Northern Rivers Echo

Solar households and businesses could receive higher prices for the power they feed-in to the grid, following release of a new draft tariff by IPART.

The benchmark feed-in tariff will more than double, and help customers negotiate a better deal from energy retailers.

IPART’s draft determination of a fair value for solar more than doubles the previous tariff of 5.5 - 7.2 cents per kilowatt hour, proposing an increase to 11.6 - 14.6 c/kWh.

When shopping around customers should consider all aspects of a retailer's offer, including charges, feed-in tariffs, discounts, late payment fees or early exit fees.

The final tariff determination will be issued in June following consultation. View IPART’s draft report at

Great news for farmers as NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean scraps fees for quad bike training.

Farmers who complete the approved training course also receive a free helmet – valued around $120 – for use on their quad bikes. These changes underline a further saving of $230 for NSW farmers.

Farmers should visit for more details. Groups of 6 or more can receive on-farm training.

Households are invited to participate in the NSW Government’s first Great Food Waste Study, which will go fridge to fridge in NSW homes, to paint a clearer picture of the types and amounts of food people waste.

We're asking households to participate in a study to get a better read on how much food they waste every year, so we can develop programs to reduce food waste. To be part of the study, visit:

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

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