Current Solar Feed-in Tariffs in Australia - State By State

Solar Feed-in Tariffs (FIT)

Grid-connected solar PV systems have the functionality to feed excess energy generated to the grid. When this occurs the energy retailer buys this excess electricity at a feed-in tariff rate, which the household will receive a credit on their electricity bill. Solar feed-in tariffs (FIT) are paid by your energy retailer per unit (kilowatt hour – kWh) of your unused electricity, that your solar PV system has generated.

Most State Governments in Australia mandate a minimum retailer feed-in tariff rate, which your energy retailer will provide to you. In states where a retail feed-in tariff is voluntary, many retailers will offer you one anyway.

In the past FIT rates were much higher to provide households with an incentive to make money from their solar PV system. Whilst this is no longer the case, switching to solar is now affordable to the average household with prices dropping more than 80% since 2008. Government incentives have now also been introduced to assist households and businesses in paying for their system and installation.

See some of the Energy Retailer FIT Rates available for Each State:

Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 7.0c 11.0c
Energy Locals 9.5c 9.5c
Energy Australia 9.5c 9.5c
ActewAGL 8.0c 12.0c
Powerclub 0.0c 10.0c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 6.0c 14.0c
Mojo Power 0.0c 18.0c
AGL 8.0c 15.0c
Red Energy 6.0c 15.0c
Energy Australia 8.5c 8.5c
Click Energy 8.0c 12.0c
Energy Locals 8.5c 8.5c
Amaysim 0.0c 14.0c
Diamond Energy 0.0c 10.2c
Alinta Energy 0.0c 11.0c
Powerdirect 8.0c 8.0c
Simply Energy 10.0c 10.0c
Powershop 0.0c 6.0c
Ergon Energy 7.9c 7.9c
Dodo 8.5c 8.5c
Q Energy 0.0c 5.5c
ReAmped Energy 0.0c 17.0c
1st Energy 6.0c 11.0c
Future X Power 4.0c 4.0c
DC Power Co 15.0c 15.0c
Alinta Energy 0.0c 11.0c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 7.0c 16.0c
AGL 9.5c 17.0c
Mojo Power 0.0c 22.0c
Click Energy 10.0c 14.0c
Amaysim 0.0c 15.0c
Energy Locals 10.0c 10.0c
Enova Energy 0.0c 12.0c
Energy Australia 9.5c 9.5c
Diamond Energy 0.0c 10.2c
Dodo 11.6c 11.6c
Commander 11.6c 11.6c
Sumo 8.0c 8.0c
Powerdirect 9.5c 9.5c
Red Energy 8.5c 11.1c
Pooled Energy 8.0c 10.0c
Powershop 0.0c 7.0c
CovaU 0.0c 8.5c
QEnergy 0.0c 8.0c
Simply Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Alinta Energy 7.5c 7.5c
Momentum Energy 0.0c 13.5c
1st Energy 6.0c 11.0c
Kogan 5.5c 5.5c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Jacana Energy 8.3c 8.3c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 8.0c 15.0c
Click Energy 10.0c 17.0c
AGL 12.4c 16.0c
Amaysim 0.0c 22.0c
Powerdirect 12.4c 12.4c
Lumo Energy 11.5c 12.0c
Energy Locals 8.5c 8.5c
Red Energy 11.5c 11.5c
Energy Australia 10.5c 10.5c
Diamond Energy 0.0c 10.2c
DoDo 11.6c 11.6c
Commander 11.6c 11.6c
Simply Energy 10.0c 10.0c
Alinta Energy 9.5c 9.5c
Momentum Energy 0.0c 13.5c
Q Energy 0.0c 0.0c
Amber Electric 8.0c 8.0c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Aurora Energy 8.5c 8.5c
1st Energy 8.5c 13.5c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 10.2c 14.0c
AGL 10.2c 10.2c
Amaysim 12.0c 13.0c
Click Energy 12.0c 13.0c
Momentum Energy 10.2c 13.5c
Diamond Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Powershop 10.2c 10.2c
Commander 12.0c 12.0c
Dodo 12.0c 12.0c
Tango Energy 10.2c 10.2c
CovaU 0.0c 10.2c
Alinta Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Lumo Energy 10.2c 10.2c
People Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Powerdirect 10.2c 10.2c
Red Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Simply Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Sumo 10.2c 10.2c
GloBird Energy 0.0c 10.2c
Energy Australia 10.2c 10.2c
Q Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Blue NRG 12.0c 12.0c
1st Energy 10.2c 15.2c

 

Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Synergy 7.1c 7.1c
Horizon Power 7.1c 7.1c

*Updated March 2021 – Source WATTever

 
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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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