Solar buyback rates for customers on the Synergy grid

Solar power buyback rates for schools & not-for-profits in Perth and surrounds

by Solar Choice Staff on June 18, 2013

in Commercial solar power,State Government solar feed-in tariffs,WA

Generous solar buyback rates are available to not-for-profits, schools, community organisations, and charities who install solar power systems in and around Perth, WA. This article is an overview of the rates currently available to Synergy Energy customers on the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).

The Synergy grid: Perth and Surrounds

Synergy Energy services the southwestern region of Western Australia, stretching from Kalbarri to the north, Albany and Walpole to the south, and Kalgoorlie Boulder to the west. If you are a non-residential customer (not-for-profit, educational, etc) serviced by Synergy, you may be eligible for the solar feed-in tariff rates detailed below.

If you are a new residential solar customer on the Synergy network in WA, you are eligible to receive 8.4c per kilowatt-hour (kWh, or units) for electricity you do not consume yourself. For residential customers, the benefits of going solar in Perth are roughly the same as the benefits of going solar anywhere else on the Synergy grid. Read more about installing solar panels on your home in Perth.

If you are a residential customer who is signed up for WA’s state-sponsored feed-in tariff (now closed to new applicants), you will continue to receive 20c/kWh or 40c/kWh, depending on when you signed up.

Important notes: The upper limit for all solar system sizes to receive a Solar Buyback rate is 5 kilowatts (kW). Commercial enterprises are not eligible for the Solar Buyback rates detailed below.

Synergy Electricity Grid Map

Synergy’s network in WA (image via Synergy)

Solar power buybacks for WA not-for-profits and schools

C1 Tariff

Synergy pays customers Cents per kWh
First 20kWh per day 20.6
20-1650kWh per day 25.3
Over 1650kWh per day 23.06

Solar power buybacks for WA charities that provide residential accommodation

D1 Tariff

Synergy pays customers Cents per kWh
All-time 19.36

Solar power buybacks for WA for not-for profits: L-1 and L-3 tariffs*

L-1 Tariff

Synergy pays customers Cents per kWh
First 1650kWh per day 26.6
Over1650kWh per day 23.3

L-3 Tariff

Synergy pays customers Cents per kWh
First 1650kWh per day 26.6
Over1650kWh per day 23.3

Solar power buybacks: Time-of-use tariffs*

R-1 Tariff

For organisations who would benefit from a time-of-use metering arrangement (Synergy advises: For those who use more than 20% of their electricity during off-peak hours.)

Synergy pays customers Cents per kWh
Peak (M-F 8am-10pm) 27.84
Off-peak (M-F after 10pm, before 8am) 10

R-3 Tariff

For organisations who would benefit from a time-of-use metering arrangement (Synergy advises: For those who use more than 30% of their electricity during off-peak hours.)

Synergy pays customers Cents per kWh
First 1650kWh per day 39.05
Over1650kWh per day 13.46

*Although the L-1 & L-3 and R-1 & R-3 tariffs usually apply to businesses, on occasion not-for-profit organisations may also access them. In the event that a not-for-profit or educational organisation is signed up for the L-1 or L-3 tariff, that organisation will be eligible for the Solar Buyback rates as follow. Commercial enterprises are not eligible for the Solar Buyback Rates listed below.

Let Solar Choice help you find the best solar deal

Solar Choice Commercial has helped hundreds of non-residential clients find the best installation deal for their needs and budget. If you are a commercial enterprise, not-for-profit, or educational/community organisation thinking about going solar, contact Solar Choice by filling out the Commercial Solar Quote Comparison Request form to the right of this page, or call us on 1300 78 72 73.

Further information

For further information about tariff rates for Synergy customers, visit the Synergy ‘Prices & Fees’ page.

© 2013 Solar Choice Pty Ltd

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