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Which electricity retailer is giving the best Solar Feed-in Tariff?

Solar Electricity Feed-in Tariff by Retailer in each State

by Solar Choice Staff on August 15, 2014

in ACT,Federal Government solar incentives,Installation advice,NSW,NT,QLD,SA,State Government solar feed-in tariffs,TAS,VIC,WA

Feed-in tariffs in Australia: How they’ve changed

Solar feed-in tariffs are arrangements where a solar system owner is paid for the excess solar energy that they send back into the grid. At one point in time, feed-in tariffs were mandatory in every state in Australia, and the rates they offered were quite generous.

Much has changed, however, since we first published this article in 2009. Feed-in tariff incentives are no longer available to new solar customers in almost all of Australia’s states and territories (top end of the Northern Territory is the only exception). Instead, where feed-in tariffs are state-mandated at all, they are in the range of 8¢/kWh–about 1/3 the price of retail electricity purchased from the grid. (Those who signed up for these before the deadlines for the various feed-in tariffs will continue to receive the set rates for the duration of the term of their incentives.)

In many states, compensation for excess solar power by electricity retailers is entirely voluntary, meaning that solar system owners must shop around to find a retailer that offers them a favourable rate–generally in the range of 6-10¢/kWh. Such reimbursement is no longer generally referred to as a feed-in tariff (denoting a scheme that is government-backed), but rather a ‘solar buyback’.

Rooftop solar panelsUntil a couple of years ago, feed-in tariff incentives were virtually the main determinant in the economic viability of going solar in Australia. Since then, however, solar PV system prices have fallen considerably, meaning that an investment in a solar PV system is still worthwhile, but how to best use a system has changed.

When feed-in tariffs were higher than the cost of grid electricity, it made sense for homes & businesses to try to export as much power as possible, as this would maximise savings. These days, the opposite is true: in order to maximise investment in a solar system, the system’s owner would see the most benefit from endeavouring to consume as much of the electricity that they generate as possible. This is because direct consumption of any solar power generated means less electricity that needs to be purchased from the grid (at rates between 20-30¢/kWh, depending on the retailer and region), whereas exporting the power will earn system owners credits on their power bill to the tune of only 8-10¢/kWh.

What is clear is that the bias for ‘self-consumption’ virtually defines the business case for going solar in Australia today. The aim of this article is to help solar shoppers to keep themselves informed about what their excess solar power is worth, so that they can ensure that they are getting the most out of their system.

*This article was originally published on 11 December 2009 and has been updated several times since. It was last updated on 15 August 2014 with information from the Total Environment Centre and government comparator sites.*

Read about solar feed-in tariffs in your state:

NSW - VIC - QLD - SA - WA - ACT - NT - TAS

Types of solar feed-in tariffs: Net and Gross

As you may have heard there are two types of feed in tariffs: Net and Gross.

Net feed in tariff – A net feed-in tariff pays you only for the surplus energy that you feed back into the grid. This type of scheme operates virtually everywhere in Australia now. The power that is not exported to the grid is used by the home, thereby reducing the electricity of the home or business in question through avoided purchase of power from the grid in the first place.

Gross feed in tariff – A gross feed in tariff pays you for every kilowatt hour of electricity your solar cells produce, regardless of how much energy you consume. Generally speaking, gross feed-in tariffs are not offered through electricity retailers these days. The vast majority of feed-in arrangements are net feed-in arrangements.

Form of payment for solar feed-in tariff revenues

The feed in tariffs you earn are by default paid as a credit on your electricity bill, which is usually settled quarterly. So the energy you export to the grid works to decrease your electricity bill. In the case that you’ve exported so much energy that your account goes into surplus, most energy retailers allow you to claim the cash by cheque or EFT on request (check with yours to find out for sure).

All the information here has been collated from information provided EnergyMadeEasy.gov.au and other state government comparator engines. Some energy companies may charge you more for the regular power you consume from the grid when you install solar cells, or charge you an additional fee. Due to the complexity of the energy market these instances can not be fully documented here, but you should check with the retailers in your area if this is the case, and shop around for the best deal.

Is Feed in Tariff income taxable?

Generally speaking, income received to a household from a feed in tariff is not taxable as the system is installed for personal use and not for the sole intention of making a profit. If, however, you are installing the system on a commercial premises then the income from the feed in tariff may be assessed as being taxable.

