So what then, is the point of this policy? It is like targeting cheap butchery deals at vegetarians, a bit of a waste of time and misguided in the extreme. The last I heard we only have one planet capable of supporting us - all 6 billion plus humans - and there are ways of doing it sustainably and that's not how we are going about it at the moment. Unless we get serious about utterly transforming our expectations of how we consume then the generations to come and even our generation are going to experience a planet far more uncomfortable than the discomfort of the few changes we have to make things work.
So why am I even on this topic? Our speed of building (from our application being granted we had 9 months to install) has meant that we're not going to reach our deadline for getting a roof on to have our solar panels installed. And we don't qualify for the rebate on last year's income. So that is an extra $8000 we will have to pay for solar. Is it still worth getting it then? We'll do everything we can to make sure we can get them installed but it makes it a lot easier and takes away money we would have been spending on finishing the house in other areas, so our dream of being in our energy efficient home sooner becomes later. This is the consequence of the government policy. Does it achieve it's objective of encouraging sustainable life on Earth?