Solar feed-in tariffs
Australia’s state-based feed-in tariffs credit you for feeding any excess power you produce back into the grid.
How do feed-in tariffs work?
When an eligible solar power system generates electricity, it may earn you extra credits on your electricity bill. Most state governments have specific feed-in tariff schemes that determine the rate you’re paid.
Credits also depend on the size of your solar power system and if you have a bi-directional meter. Depending on which solar scheme applies, EnergyAustralia may even pay you an additional amount on top of the government feed in tariff.
You can maximise your solar bonus by improving the energy efficiency of your home, meaning you export more electricity into the grid.
Rewards by state
Victoria’s Feed-in Tariffs
- Any other renewable energy generator of a class that is approved under the Electricity Industry Act 2000
New South Wales’ Feed-in Tariff
If your generator was not connected to the New South Wales electricity network by 30 June 2012, you will not be eligible for Solar Bonus Scheme tariff payments.
The Solar Bonus Scheme provides a feed-in tariff for eligible customers with small solar or wind generators connected to the grid.
As of 1 July 2013, energy retailers must contribute a minimum of 6.6 cents per kilowatt hour towards the 60 cent and 20 cent NSW Solar Bonus Schemes.
It is possible to connect a renewable energy generator to the grid without participating in the Solar Bonus Scheme.
EnergyAustralia currently provides a retailer-funded feed-in tariff to customers who aren’t participating in the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme and who have a system with an inverter rated at less than 10 kilowatts in size.
The overall scheme started on 1 January 2010 and operates until 31 December 2016.
South Australia’s Feed-in Tariff
If you receive approval to connect your solar PV system before 30 September 2013, you’ll receive 16 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity you export into the grid, once connected. You’ll be entitled to this rate until 30 September 2016.
All South Australian customers who are eligible for the solar feed-in scheme will also receive an additional payment from their electricity retailer. This payment amount has been decided by the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) and is to be paid in addition to the feed-in tariff rate, to reflect the fair and reasonable value of fed-in electricity to the retailer.
Currently, retailers have to pay a minimum of 9.8 cents per kilowatt hour for any surplus electricity fed back into the grid. The credit amount will be revised again on 31 December 2013.
Visit the South Australian Government website for more details on the state’s solar scheme or contact us. For other enquiries about South Australia’s solar feed-in scheme contact the Energy Advisory Service.
Queensland’s Feed-in Tariff
The Queensland Government Solar Bonus Scheme pays eligible households and other small customers for the surplus electricity generated from solar PV systems, which is exported into the electricity grid.
Customers participating in the Queensland Government Solar Bonus Scheme will be paid eight cents per kilowatt hour for surplus electricity fed into the grid. The eight-cent tariff will be reviewed by 1 July 2013 and its availability will end on 1 July 2014.
If you’re an EnergyAustralia customer, you may be eligible for an additional retailer contribution per kilowatt hour for excess electricity fed back into the grid. Contact us to find out if you qualify.
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