Will I need to pay GST on Feed in Tariff income?

Households will not need to pay GST on their feed in tariff income as the income will be below $75,000 per year. Businesses, however, will need to do so.

New South Wales

At the moment, there is no mandatory minimum feed-in tariff rate in NSW. Instead, individual electricity retailers assign a value to exported solar power as they see fit. Some retailers offer more than others, and some retailers offer nothing.

Below is a list of the electricity retailers who do offer some compensation for exported solar power. Retailers not listed below do not offer a payment for exported solar. Keep in mind that there may be some additional fees associated with changing electricity meters, depending on the region and network company.

All of the offers listed below can be found using the EnergyMadeEasy.gov.au comparator, which allows electricity & gas customers to easily compare offers from the retailers who operate in their region. Make sure to tick the box for ‘Offers available to solar customers’.

Retailer Tariff payable to new solar customers (¢/kWh)
Diamond Energy
AGL
Energy Australia 5.1¢
Lumo Energy 5.5¢
Powerdirect 7.7¢
Click Energy 10¢
Origin Energy
Red Energy

Victoria

At the moment, the mandatory minimum feed-in tariff rate in Victoria is 8¢/kWh. Some retailers nevertheless offer more than others.

Below is a list of the electricity retailers who offer some compensation for exported solar power over and above the mandatory 8¢/kWh rateRetailers not listed below pay only the mandatory 8¢/kWh. Keep in mind that there may be some additional fees associated with changing electricity meters, depending on the region and network company.

All of the offers listed below can be found using Victoria’s SwitchOn.vic.gov.au comparator, which allows electricity & gas customers to easily compare offers from the retailers who operate in their region. 

Retailer Tariff payable to new solar customers (cents per kWh)
Diamond Energy
Click Energy 10¢

Queensland

At the moment, there is no mandatory minimum feed-in tariff rate for southeastern Queensland (Brisbane area). Instead, individual electricity retailers assign a value to exported solar power as they see fit. Some retailers offer more than others, and some retailers offer nothing.

If you are a resident of regional Queensland, however, the mandatory minimum that you will receive for exported solar power is 6.53¢/kWh.

Below is a list of the electricity retailers in SE QLD who do offer some compensation for exported solar power, and those in regional Queensland who offer something above the mandatory 6.53¢/kWh.

Retailers not listed below do not offer a payment for exported solar, or offer only the minimum. Keep in mind that there may be some additional fees associated with changing electricity meters, depending on the region and network company.

All of the offers listed below can be found using at Comparator.QCA.org.au, which allows electricity & gas customers to easily compare offers from the retailers who operate in their region. 


Retailer Tariff payable to new solar customers (¢/kWh)
Diamond Energy
EnergyAustralia
Click Energy 6-12¢
Lumo Energy
Origin

South Australia

At the moment, the mandatory minimum feed-in tariff rate in South Australia is 6¢/kWh (‘retailer contribution‘). Some retailers nevertheless offer more than others.

Below is a list of the electricity retailers who offer some compensation for exported solar power over and above the mandatory 6¢/kWh rateRetailers not listed below pay only the mandatory 6¢/kWh. Keep in mind that there may be some additional fees associated with changing electricity meters, depending on the region and network company.

All of the offers listed below can be found using the EnergyMadeEasy.gov.au comparator, which allows electricity & gas customers to easily compare offers from the retailers who operate in their region. Make sure to tick the box for ‘Offers available to solar customers’.

Retailer Tariff payable to new solar customers (¢/kWh)
Diamond Energy
AGL
Powerdirect

Western Australia

At the moment, the mandatory minimum feed-in tariff rate for the Perth region of Western Australia (Synergy grid) is about 8.9¢/kWh. There is no retail electricity competition in the state, so all rates are set by the relevant regional utilities in conjunction with their government regulators.

If you are a resident of the regional Horizon Power network, the mandatory minimum that you will receive for exported solar power will depend on where you are. Horizon offers between 10¢/kWh and 50¢/kWh for exported solar power depending on the town and whether local solar capacity quotas have been reached already. A full list of the rates are listed here. Also note that in some areas export control devices may be required for solar system owners.

