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

Solar Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs)

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 Minimum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Maximum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
ActewAGL 8.0c 12.0c
Amber Electric No Fixed Amount No Fixed Amount
Discover Energy 6.0c 6.0c
Elysian Energy 9.0c 9.0c
EnergyAustralia 9.5c 9.5c
Energy Locals 7.0c 7.0c
Origin Energy 7.0c 11.0c
Powerclub 0c 7c
Radian Energy 6.0c 6.0c
ReAmped Energy 0.0c 13.0c
Red Energy 6.0c 6.0c
Simply Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Social Energy 9.0c 40.0c*
Retailers Minimum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Maximum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
1st Energy 6.0c 11.0c
AGL 6.0c 15.0c
Alinta Energy 0c 11.0c
Bright Spark Power 7.0c 7.0c
CovaU Energy 0c 11.0c
Diamond Energy 0c 10.2c
Discover Energy 6.0c 13.0c
Dodo 8.5c 8.5c
Electricity in a Box 4.0c 4.0c
Elysian Energy 0c 7.9c
EnergyAustralia 8.5c 8.5c
Energy Locals 6.0c 6.0c
Ergon Energy 6.6c 6.6c
Future X Power 4.0c 4.0c
GEE Energy 0c 13.0c
GloBird Energy 3.0c 7.2c
Glow Power 7.0c 7.0c
Kogan Energy 2.9c 2.9c
Locality Planning Energy 0c 7.9c
Mojo Power 5.5c 18.0c
Momentum Energy 0c 10.0c
Nectr 0c 6.0c
Origin Energy 5.0c 13.0c
OVO Energy 0c 8.0c
People Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Powerdirect 6.0c 6.0c
Powershop 0c 3.5c
QEnergy 0c 8.0c
Radian Energy 6.0c 6.0c
ReAmped Energy 0c 17.0c
Red Energy 5.0c 11.5c
Simply Energy 4.5c 4.5c
Sumo 6.0c 6.0c
Retailers Minimum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Maximum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
1st Energy 6.0c 11.0c
ActewAGL 8.0c 15.0c
AGL 7.0c 17.0c
Alinta Energy 7.5c 7.5c
Bright Spark Power 7.0c 7.0c
CovaU Energy 0c 8.5c
Diamond Energy 0c 10.2c
Discover Energy 6.0c 16.0c
Dodo 11.6c 11.6c
Enova Energy 0c 12.0c
Electricity in a Box 7.0c 7.0c
Elysian Energy 0c 8.4c
EnergyAustralia 9.5c 9.5c
Energy Locals 7.0c 7.0c
Future X Power 4.0c 4.0c
GEE Energy 0c 14.0c
GloBird Energy 3.0c 3.0c
Glow Power 7.0c 7.0c
Indigo Power 10.0c 10.0c
Kogan Energy 4.4c 4.4c
Locality Planning Energy 0c 8.5c
Mojo Power 7.5c 22.0c
Momentum Energy 0c 10.0c
Nectr 0c 7.0c
Origin Energy 5.0c 14.0c
OVO Energy 0c 8.0c
People Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Pooled Energy 4.5c 6.0c
Powerdirect 7.0c 7.0c
Powershop 0c 5.0c
QEnergy 8.0c 8.0c
ReAmped Energy 0c 21.0c
Radian Energy 6.0c 6.0c
Red Energy 6.0 18.0c
Simply Energy 7.0c 10.0c
Smart Energy 7.0c 10.0c
Sumo 8.0c 8.0c
Tango Energy 5.5c 5.5c
Retailers Minimum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Maximum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Jacana Energy 8.3c 8.3c
Rimfire Energy 11.0c 11.0c
Retailers Minimum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Maximum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
1st Energy 8.0c 13.0c
AGL 8.0c 16.0c
Alinta Energy 9.5c 9.5c
CovaU Energy 0c 12.0c
Diamond Energy 0c 10.2c
Discover Energy 6.0c 13.0c
Dodo 11.6c 11.6c
Elysian Energy 0c 9.6c
EnergyAustralia 10.5c 10.5c
Energy Locals 6.5c 6.5c
Future X Power 4.0c 4.0c
GloBird Energy 3.0c 3.0c
IO Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Kogan Energy 2.1c 2.1c
Lumo Energy 3.0c 3.0c
Mojo Power 6.8c 6.8c
Momentum Energy 0c 10.0c
Nectr 0c 2.0
Origin Energy 6.0c 13.0c
OVO Energy 0c 8.0c
People Energy 6.8c 6.8c
Powerdirect 8.0c 8.0c
Powershop 0c 3.0c
QEnergy 6.8c 6.8c
ReAmped Energy 0c 19.0c
Red Energy 3.0c 3.0c
Simply Energy 4.5c 4.5c
Tango Energy 0c 7.5c
Retailers Minimum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Maximum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
1st Energy 6.5c 10.5c
Aurora Energy 6.5c 6.5c
Elysian Energy 7.9c 9.0c
Energy Locals 6.6c 6.6c
Retailers Minimum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Maximum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
1st Energy 6.7c 12.0c
AGL 6.7c 6.7c
Alinta Energy 10.2c 10.2c
CovaU Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Diamond Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Discover Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Dodo 12.0c 12.0c
Elysian Energy 0c 13.0c
EnergyAustralia 10.2c 10.2c
Energy Locals 7.0c 10.2c
GloBird Energy 0c 10.2c
Indigo Power 10.2c 10.2c
Kogan Energy 6.7c 10.2c
Lumo Energy 8.0c 10.2c
Momentum Energy 6.7c 10.0c
Origin Energy 6.7c 10.2c
OVO Energy 10.2c 10.2c
People Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Powerdirect 10.2c 10.2c
Powershop 6.7c 10.2c
QEnergy 6.7c 6.7c
ReAmped Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Red Energy 8.0c 10.2c
Simply Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Sumo 10.2c 10.2c
Tango Energy 10.2c 10.2c

 

Retailers Minimum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Maximum Solar FiT
(cents per kWh exported)
Horizon Power 3.0c 10.0c**
Synergy 3.0c 10.0c**

*For customers who install a solar power system with concurrent battery storage.

**In WA, exports between 3pm and 9pm will earn 10.0c per kWh; exports at any other time will earn 3.0c. Click here for more information.

 
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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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