Tasmania Solar Feed-In Tariff Review Completed

Tasmania solar feed in tariff review

The results of the Tasmanian Government’s review of the state’s solar feed-in tariffs will be of particular interest to those still on the generous 1:1 premium Transitional FiT.

The Hodgman Liberal Government pledged to review the state’s solar feed-in tariff during the last election. It said it wanted a “fair and equitable” system and any changes would be implemented by the beginning of next year. For a while it seemed nothing was happening on this front, but then in July the review finally commenced.

Four months on and the review has been completed and decisions made.

Standard Feed-In Tariff Changes. Or Lack Thereof

Currently, the standard feed in tariff for Tasmanians who installed solar power systems after August 2013 is 8.541 c/kWh.

From January 1, 2019 it will be …8.541 c/kWh – and will remain at this level until at least the end of June.

If an aim of the review was to create the right conditions and incentives to encourage further uptake of solar and to reward Tasmanians with solar panels already installed – as the Hodgman Government said it was – some might argue that this hasn’t happened.

Regardless of the result, solar power can still be a very good investment decision for Tasmanians looking to slash their energy costs; particularly where the primary focus is on self-consumption.

Premium Transitional FiT Changes

Tasmanians who installed systems prior to the end of August 2013 receive a 1:1 rate until the end of this year. This legacy program is called the “premium Transitional FiT”.

From January 1 next year, these households will receive the standard rate of 8.541 c/kWh plus an additional amount of 5 cents/kWh – so 13.541c/kWh in total. This will apply until 31 December 2019.

It’s a big step down from the ~26 c/kWh these solar households are currently enjoying. Given the huge drop, it may be more attractive to some households to upgrade their systems after January 1, a move that disqualifies them from the premium Transitional FiT.

Minister for Energy Guy Barnett says the changes will see all solar customers on the same rate by January 2020, which will continue to be set by the Tasmanian Economic Regulator.

Time Varying Feed-In Tariff? Maybe Later.

The statement announcing the review results also states:

“..the Government will also ask the Tasmanian Economic Regulator to investigate the merits of a Time-of-Use Solar FiT in Tasmania and to report back by the end of 2019.”

By “Time-of-Use”, it’s safe to assume what was meant is time-varying or time-dependent feed-in tariffs; whereby the rate changes depending on the time of day electricity is exported to the grid. Victoria and New South Wales have already introduced time-varying feed-in tariffs, but electricity retailers aren’t obligated to offer them as yet.

Further reading: Solar Feed-In Tariffs In Tasmania.

About Michael Bloch

Michael caught the solar power bug after purchasing components to cobble together a small off-grid PV system in 2008. He's been reporting on Australian and international solar energy news ever since.

Comments

  1. Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance media release “Solar decision a missed opportunity” http://tasrenew.org.au/news/

  2. So just to clarify as a person who bought a home with solar after August 2013 I will not get the 5c bonus? If that’s the case how is that fair and equitable??

    • Ronald Brakels says

      My understanding is only those who are now receiving the premium feed-in tariff will receive the extra 5 cents. (After losing their currently high feed-in tariff.)

  3. Julie and Frank Enkelaar says

    How can this be fair and equitable when the people that put solar on after August 2013 only received 8 cents feed in tariff. I think the people that have been receiving 26 cents have already had a fair go and have had 5 years notification that this was going to happen. Why would the Tasmanian government think it is necessary to give another 5 cents (giving them 13 cents feed in tariff) for another 12 months. Fairs fair

  4. To my mind I believe that the treatment of Solar customers in Tasmania is “crooked”!
    Those fortunate enough to have the 8.541 feed in tariff and the rest who will be burdened with it after January 1st 2020 will still be required to pay full price for their excess power when they get it back from the grid.
    None of the excess power generated is credited to hot water and heat and is sold back to yourself at double the price received for the feed in tariff.
    Aurora the State Owned power supplier believes that the compulsory Smart Meter will only show usage and not supply detailed meter readings on their invoices.
    Hands up anyone who believes an invoice should be detailed!

    Then they offer (but do not readily inform the user) that “Time of use” power is available as Tariff 93 where off peak in available at 14 cents a KWhr but 31 cents during peak times. The judicious use of timers can however reduce the overall cost.
    It seems that the SO CALLED Smart Meter will not detail the Peak and Off Peak usage but lump the lot together even though it costs in excess of $100 to compulsory participate in this SCHEME.

    Hands up again if you think this is illegal, cos the ACCC forget to answer the query submitted in this regard.
    AS above>>>
    “Why would the Tasmanian government think it is necessary to give another 5 cents (giving them 13 cents feed in tariff) for another 12 months. Fairs fair”

    Maybe because they SUCK excess power from YOUR solar to sell back at 100 & 300% profit, is fair* as the seller of the ABC would want,(TAS Premier) lets balance our budget and LOWER (oops) raise your bill?

    Where the LNP stick?

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