Retailer Tariff payable to new solar customers 
(¢/kWh)
Horizon Power Depends on suburb
Synergy Energy ~8.9¢

ACT

At the moment, there is no mandatory minimum feed-in tariff rate in the ACT. Instead, individual electricity retailers assign a value to exported solar power as they see fit.

Below is a list of the electricity retailers who do offer some compensation for exported solar power. Retailers not listed below do not offer a payment for exported solar. Keep in mind that there may be some additional fees associated with changing electricity meters–check with your retailer/network company.

All of the offers listed below can be found using the EnergyMadeEasy.gov.au comparator, which allows electricity & gas customers to easily compare offers from the retailers who operate in their region. Make sure to tick the box for ‘Offers available to solar customers’.

Retailer Tariff payable to new solar customers (¢/kWh)
ActewAGL 7.5¢
Origin
Energy Australia 5.1¢

Northern Territory

A solar feed-in tariff rate of 27.13¢/kWh is available through NT utility PowerWater. This rate is tied to the retail price of electricity–i.e. a 1-for-1 feed-in tariff.

Retailer Tariff payable to new solar customers
(¢/kWh)
NT Power and Water Authority 27.13¢

Tasmania

Tasmania’s only electricity utility, Aurora Energy, offers approximately 5.6¢/kWh to new solar customers.

Retailer Tariff payable to new solar customers
(cents per kWh)
Aurora Energy 5.6¢

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daniel December 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm

why does victorian power suppliers pay mor than nsw

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admin January 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

Hi Daniel,

At the moment, based on the information we have, some power suppliers are paying slightly more per kWh in Victoria than they do NSW, however, this may change very soon. The main reason for this is that the NSW scheme has only just come into operation (on the 1st of January 2010) and many of the power providers are still putting their deals together. One could expect that just as in Victoria, Queensland and SA some of the larger electricity providers (like AGL, TruEnergy and Origin) will pay a slight premium on the mandatory feed in tariff rate set by the government (60c in Vic and NSW, 44c in Qld and SA) as they compete to attract these valuable customers.

However, there is something very important to note here. The Victorian, Queensland and SA schemes are NET feed in tariffs (you’re paid for only the excess electricity you feed back into the grid), whilst the NSW scheme is a GROSS feed in tariff (you’re paid for ALL the electricity your cells generate, including what you consume). So for the same system you will be earning several times more in NSW then you would in Victoria or any of the other states. For this reason it’s possible electricity providers may not want to pay a premium in NSW, however, it really doesn’t matter as you’ll be way up in any case.

Kobad Bhavnagri
Solar Energy Consultant
Solar Choice Pty Ltd

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mark January 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm

are the premium rates (vic) inc or ex gst?
agl clearly states 68c ex gst.
origin clearly states 66 inc gst.
red is clearly 66 inc gst/60 ex gst.
the legislation doesnt specify gst in its mandated rates AFAICT.
domestic exported power is credited as ex gst as the retailer pays the gst component I think.
What is the real story?
If the above is correct, then agl is heaps better.

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Richard Tapp February 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

EA has updated their website.

Please update the EA Solar Q&A link in your page to the following:

http://www.energyaustralia.com.au/State/NSW/Residential/Products-and-services/Solar-power/NSW-Solar-Bonus-Scheme-Questions-and-Answers.aspx

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admin March 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Link updated!

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sidney mytton-watson February 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

I am a member of Stayz Holiday rentals and they have suggested that we look at your offer of installing solar panels on our hokiday rental accomodation.
My contact details are 044 898 7968

Perth Western Australia

Thank-you Sidney Mytton-Watson

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Alan Sly October 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi,

just want to clarify on the 28c feed in tariff offered by AGL. I have contacted them and they say that this is a computer error with them paying the old tariff (20c) and the new one (8c) at the same time and they are working to fix this.

Have you heard otherwise?

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admin October 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

Hi Alan,

Thanks for your comment. Just to reconfirm, I called up AGL and spoke to Rob in Customer Resolutions, who said that they have received a number of inquiries about the 28c/kWh rate, and that it is ‘under review’ but is definitely available for new sign-ups, at least for the time being. He wasn’t sure if the generous rate was due to a computer error or not (he seemed doubtful about this).

You’ll notice that AGL is not publicising the 28c/kWh rate anywhere on their web site, and in my experience have only disclosed it when asked directly. When we first heard that AGL was offering this much, we were all a bit taken aback–this is more generous than the new Victorian Feed-in Tariff rate of 25c/kWh.

