Feed-in tariff rates are set annually by the Essential Services Commission (ESC). Each year, the ESC determines the fair value of solar generation by considering its wholesale market value, and now also considers the environmental and social value of distributed generation.

From 1 July 2018, customers on the current minimum feed-in tariff have been receiving either a single-rate minimum feed-in tariff of 9.9 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh) or a time-varying feed-in tariff.  All electricity retailers with more than 5,000 customers must offer at least one of these tariffs to their customers.  Retailers may offer different packages and terms and conditions.

The new single-rate tariff of 9.9 c/kWh is slightly lower than the previous rate for 2017-18 (11.3 c/kWh) because the value of energy at times of the day when solar systems generate power has fallen, due to the growth of solar generation in Victoria and other States.

Under the new time-varying feed-in tariff, the price paid for surplus electricity differs through the day to reflect changes in demand at different times.  This new tariff embodies a lower rate during off-peak times, a marginally higher rate during shoulder hours, and a significantly higher rate during peak hours (7.1, 10.3 and 29.0 cents per kilowatt hour, respectively). This may encourage customers to export more power into the grid when demand for electricity is higher. More information about the time-varying feed-in tariff can be found on the ESC minimum feed-in tariff web page.

Customers on the Transitional Feed-in Tariff and Standard Feed-in Tariff schemes, which expired on 31 December 2016, are also eligible for the new minimum feed-in tariffs.

The feed-in tariff is available to solar and other eligible forms of renewable energy, such as wind, hydro or biomass, with a system size less than 100 kilowatts.

How to apply

To access the current feed-in tariff, you must have your renewable or eligible low emissions energy system fully installed, signed off by a licensed electrical inspector and have submitted all the paperwork to your electricity retailer.

Paperwork includes:

Once paperwork is submitted, to complete the eligibility process you may also need to have your metering upgraded before feed-in credits can be applied to your account.

Learn more about meters.

Eligibility

The feed-in tariff is available to households, community organisations and businesses. To be considered for the feed-in tariff, you must:

  • have a renewable energy system of less than 100 kilowatts generating capacity in size
  • have bi-directional metering in place that measures two-way electricity flows and records them on a half hourly basis