All electricity retailers with more than 5,000 customers must offer at least this minimum rate, but they may offer different packages and terms and conditions.

From 1 July 2017, solar customers on the current minimum feed-in tariff rate will move onto a new minimum tariff rate of 11.3 cents, as set by Victoria's independent regulator, the Essential Services Commission (ESC), on 28 February 2017. This new tariff follows changes the government has implemented to the current feed-in tariff framework, and will better reflect the true energy value of the electricity customers provide to the grid.

Customers on the Transitional Feed-in Tariff and Standard Feed-in Tariff schemes, which expired on 31 December 2016, will also be eligible for the new minimum feed-in tariff of 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour from 1 July 2017.

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. This rate is determined by the ESC. More information on this rate can be found on the ESC website.

The current Victorian feed-in tariff scheme commenced on 1 January 2013.

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