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James McMennemin June 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Do you have current tariff feed in rates for Victoria. Installing Solar Panels by end of June. I am currently with Energy Australia and they state they are not paying feed in tariff over and above the 25 cents but they are now owned by TRU Energy which does pay 6 cents shown above. It would appear that Red Energy and Diamond are the best deals. Can you please clarify.

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admin September 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Hi James,

Sorry for the delay I’m not sure how we missed you! As you may have heard the current feed-in tariff in Victoria is dropping from 25¢ per KWh to 8¢ per KWh as of 30 September 2012. If you installed your panels by the end of June and have completed all the paperwork you should be receiving the higher rate.

As we deal with the installers we don’t have all the information regarding the incentives offered by different energy providers, I would suggest giving them a call and seeing what they’re willing to offer you. We found this link on the Victorian Governments website which might help you –

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shirley August 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

I am going to install 4.5 kw of solar energy but I cannot understand the different prices of net feed in tarriffs. I am NSW but Vic have such a higher rate.
Please tell me which one is the best, also considering charges for installing the item needed for reading. (which some apparently charge) At present I am with Origin but would like the price of all of them.
Cheers

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admin September 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Hi Shirley,

Thanks for the comment. The differences in the rates can basically be attributed to the difference in the governments’ support for solar power. (The Victorian government has actually just announced that the new FiT there will be only 8c, incidentally.) It all has to do with their mindset and how much they value solar. Those offering 8c or less have basically determined that this is the ‘real’ value of solar to the grid. In NSW, the government just lets the retailers decide.

If you’re installing a system in NSW, the most important thing is to make sure that you’re using as much power it produces as possible while the sun is shining–any power that goes to the grid will earn you only around 8-10c/kWh (depending on your retailer). Compare this to the 20c you could be saving if you used power from your panels instead of purchasing it from the grid.

Recently, the Feed-in Tariff rates were removed from NSW’s MyEnergyOffers website, making it hard to quickly determine which retailer offers the best rate. However, you should know what your’e entitled to when negotiating with your retailer. For 2012-2013, that rate is about 10-13c/kWh.

Best of luck! If you’re looking to compare quotes on systems, please fill out the Quote Comparison request form on our site. Once you do, you’ll receive an instant comparison of the deals on offer from installers from your area. 4.5kW may not be included, but 4kW and 5kW will. Our service is 100% free to our customers.

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Ali November 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I did sign with origin for 60 per KWand I moved to my new house in July 2011 , I had issues with origin and my installer to do paper work , seting up my solar meter took them almost a year to install and now I am only getting 31 cents and I am getting less than 5% rebate for my total bill , it is the worst invetment I did in my life

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Solar Choice November 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hi Ali,

I couldn’t find your details on our database and am assuming you didn’t use our service when getting your system. If the issue was with the installer this is something Solar Choice can help with, but only if you have signed with one of the installers in our network through our Quote Comparison.

With most of the feed in tariff’s there is a deadline for signing with an installer or applying for a specific tariff, and a deadline for installation/grid connection. All of the installers on our network work hard to ensure that our customers are receive the best solar incentives available. We are currently in a position where additional rebates from the Federal Government have been withdrawn, some of the installers on our network will be honouring the additional discount even once installation deadline has passed.

The installation of your meter is the responsibility of the energy provider and you could try taking the matter up with them. Without knowing the full details of your case it is difficult to comment, I would look at the contracts you have with Origin in case there is a loophole that will allow you to apply to have it instated. 31¢ per kWh is still a good rate compared to what customers who are installing today are offered, but understandably disappointing if you did everything to get the 60¢ tariff.

Regarding the 5% rebate on your bill, if you are only reducing your bill by 5% your system may be too small or there may be a problem with your panels. If you not paying for energy and getting 5% back on top of that you’re doing pretty well!

Thanks for your comment, make sure your system is operating as close to the optimum as it can and hopefully you’ll start to see better returns whether they’re feed-in tariffs of a reduction in your energy bill.

