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Solar (Photovoltaic) PV Systems
The take up of residental solar has been dramatic due the generous incentives provided by both federal and state governments. With electricity prices continuing to rise it is still an opportune time to consider installing a grid connected solar PV system.
Below is a brief summary of state feed-in tariffs that apply to small scale solar systems.
New South WalesResidents in NSW can no longer access the Solar Bonus Scheme but can avail themselves to an unsubsidised or voluntary feed-in tariff. Electricity suppliers in NSW are not required to provide customers a feed in tariff for electricity feed back into the grid but in many cases they are offering a feed-in tariff in the range of 7.7 to 12.3 c/kWh for 2012/13. Click here to find out more about feed in tariffs in New South Wales.
In Victoria customers who are installing systems smaller than 100 kilowatts receive a minimum of 8 cents per kilowatt hour for excess electricity fed back into the grid. This amount may change as it will be reviewed and updated annually until 2016. However, consumers can access higher amounts from electricity retailers who are competing for your business. Customers are encouraged to shop around to find the deal what will best suit them.
Click here to find out more about feed in tariffs in Victoria.
QueenslandQueensland has the Solar Bonus Scheme. Under this scheme eligible customers who install a system of with inverter capacity not exceeding 5 kilowatts can receive a feed-in tariff of 8 cents per kilowatt. In some instances a further electricity retailer contribution may be available. Click here to find out more about feed in tariffs in Queensland.
Western Australian customers can access an 8c per kilowatt hour feed in tariff for systems under the State Government's Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme. For customers serviced by Horizon Power will receive area specific solar feed in tariffs which maybe be more or less that the standard 8 cents.
Click here to find out more about feed in tariffs in Western Australia.
In South Australia customers receive a feed in tariff that is comprised of two parts. The first part is the distributor (ETSA Utilities) contribution which is currently 16 cents per kilowatt hour until 30 September 2016. The second component is the electricity retailer contribution which is as below.
• 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 - 9.8c per kilowatt hour
• 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 - 11.2c per kilowatt hour
• 1 July 2014 onwards - to be determined
Click here to find out more about feed in tariffs in South Australia.
Customers in Tasmania with a system less that 3kW in size are credited at the same rate as the applicable supply tariff. Customers with systems greater that 3kW will need to contact Aurora for applicable feed in tariff rates. For further information regarding grid connected solar PV systems in Tasmania click here.
Australian Capital Territory
Residents in the ACT are advised to contact ActewAGL to find out what sort of feed in tariff they can access. It is thought by many that they are offering a one for one feed in tariff but this is yet to be confirmed. Click here to find out more about feed in tariffs in the Australian Capital Territory.
Northern TerritoryElectricity consumers in the Northern Territory receive a one for one feed in tariff. For residential customers its 19.23 c/kWh, commercial 22.37 c/kWh, and commercial time of use customers peak 28.63 c/kWh and off-peak 16.12 c/kWh. Click here to find out more about feed in tariffs in the Northern Territory.