We are being forced into Grid Defection.

Forced into Grid Defection

AGL has just increased its daily electricity supply (connection) charge by 66.1%


What ???

The supply charge is something you cannot counter by frugal use of electricity or installing Solar, it is a fixed charge. 

At the same time the cost per kWh has risen by (just?) 4.8%.

What justifies this astronomical 66.1% increase in Supply Charges?  AGL responded to my questions with “the increases have been approved by the ACCC”.

Should this trend continue, we will soon be paying more for being connected to the Grid then the power we use. 

This has significant and ominous implications for existing and prospective Grid Connected Solar System owners and the long term recovery of their solar investment.

The trend will force owners to consider off-grid strategies, escalating the growing trend of “Grid Defection”, where owners install Hybrid Solar, Wind & Battery systems and disconnect the Grid.

While some say this is some years off, it appears power companies are making moves NOW that force the issue.

Let’s put a 66.1% per year supply charge rise into perspective.  If repeated until 2020:

Year Daily Yearly
2013 $0.55 $201.59
2014 $0.92 $334.64
2015 $1.52 $555.51
2016 $2.53 $922.15
2017 $4.19 $1,530.76
2018 $6.96 $2,541.07
2019 $11.56 $4,218.17
2020 $19.18 $7,002.17

These are very important matters affecting our Energy Future.

We are holding Clean Energy Seminars bringing you solar & hybrid information, options and strategies.


World Circumnavigation by Solar Powered Plane – first flights


Solar Impulse Takes to the air.


With each of their great “firsts”, the adventurers of the last century constantly pushed back the limits of the impossible. Today, the drive to make new discoveries must go on, with the aim of improving the quality of life on our planet.

By writing the next pages in aviation history with solar energy, and voyaging around the world without fuel or pollution, Solar Impulse’s ambition is for the world of exploration and innovation to contribute to the cause of renewable energies, to demonstrate the importance of clean technologies for sustainable development; and to place dreams and emotions back at the heart of scientific adventure. 

By going beyond the question of energy, Solar Impulse would also like to encourage each and every one of us to become pioneers in our own lives, in our ways of thinking and behaving. 

Sunship 1 Designed and build by. Wolfgang Flatow

World Circumnavigation by Solar Powered Ship


Planet Solar in Brisbane, half way around the World on the World Circumnavigation.

Planet Solar in Brisbane


The initial objective of the PlanetSolar adventure was to demonstrate, through the success of the first world tour completed using exclusively solar energy, that today, we have the resources, the knowledge and technologies required to reduce our dependence on fossil energy.

From the conceptualisation of the project, the principal investor and owner of the boat Immo Stoeher wanted, after completing her world tour, to give the vessel a second “useful” life.

Since the success of the world tour, PlanetSolar has put this vision into practice and now operates the solar vessel for practical purposes. As both a communication, scientific or even educational platform, the vessel is now moving beyond her role as mobile ambassador for photovoltaic energy and is becoming a multifunctional tool just like the “Swiss army knife”!



Wolfgang Flatow and Raphael Domjan.