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sedat Aykut December 3, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Hi
I`m from NSW Sydney and i dont get it.Igot the solar panel 2.5 kw they install 2 meter one show total usege kw of house otherone show, panels put in to the grids(kw). How AGL charge me total of usage 0.2425 than they pay me back 0.08 cents per kw. That is ripoff why no one stand up for this nonsense,rubbish,otherway of saying i`m selling same item 0.08 cents and buy it back my own item 0.2425 cents newer see business like that in the world but Australia..
Sedat Aykut

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Solar Choice December 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

Hi Sedat,

I can’t see your details on our system so I have to assume you didn’t use Solar Choice when you got your system installed?

If you had gone though us we would have made sure you were aware of the current feed-in tariff situation if you were unsure, in NSW any energy you do not use if fed back to the grid and you are paid 8¢ per kWh. This is because there is no mandatory feed-in tariff in NSW, technically energy retailers do not have to pay you a cent.

The solar industry has been lobbying for some time for a fair tariff but, so far, this has made no difference.

What we recommend for NSW customers is installing a system that closely matches your energy needs, this way you use your solar energy first and only use grid energy after your panels stop producing. We also advise customers that solar PV systems are no longer about making money through Premium tariffs but about off-setting your energy bills.

If you want to get active on this issue I woud recommend writing a letter to your local Government representative and encouraging any other solar PV owners who are not happy with the current tarif to do the same.

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Lynn January 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Hi there,
I’m with AGL in VIC and have solar panels installed since late 2009 and meter installed March 2010 and my contract with AGL is for the Premium FIT which runs until 2024 at 0.68c.

AGL have recently (Aug 2012) told me that my meter has been incorrectly configured and that my rate is to be 0.2599 now.
They are saying this is because the electricty goes direct from my panels to the grid rather than as excess from our house to the grid.

Am currently in discussions etc with them trying to sort this out, but I was not aware and have not seen any reference to this stipulation anywhere.

Do you know if this is right, that you need your meter ‘configured’ in a particular manner? Can they seemingly ignore the contract?

Thanks
Lynn

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Solar Choice January 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

Hi Lynn,

I’ve done some investigating for you, AGL are correct when they advise you that it is only the excess energy your panels produce that should be going back to the grid and your meter should have been configured this way. You can read about it on the Department of Primary Industries website, the link here is to the page with this information.

As you can’t configure the meter yourself we would advise going back to the company who installed your meter, this may not be AGL but you’re installer or their subcontractor. It’s quite a complex issue and we don’t have a firm answer to your question, AGL may be able to move you to the transitional tariff but you should definitely do some more research around this issue, read all the contracts plus terms and conditions in detail. I couldn’t find any information that would allow them to do it but it’s not to say it doesn’t exist.

Let us know what happens in case someone else asks us about this again.

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Lynn January 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Hi again,
Thanks for your help and reply.
AGL have asked for a copy of my contract which they have forwarded to Powercor, as it was Powercor that ‘discovered’ the configuration and notified AGL to change my Feed in Tariff. So waiting for the next contact as a result of that.

AGL installed the solar/smart meter, would it have been configured at that stage by them or by the solar panel installer (Clear Solar)?

Thanks again,
Lynn

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Solar Choice January 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hi Lynn,

I’m not sure what would have happened in this instance, but it would be a little strange for AGL to call on a third party to configure your smart meter. I’ve spoken to our in-house expert, who is a former installer, and it’s a matter of pressing a few buttons. The only instance I can think of where this may have of occurred would be if the smart meter was installed after the solar PV system or if your house already had a smart meter – all new houses have smart meters installed automatically.

Hope that helps in some way

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Lynn January 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Hi there,
So AGL installed the solar meter after the panels were installed, then Powercor notified me that they would be installing a smart meter. I did ring at the time to query this and was told that Powercor would see the solar meter and that would be fine, no need to do anything else.

I wonder now if Powercor did anything to the meter then??

I asked AGL if they could re-configure it correctly at one stage of this ongoing issue and they said it couldn’t be done. But your contact says it’s a matter of pressing a some buttons, so maybe it suits them to say that (said she somewhat cynically)

Haven’t heard back from them yet…
Waiting patiently…mostly…
Lynn

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Bernard Drakeford February 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Hi, I have a queryref the output of my 1.5 kw Solar system installed in Apr/May 2012. It seems never to show 1500 watt output on the EKO 2000 inverter. I saw 1500 watt produced justafter the installation was completed by the Installer. Do I have a fault or is it showing the value over the household consumption value?

