Solar Feed In Tariffs
The 'