Solar feed-in tariffs

Australia’s state-based feed-in tariffs credit you for feeding any excess power you produce back into the grid.

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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

Since 1 January 2013, there are no longer any distributor funded feed-in tariff schemes for new applicants in Victoria. However, as an energy retailer, we’re offering a retailer funded Victorian Feed-in Tariff of 8 cents per kilowatt hour for eligible customers.
 
Who is eligible for which tariffs?
 
If you’re an existing solar customer, currently on one of the Victorian Feed-in Tariff schemes, you’ll continue to receive solar credits under either the; Premium, Transitional or Standard Feed-in Tariffs.
 
Premium Feed-in Tariff (now closed to new applicants)
 
This scheme started in late 2009 and offered eligible households, businesses and community organisations with small solar systems of five kilowatts or less a credit of at least 60 cents per kilowatt hour for excess electricity fed back into the grid.
 
More than 80,000 Victorian households, small businesses and community groups are now benefiting from the Premium Feed-in Tariff.
 
Existing solar customers that are on the Premium Feed-in Tariff will continue to receive credits until 2024. Any current Premium Feed-in Tariff customers who install additional solar panels will no longer be eligible for the Premium Feed-in Tariff.
 
The Transitional Feed-in Tariff (now closed to new applicants)
 
The Transitional Feed-in Tariff offers eligible properties with small solar photovoltaic (PV) systems of five kilowatts or less a minimum credit of 25 cents per kilowatt hour for excess electricity fed back into the grid.
 
This scheme was available from 1 January 2012, replacing the Premium Feed-in Tariff, which reached its capacity. The Transitional Feed-in Tariff scheme is intended to have a capacity cap of 75 megawatts of installed solar systems across the state and provide eligible signed-up solar customers with guaranteed credits until the end of 2016.
 
Existing solar customers that are on the Transitional Feed-in Tariff will continue to receive credits until 2017. Any current Transitional Feed-in Tariff customers who install additional solar panels will no longer be eligible for the Premium Feed-in Tariff.
 
Standard Feed-in Tariff (now closed to new applicants)
 
The Standard Feed-in Tariff is designed to provide customers with a ‘fair and reasonable’ rate for any electricity fed back into the state’s electricity grid. This means you’re credited for the electricity you feed back into the grid at the same rate you buy electricity on your energy plan.
 
Victorian Feed-in Tariff
 
EnergyAustralia offers new Victorian solar customers 8 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity fed into the grid from qualifying electricity generators, which will be reviewed annually by the Essential Services Commission.
 
Who is eligible for this tariff?
 
This tariff is available to households, community organisations and small businesses that have a small renewable energy generator connected to the distribution system.
 
A small renewable energy generator will have a capacity of less than 100 kilowatts and can be:
  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Hydro
  • Bio-mass
  • Any other renewable energy generator of a class that is approved under the Electricity Industry Act 2000
Your property must have bi-directional metering in place that measures two-way electricity flows and records them at regular intervals.
 
For more information on Victorian Feed-in Tariffs go to the Department of Primary Industries Victorian Feed-in Tariffs web page or contact us.
 

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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.

The overall scheme started on 1 January 2010 and operates until 31 December 2016.

For more details, visit the NSW Government Solar Bonus Scheme website or contact us.

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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.

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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.

For eligibility criteria and more detailed information visit the Queensland Government Solar Bonus Scheme website or contact us.

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