Trust the greed of the trade unions.

Accidentally doing a good turn for once.

In Queensland, a rule from left field, or more specifically from the Electrical Trades Union, means that no one is too sure when the next solar farm might begin construction. The new rules introduced this week by the Queensland Labor government, at the urging of the ETU, mean that only licensed electricians can do much of the installation work, and it has stunned the industry.

Developers and the clean energy industry describe the new rules as a joke and a farce. Even the Master Electricians say it is impractical and should be dumped.

It is generally agreed that the new rules will bring new investment to a halt, cause delays (because it will be so hard to find that many electricians willing to do manual labour), and increase costs. Some installers that specialise in large scale rooftop installations fear that business will dry up altother.

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10 Responses to Trust the greed of the trade unions.

  1. Percy Popinjay

    Some installers that specialise in large scale rooftop installations fear that business will dry up altogether.

    Excellent.

  2. Ben

    There are genuine concerns resulting in the crackdown, sides effect will be a slow down in solar farm construction. Definitely a reprieve for the QLD grid that doesn’t need any generation capacity for years yet.

    This coincides with the NEM marginal loss factor adjustments, additional system strength requirements and lower LGC price that is putting the brakes on wind and solar farm development.

    What a shame…!

    https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/forms-and-resources/newsletter/esafe-newsletters/esafe-editions/esafe-electrical/2019-bulletins/electrical-safety-on-solar-farms

    https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/laws-and-compliance/electrical-safety-laws/laws-and-legislation/electrical-safety-solar-farms-amendment-regulation-2019

  3. Eyrie

    BBBBut what about Palletofshit’s 50% ruinables pledge?

  4. Dr Fred Lenin

    I often wondered when the corrupt union thugs would wake up to the fact that gangrene “energy “ will destroy many thousands of jobs thus cutting down the union fees that they loot like williamson etc,etc,etc.
    Looks like the penny is dropping this could cause a split in the alp ,with the union party financiers expelling the gangrene communist infiltrators . This is likely if shorten gets in in an brings in the green doom of energy poverty The wukkas only need warm beer at the pub because of brownouts ,and go home to no footy on tv shit , we are not gonna stand for thatmaates .
    Be good to see ,the Union party ,and the Gangrene Labor Pretenders Party.

  5. RobK

    mean that only licensed electricians can do much of the installation work, and it has stunned the industry.
    It should have been ever thus.
    Even Standards Australia has been pityful in design standards over the years, overly accommodating.

  6. 2dogs

    This is the sort of thing that always gets left out of engineering estimates showing that renewables are cheaper.

    Corruption is a real economic cost, on any solution put forward.

    Unless your technical solution has a guaranteed fix for that problem (doubtful), it needs to be factored in.

  7. Ian of Brisbane

    It took a union to end the Queensland global warming inanity!

  8. Penguinite

    Sincerely hope the last sentence in para 3 comes to fruition!

  9. Dr Fred Lenin

    Now the ETU is the first real opposition the carpetbaggers have struck ,the liberals have joined the gang , but the commos of the union bosses can see their future threatened when there is no reliable power and over half their nembers are unemployed . This dreadfull disease could spread through the union movement looking down the barrell of mass unemployment,that would spoil the gangrenes clever plan ,after all lots of gangrenes are employed by governments and are unsackable.

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