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State Solar Feed-In Tariffs

Let your solar panels reward you

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 bills 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.

Solar Feed-In Tariffs have been a huge success in countries such as Germany and the UK, with massive uptake of solar energy systems following their introduction in those countries.


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.

For an overview of how the different solar feed-in incentive programs work: The economics of 1-for-1 Solar Buyback schemes vs Solar Feed-in Tariffs.

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. For information on historic rates, please see this article.

StateCurrent scheme(s)Max SizeRate PaidProgram DurationFurther info
VIC
No mandatory feed-in tariff rate; electricity retailers set rates on voluntary basis

Less than 100kW

Rates based on retailer competition, ~6-10¢/kWh

No set end-date

Energy Made Easy (Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)

Solar Choice articles about solar power in Victoria

SA
No mandatory feed-in tariff rate; electricity retailers set rates on voluntary basis
First 45kWh per day

~8c/kWh for ongoing 'retailer contribution'

No set end-date

Energy Made Easy (Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)

Solar Choice articles about solar power in South Australia

ACT

No mandatory feed-in tariff minimum contribution from retailer

n/a No set end-date

Solar Choice articles about solar power in the ACT

TAS Solar buyback available through Aurora Energy 10kW (single phase), 30kW (three phase)

~5¢/kWh

No set end-date

Office of the Economic Regulator - Feed-in Tariffs

Solar Choice articles about solar power in Tasmania

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, >20¢/kWh

No set end-date

PowerWater: Photovoltaic (PV) solar systems

Solar Choice articles about solar power in the NT

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 (Read more)

Synergy residential customers: ~6-9c/kWh

Synergy not-for-profit, and educational organisation customers: Generous rates available (Read more)

No set end-date

Solar Buybacks for not-for-profit, educational organisations in Perth and surrounds

Information about the Horizon grid Solar Buyback Rates (from 1 July 2012)

Solar Choice articles about solar power in WA

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

Rates based on retailer competition in southeastern Qld

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)

The economics of solar in Queensland after the Solar Bonus Scheme

Solar Choice articles about solar power in Queensland

NSW
No mandatory feed-in tariff rate; electricity retailers set rates on voluntary basis
Depends on retailer

Rates depend on retailer

No set end-date

Energy Made Easy (Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)

Is solar power right for you in NSW?

Solar Choice articles about solar power in NSW

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Solar rebates and incentives

Solar power rebates: Federal Solar Rebates and State feed-in tariffs

Federal solar credits rebate scheme: RECs, STCs, and LGCs

State-by-state Solar Feed-in Tariff incentives

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