South Australian households are being urged to beat the September 30 deadline in order to secure the 16 cent distributor contribution up until September 2016.

The existing feed in tariff consists of a 16 cent per kilowatt hour component provided by SA Power Networks, and a retailer contribution of 9.8 cents per kilowatt hour. The 16 cents tariff will be removed for households who miss out on the deadline of 30 September. For those who want to secure the rate until 2016, they must have approved permission to connect received by 30 September, 2013 and systems fully installed within 120 days of 1st October 2013.

Solar popularity has been historically strong in the state. Spark Infrastructure, the biggest electricity distributor in the state recently released interim results for the first 6 months of 2013, confirming that solar penetration in the state has increased from 17.6% in December 2012 to 19.2% in June 2013, now representing solar panels on approximately one in every five homes. South Australia also has the electorate with the highest solar penetration rate, the Division of Mayo located in the hills east of Adelaide has over 25% of houses with solar panels installed.

Given the lead time for paperwork, households have been recommended to get their applications in as soon as possible. Solar Market makes this easy by putting you in touch with 3 CEC qualified solar installers, allowing you to compare solar quotes and make an informed decision. Alternately, check out our NEW solar savings calculator, and estimate the savings you’ll make on your power bill with a new solar system.