Solar Feed In Tariffs Australia

What are solar Feed in Tariffs?

A solar Feed in Tariff is the name for money you get paid when your solar panels send energy to the grid. This happens automatically when you don’t use all the power your panels are making.

Solar feed in tariffs are offered in many different Aussie states. The way they are offered is different depending on the location. This multitude of different solar feed in tariffs (and structures) makes it way more complex than it needs to be. Here we will give you an idea of what solar feed in tariffs are and the current solar feed in tariffs list for Australia.

 Solar Feed In Tariff Summary Table

 NSWQLDVICWANTTASACTSA
State-sponsored FiT$0$0$0.1122 buyback schemes$0$0.055$0$0
Retailer FiT$0.12$0.12$0.12Determined by retailerResidential Customers: $0.2688/kWh
Commercial Customers: $0.3128
Determined by retailer$0.10Determined by retailer
Total FiT$0.12$0.12$0.232TBCAs per retailer$0.055$0.10$0
Max System Size5kW5kW100kW5kW (synergy - residential) / 100kW (Synergy - commercial) / Size limit varies for Horizon customersUp to 30kW before negotiationSingle Phase: 10kW
3 Phase: 30kW
100kWNA

Types of solar Feed in Tariff

There are 2 types of solar feed in tariffs. Each state also has its own policy (they love to complicate things). The 2 types are:

  1. State solar Feed in Tariffs – these are schemes like the QLD solar bonus scheme where the state government pays you money for your solar power. And;
  2. Retailer solar Feed in Tariffs – these are tariffs which retailers will sometimes pay depending how generous they are. It can be well worth the effort finding a “solar friendly” retailer.
solar feed in tariffs - installation

Solar Feed In Tariffs apply to almost any solar system. They can save you HEAPS more than without!

Australian solar Feed in Tariffs List (By State)

QLD

QLD solar feed in tariffs

State feed in tariff scheme: None

Retailer solar feed in tariff: Up to $0.10/kWh

Maximum system size (for state scheme): 5kW

More information about the (expired) QLD solar bonus scheme

NSW

NSW solar feed in tariffs

State feed in tariff scheme: None

Retailer solar feed in tariff: Up to $0.10/kWh

Maximum system size (for state scheme): 5kW

More information about the (expired) NSW solar bonus scheme

VIC

VIC solar feed in tariffs

State feed in tariff scheme: $0.062 (changing to $0.112 in July 2017)

Retailer solar feed in tariff: Up to $0.10/kWh

Maximum system size (for state scheme): 100kW

More information about the Victorian solar feed in tariffs scheme

ACT

ACT solar feed in tariffs

State feed in tariff scheme: None

Retailer solar feed in tariff: Up to $0.10/kWh

Maximum system size (for state scheme): 100kW

More information about the (expired) ACT solar feed in tariffs scheme

WA

WA solar feed in tariffs

State feed in tariff scheme: 2 Buyback schemes in operation

Retailer solar feed in tariff: Determined by retailer

Maximum system size (for state scheme):

  • Synergy network (residential): max 5kW
  • Synergy network (commercial): Unlimited
  • Horizon network: Size limit varies by location

More information about the Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme

TAS

TAS solar feed in tariffs

State feed in tariff scheme: $0.055

Retailer solar feed in tariff: Determined by retailer

Maximum system size (for state scheme):

  • Single Phase: 10kW
  • 3 Phase: 30kW

More information about the TAS solar feed in tariffs scheme

SA

SA solar feed in tariffs

State feed in tariff scheme: None

Retailer solar feed in tariff: Determined by retailer

Maximum system size (for state scheme): First 45kWhs each day (expired scheme)

More information about the (expired) SA solar feed in tariff scheme

NT

NT solar feed in tariffs

State feed in tariff scheme: None

Retailer solar feed in tariff: Determined by retailer example (Jacana Energy):

Maximum system size (for state scheme): System sizes 30kW and up require a feed in tariff to be negotiated.

More information about the NT solar feed in tariff scheme


Note that feed in tariffs are subject to change fairly regularly. This page was last updated in June 2017.

Solar feed in tariffs example

This is an example of how a solar power system works. At step 4 you can see this is where your solar feed in tariff is in action.

Solar electricity retailers

Here are some of the electricity retailers in Australia. Some of them might offer solar feed in tariffs:

CompanyWebsitePhone
AGLwww.agl.com.au131 245
Australian Power & Gaswww.australianpowerandgas.com.au133 298
Click Energywww.clickenergy.com.au1800 775 929
Diamond Energywww.diamondenergy.com.au1300 838 009
Dodo Power & Gaswww.dodo.com.au133 636
Energy Australiawww.energyaustralia.com.au133 466
Lumo Energywww.lumoenergy.com.au1300 115 866
Momentum Energywww.momentumenergy.com.au1800 794 824
Origin Energywww.originenergy.com.au132 463
Power Directwww.powerdirect.com.au1300 307 966
QEnergywww.qenergy.com.au1300 448 535
Red Energywww.redenergy.com.au131 806
Sanctuary Energywww.sanctuaryenergy.com.au1800 109 099
Simply Energywww.simplyenergy.com.au1800 009 147

There are differences between the retailers – especially when it comes to the solar feed in tariff offered. This can have major implications to your solar power savings. But don’t forget to check on power rates as well.

solar feed in tariffs storage

Storing excess energy instead of getting a feed in tariff! This is the future of solar

Solar Feed In Tariff Example – 5kW solar power system

If you install a 5kW solar power system on your roof, and you use on average 23kWhs per day, here is what a difference feed in tariffs can make:

A 5kW system generates an average of 21kWhs per day. Your daytime savings will be how much solar power you use during the day. Let’s say 9kWhs are used during daylight hours and the remainder (12kWhs) is sent to the grid (exported).

Your savings from the solar then will be different based on how much your retailer will give you for your feed-in-tariff:

  • Base savings: 9 x $0.29403 x 365 = $965.89 per year
  • FiT savings at 6c: 12 x $0.06 x 365 = $262.80 per year
  • at 8c: 12 x $0.08 x 365 = $350.40 per year
  • Or at 10c: 12 x $0.10 x 365 = $438.00 per year

So choose your electricity retailer carefully! It can make a big difference to how much your solar power system will return and how much it delivers to your wallet.

State-sponsored solar FiTs

Many state governments used to offer generous feed in tariffs of 44c, 60c etc. per kWh for energy sent to the grid in Australia. Most state solar feed in tariffs are now gone. Retailers (Origin Energy, AGL etc.) still give you a little bit for solar power. If you’re not looking to make money and just want to save on electricity costs, solar power is still a very attractive option.

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