SOLAR power advocates will argue to increase the feed-in tariff set by the economic regulator.
The independent regulator yesterday proposed an 8.3 per kilowatt hour tariff for solar panel and renewable generators feeding back into the grid, to take effect from January 1.
That is a minor increase from the government's transition rate of 8 per kilowatt hour, for new renewable generation systems, and the previous ``premium'' rate of 28 per kilowatt hour given to early adopters.
Save Our Solar, which claims 3000 members in support of higher feed-in tariffs, says the new proposed rate isn't enough to sustain the industry and they will seek to have it increased.
``We're very keen to work with the regulator and working on our arguments,'' spokesman Mark Van Dongen said.
``If the feed-in tariff is set around 8, there is a 20 per cent marking that someone is marking somewhere.''
The government has previously argued that sustaining the generous 28 feed-in tariff, which has been guaranteed for five years, was imposing too high a cost which was passed on to other power consumers.
Mr Van Dongen, who also works as a solar panel retailer, said while he agreed it was unfair for regular users to subsidise solar panel owners, the proposed rate would mean solar panel owners would subsidise the overall system.
Tasmanians can submit feedback on the proposed price to the economic regulator by October 2 before a final determination on October 31.