competition Authority.

The government intends to keep a 44-cent feed-in tariff in place, something the Electrical Trades Union believes will cancel out any savings from the changes.



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