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When do the solar feed-in tariffs end? A state-by-state look

by James Martin II on 24 May, 2016

in Solar and Renewable Energy Policy,Solar Choice News,State Government solar feed-in tariffs,ACT,NSW,NT,QLD,SA,TAS,VIC,WA

Solar feed-in tariffs were once the most influential factor in a given state’s rooftop solar market, but all of the generous rates once available have been closed to new applicants. Households and businesses who are receiving these incentives applied for them before a deadline (different in each state) and will continue to reap the benefits until they either move house or until the scheme ends – with big implications for the future uptake of energy storage. In this article we provide a state-by-state recap of when these schemes wrap up.

This article is focuses mainly on historic feed-in tariff rates which are not available to new solar customers. If you’d like to see current rates, please visit our Solar Feed-in Tariff Rewards page. Read the full article →

James Martin II

James Martin II

Communications Manager at Solar Choice
James has been Solar Choice's primary writer & researcher since 2010. He lives in Newcastle in a house with a weird solar system.
James Martin II


John 30 August, 2017 at 9:54 pm

I have a 3 kW system installed 7 years ago am getting 47 c rebate if I increase to 5 or 6 kW will I lose my rebate .i am in Perth wa

Solar Choice Staff 4 September, 2017 at 9:28 am

Hi John,

As we understand it, in WA you can increase your solar panel array size but not your inverter size (read more here). There is, however, a technical limit to how much panel capacity you can add to an inverter and still have it operate optimally (read about ‘overclocking’ here).

Hope this helps.

Frederick 22 February, 2017 at 1:53 am

I am from WA and are being refunded the old 40 cents/Kw hour. The system has a 3 Kw inverter but only 6 panels (1.5Kw) on the roof. I have been told if I put another 6 panels on the roof to bring it up to 3 Kw to match the inverter I will still get the 40 cent rebate as long as I do not change the inverter. Is this correct.

Solar Choice Staff 22 February, 2017 at 9:53 am

HI Frederick,

I would double check with the WA state government about it, but yes our understanding is also that it’s fine to expand the solar panel array as long as you don’t increase the inverter size.

See our article on the topic here, or refer to the WA Dept of Finance residential solar Q&A page here.

Hope this helps!

Harry 11 April, 2016 at 12:33 am

About a year ago my retailer without warning reduced my FIT from 33cents to 8cents and when questioned they said don’t blame us blame the state government. Is this correct or are they just avoiding the tariff? I was under the assumption that my FIT was garaunteed for 25 years.

Solar Choice Staff 11 April, 2016 at 9:00 am

Hi Harry,

What state are you in?

Katrina 28 June, 2017 at 1:00 pm

I have also had this problem, I am from Victoria, our system was installed on Dec 13th 2011. We had a rebate of 33censt and thought it was for 25 years

Solar Choice Staff 29 June, 2017 at 11:19 am

Hi Katrina,

From what we understand, the payments for your system should continue until 2024 – not quite 25 years, but close. Are you not currently receiving payments?

Tracy 15 November, 2015 at 10:47 am

Many many thanks, that detail is exactly what I needed.

Tracy 11 November, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Please confirm if in Victoria the Premium FiT is transferable if the property is sold. The question doesn’t appear to have an answer on your website.

Solar Choice Staff 13 November, 2015 at 8:37 am

Hi Tracy,

I’ve just updated the article with the answer. Yes, the Premium FiT and Transitional FiT are transferrable. The Standard FiT is not. (Please see here for more details on the Victorian government’s website.)

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