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.

For the financial year beginning 1 July 2019, customers on the current minimum feed-in tariff will continue to receive a single-rate minimum feed-in tariff or a time-varying feed-in tariff. Electricity retailers may offer one or both of these feed-in tariffs to customers.

The new single-rate minimum feed-in tariff is set at 12 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh), which is higher than the rate for 2018-19 (9.9 c/kWh). From 1 July 2019, customers on the time-varying tariff will receive an increased off-peak rate of 9.9 c/kWh, an increased shoulder rate of 11.6 c/kWh and a significantly reduced peak rate of 14.6 c/kWh compared with the respective 2018-19 rates. This time-varying tariff may encourage customers to export more power into the grid when demand for electricity is higher, and may improve the business case for customers considering adding small energy storage devices. More information can be found on the ESC website.

For minimum feed-in tariffs set over the 2019-20 financial year, the ESC has used a futures market approach to forecast wholesale prices that underpin the feed-in tariff rates, offering stakeholders a more transparent price that aligns with the method adopted by other regulators. According to the ESC, a possible explanation for the significant reduction of the peak rate under the time-varying feed-in tariff for 2019-20 is the moderation of high wholesale prices by increased generation capacity and demand management actions.

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

Page last updated: 01/07/19