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Solar Choice February 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Hi Bernard,

A system operating at its optimum capacity will work at around 90% efficiency, which may explain the 1500 watt display. I’m not familiar with the set up of that particular inverter, if you’re concerned it might be worthwhile contacting your installer who can advise you and arrange to test the inverter if required.

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Lynn February 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

Hi again,
AGL installed my Solar meter (cost $170 truck fee). I believe a Solar meter is the same as a Smart meter?
It was installed after the panels. I was notified later that year by Powecor that I would be having the compulsory Smart Meter installed. I did ring to check and was told that the installer would see my meter and wouldn’t install another one.

Some time after I sent my contract copy the only thing I got from AGL was to send me my bill again including the next payment with a request to pay the November bill straight away. No explanations.
So I told them I was still unsatisfied that the issue has not been resolved and that I would be contacting EWOV, which I have.
I also told them that I would in good faith, pay what I believe to be the correct amount on the overdue account, which I have.

EWOV have requested a higher level of AGL management to contact me by the end of three working days, which is today.

Are you interested in my continuing the progress reports here or is it now not relevant?
Either way many thanks for your feedback so far.
Cheers
Lynn

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Solar Choice February 20, 2013 at 9:24 am

Hi Lynn,

If you get a final decision on your incorrectly set up meter let us know so we can pass this onto other customers.

Hope it all goes your way!

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Lynn April 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Hi there,
I did go through EWOV ulitmately as I wasn’t getting any answer to my questions and no resolution at all just another bill.

The result is that AGL actually neglected to enter my details on the database to say that I was eligible for the PFIT. So they finally agreed they had made the mistake and would compensate me as I now cannot be on a PFIT because that tariff finished around November 2011.

Based on my last 12 months of solar energy my panels generated, the compensation paid the difference between the current rate and the PFIT until 2016. And then as no one knows what the rate will be after that, they paid the whole 0.68c to cover until 2024 when PFIT is supposed to last to.

So nothing to do with configuring my smart meter as I was told at one stage, AFL made a mistake.

So good outcome in the end as far as it goes, except that I had panels installed, apart from the obvious enviromental reasons, but to help with the rising cost of electricity in my dotage.

Thanks for your help and replies and hope no one else has had to go through this ordeal.
Cheers
Lynn

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Cheree August 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Very helpful….thanks.

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Solar Choice Staff August 18, 2014 at 5:38 am

Glad you found this useful, Cheree.

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Jeanne Stern August 18, 2014 at 6:43 am

Hello,
We are about to buy a property in Brisbane that has solar. How do we get the best out of the system now and and who gives the best buy back?
Cheers
Jeanne

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Solar Choice Staff August 19, 2014 at 2:43 am

Hi Jeanne,

The table above (for Queensland) shows the retailers who offer something to their solar customers. For more details, it’s best to visit the QCA’s electricity comparator tool (also linked above). In addition to what they offer for solar, you should also keep an eye on how much they charge for grid electricity.

For more on getting the most out of your system, you can also check out this article about electricity usage patterns to make sure you’re aware of how you might use electricity throughout the day–and how to align your consumption as much as possible with solar power production.

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Steven Zilm August 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm
Solar Choice Staff August 19, 2014 at 1:22 am

Hi Steven,

Thanks for pointing out the outdated information. We have updated the article accordingly.

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Jim Gartside September 3, 2014 at 9:53 am

I would like to know which tariff is preferable. It would seem that net feed in is. If so, how do I get it, and who does it. At the moment I seem to be on the gross tariff.
When mentioned to companies, they seem to bypass the subject.
I am getting 8c for electricity to the grid and paying 32c plus.
Which, to me rather defeats the cause of installing solar.

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Solar Choice Staff September 10, 2014 at 1:02 am

Hi Jim,

If you are only being paid 8c/kWh, then it is imperative that you be on a net feed-in tariff to get the most out of your system. These days, owning a solar system is about self-consumption (using your solar power yourself). This is how a solar system saves its owner money.

If you are having problems with your electricity retailer regarding this, I’m sure that threatening to switch to a different one would perk up their ears. Above is a pretty comprehensive list of choices.

The first thing to do would be to confirm for certain whether or not you are on a gross or net tariff. Your retailer should be able to tell you this, and my understanding is that net tariffs are the default pretty much everywhere these days.

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