Feed-in Tariffs

Feed-in Tariffs – State & Territory Governments

Feed-in tariffs have been introduced in most states as an incentive to encourage the uptake of solar electricity.

State Max. Size Tariff Updates
VIC Premium FiT – < 5kW Net .08c/kWh new.dpi.vic.gov.au
SA Domestic, small business:
Under review. May close to new applicants on 01 Oct 11
Net 08c/kWh renewablessa.sa.gov.au
ACT Stage1 <30kW
Stage2 <30kW-200kW
Gross 10c/kWh environment.act.gov.au
QLD Applications submitted after 5pm 07 Jun 11
<5kW – combined capacity
Net .08c/kWh Cleanenergy – qld.gov.au
TAS Only retail offer at present Net 20c/kWh dier.tas.gov.au
WA FiT <5kW
Horizon Power <10kW per phase (30kW total)
Buyback < 10kW
Net 20c/kWh energy.wa.gov.au
NSW No new applications to be considered from midnight 28 Apr 11 industry.nsw.gov.au
NT Domestic, small business:
<4.5kW- single phase
>4.5KW must apply to Power and Water
Gross .2777c/kWh powerwater.com.au

Small-scale Technology Certificates – Federal Government Rebate

Small-scale Technology Certificates, or STCs, are a tradeable commodity attached to eligible installations of renewable energy systems, including solar panels.

Under the Federal Government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, when you install an eligible system, you may claim a set number of these STCs. This number is based on the amount of electricity in megawatt hours MWh generated by your small-scale solar system over the course of its lifetime of up to 15 years.

The number of STCs you can claim may vary depending on what you are installing, whether your installation is eligible for Solar Credits, and/or the size and capacity of the installed system.

After January 1, 2013 their will be no STC’S multiplier this means the STC’S will be 1 for 1 i.e a 4.5 Kw system will attract 103 STC’S @ say $29.00 each (as at 22 December 2012) = $2,987.00 discount of your system (not thousands as some companies are saying)

For more information, please go to the website of the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator ORER www.orer.gov.au

These tariffs are set by governments around the world to encourage households to take up renewable energy generation by the installation of a solar PV system. It means that your energy retailer pays a higher rate for the electricity that you generate, than the rate you pay for the energy that you use. The higher the ‘feed-in’ tariff, the shorter the pay-back time on the cost of the system.

The list is not meant to be exhaustive.

General Contacts:

Sustainability Victoria www.sustainability.vic.gov.au ph (03) 8626 8700
Alternative Technology Association (ATA)
Renew Magazine issue 101 Oct-Dec 2007 has a comparison table of solar panels.
www.ata.org.au ph (03) 9639 1500
Clean Energy Council
The Clean Energy Council is an amalgamation of the Australian Wind Energy Association (Auswind) and the Australian Business council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). The Council represents over 400 businesses.
www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au ph (03) 9349 3077