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Solar Feed in tarrif

State Solar Feed-In Tariffs

State and Territory governments across Australia have adopted different approaches to what is normally referred to as a Solar Feed-In Tariff, sometimes known as a Solar Bonus Scheme or Solar buy-back scheme.

Solar Feed-in Tariffs are a payment for the clean energy that your solar panels feed back into the grid. There have been many changes to feed-in tariff legislation in all States and Territories over the past few years. (For an overview of the current incentives offered see our summary table below.)

Although the premium tariffs are no longer in place, homeowners can take advantage of low solar PV system prices. Increasing electricity costs are now the main reason to invest in a solar PV system, as it offers home owners a real means of taking control of their energy bills.

Available Feed-In Tariff schemes

The Solar Feed-in Tariff schemes that are currently available in Australia are all ‘net’ schemes. A net Feed-in Tariff rewards you for each unit of solar power that you have exported to the electrical grid.
The following table summarises the current status of Solar Feed-In Tariffs and Solar Buyback schemes across the states and territories of Australia – it is relevant for households thinking about going solar today.

 

State Current scheme(s) Max Size Rate Paid Program Duration Further info
VIC A mandatory of minimum of 5c/kWh is in place until 30 June 2017, at which point it will be increased to 11.3c/kWh Less than 100kW Depends on retailer: Currently ~6-10¢/kWh No set end-date Energy Made Easy(Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)
SA No mandatory minimum; rates based on retailer competition First 45kWh per day Depends on retailer: Currently ~6-12c/kWh No set end-date Energy Made Easy(Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)
ACT No mandatory feed-in tariff minimum contribution from retailer n/a Depends on retailer: Currently ~6-8c/kWh No set end-date
TAS Rate set by local utility, Aurora Energy 10kW (single phase), 30kW (three phase) ~7¢/kWh No set end-date Office of the Economic Regulator – Feed-in Tariffs
 

NT

Solar Buyback scheme through PowerWater Systems up to 4.5kW can be connected without inspection, buyback for systems over 30kVA will be calculated upon application Domestic buyback rate set by PowerWater No set end-date PowerWater: Photovoltaic (PV) solar systems
WA 2 Solar Buyback Schemes in place Residential: Up to 5kW on Synergy grid (Southwestern region)

Commercial: No size limit (Southwestern Region)

Residential: Size limit varies by location on Horizon grid (Northwestern region)

Varied rates for Horizon customers

Synergy residential customers: ~6-9c/kWh

Synergy not-for-profit, and educational organisation customers: Generous rates available

No set end-date
QLD No minimum feed-in tariff rate for residential customers in southeastern Qld (rates depend on retailer competition)

Mandatory minimum of ~6-8¢/kWh for regional Qld customers (determined annually)

5kW  

Mandatory minimum of ~6-8¢/kWh in regional Qld (reviewed annually)

 

 

No set end-date Energy Made Easy(Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)

 

NSW No mandatory feed-in tariff rate; electricity retailers set rates on voluntary basis Depends on retailer Depends on retailer: Currently ~6-12c/kWh No set end-date Energy Made Easy(Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)