Solar Feed-in Tariffs in Australia

Feed-in Tariffs

A Feed-in Tariff (FIT) is the amount you’re paid from your energy retailer per unit (kilowatt hour – kWh) of your unused electricity, that your solar PV system has generated. This unused energy goes back to the grid (if you are grid connected and don’t have battery storage) and the payment from the energy retailer will appear as a credit on your electricity bill.

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.

State * Current FIT Rates (per kWh)
QLD 10c – 20c
VIC 10c – 20c
SA 10c – 23c
TAS 8.54c
ACT 8c – 20c
NSW 8c – 25c
WA 7.1c
NT 23.6c

In the past FIT rates were much higher to provide households 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 Energy Retailer FIT Rates for Each State:

Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 8.0c 20.0c
Energy LOcals 9.0c 16.0c
Energy Australia 0.0c 12.5c
ActewAGL 8.0c 11.0c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 7.0c 20.0c
Mojo Power 0.0c 20.0c
AGL 10.6c 20.0c
Red Energy 6.0c 17.0c
Energy Australia 16.1c 16.1c
Click Energy 0.0c 16.0c
Energy Locals 9.0c 16.0c
Amaysim 0.0c 14.0c
Diamond Energy 12.0c 12.0c
Alinta Energy 0.0c 11.0c
Powerdirect 10.6c 10.6c
Simply Energy 10.0c 10.0c
Powershop 9.5c 9.5c
Ergon Energy 9.4c 9.4c
Dodo 8.5c 8.5c
Q Energy 0.0c 8.0c
Lumo Energy 6.0c 6.0c
1st Energy 6.0c 6.0c
People Energy 0.0c 0.0c
Momentum Energy 0.0c 0.0c
Sanctuary Energy 0.0c 0.0c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 8.0c 25.0c
AGL 11.1c 20.0c
Mojo Power 10.0c 20.0c
Click Energy 0.0c 19.0c
Amaysim 0.0c 17.0c
Energy Locals 9.0c 16.0c
Enova Energy 9.0c 16.0c
Energy Australia 12.5c 12.5c
Diamond Energy 12.0c 12.0c
Dodo 11.6c 11.6c
Commander 11.6c 11.6c
Sumo 11.1c 11.1c
Lumo Energy 11.1c 11.1c
Powerdirect 11.1c 11.1c
ed Energy 11.1c 11.1c
Pooled Energy 10.5c 10.5c
Powershop 10.2c 10.2c
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 7.0c
1st Energy 5.1c 5.1c
People Energy 0.0c 0.0c
Sanctuary Energy 0.0c 0.0c
Blue NRG 0.0c 0.0c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Jacana Energy 23.6c 23.6c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 10.0c 20.0c
Click Energy 0.0c 22.0c
AGL 16.3c 22.0c
Amaysim 0.0c 20.0c
Powerdirect 16.3c 16.3c
Lumo Energy 16.0c 16.0c
Energy Locals 9.0c 16.0c
Red Energy 16.0c 16.0c
Energy Australia 15.0c 15.0c
Diamond Energy 12.0c 12.0c
DoDo 11.6c 11.6c
Commander 11.6c 11.6c
Simply Energy 10.0c 10.0c
Alinta Energy 9.5c 9.5c
Sanctuary Energy 6.8c 6.8c
Momentum Energy 0.0c 0.0c
Blue NRG 0.0c 0.0c
Q Energy 0.0c 0.0c
Tango Energy 0.0c 0.0c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Aurora Energy 8.5c 8.5c
Retailers Min Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Max Solar FIT
(cents per kWh exported)
Origin Energy 9.9c 20.0c
AGL 11.3c 20.0c
Amaysim 0.0c 18.0c
Click Energy 0.0c 18.0c
Momentum Energy 9.9c 15.0c
Diamond Energy 11.3c 12.0c
Powershop 11.8c 11.8c
Commander 11.6c 11.6c
Dodo 11.6c 11.6c
Tango Energy 11.3c 11.3c
CovaU 0.0c 11.3c
Alinta Energy 11.3c 11.3cc
Lumo Energy 11.3c 11.3c
Next Business Energy 11.3c 11.3c
People Energy 11.3c 11.3c
Powerdirect 11.3c 11.3c
Red Energy 11.3c 11.3c
Simply Energy 11.3c 11.3c
Sumo 9.9c 11.3c
GloBird Energy 10.0c 10.0c
Energy Australia 9.9c 9.9c
Q Energy 9.9c 9.9c
Blue NRG 9.9c 9.9c
1st Energy 9.9c 9.9c
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
 
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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.

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