Solar feed-in tariffs VIC WA NSW SA TAS QLD NT ACT

State Solar Feed-In Tariffs

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, low solar PV system prices mean that they are no longer as important as they once were for solar to make financial sense. Increasing electricity costs are now the main reason to invest in a solar PV system, as it offers home owners a means of taking control of their energy bills (read more about ‘solar self-consumption‘).

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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, in excess of what you manage to use yourself.

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.

Additionally, each network has its own rules for connecting solar systems, with limits on certain system sizes. You can see a overview of these different

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.

State Current scheme(s) Max Size Rate Paid Program Duration Further info
VIC
Mandatory minimum of 11.3c/kWh until July 2018, when a new rate will be introduced. (A new time-varying rate will also come into place from July.)
Less than 100kW Depends on retailer: Currently ~6-10¢/kWh No set end-date Energy Made Easy (Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)

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SA
No mandatory minimum; rates based on retailer competition
First 45kWh per day Depends on retailer: Currently ~6-12c/kWh No set end-date Energy Made Easy (Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)

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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 Rate set by local utility, Aurora Energy 10kW (single phase), 30kW (three phase) ~7¢/kWh No set end-date Office of the Economic Regulator – Feed-in Tariffs

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NT Solar Buyback scheme through PowerWater Systems up to 5kW (single phase) and 7kW (3-phase) can be connected without inspection, buyback for systems over 30kVA will be calculated upon application Domestic buyback rate set by PowerWater – currently 26c/kWh (i.e. equal to retail rate) No set end-date PowerWater: Photovoltaic (PV) solar systems

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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

No set end-date Information about the Horizon grid Solar Buyback Rates (from 1 July 2012)

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QLD
No minimum feed-in tariff rate for residential customers in southeastern Qld (rates depend on retailer competition)
Mandatory minimum of ~10¢/kWh for regional Qld customers (determined annually)
5kW
Rates based on retailer competition in southeastern Qld

Mandatory minimum of ~10¢/kWh in regional Qld (reviewed annually)

 

No set end-date Energy Made Easy (Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)

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NSW
No mandatory feed-in tariff rate; electricity retailers set rates on voluntary basis
Depends on retailer Depends on retailer: Currently ~6-15c/kWh No set end-date Energy Made Easy (Government site for comparing electricity and solar buyback rates)

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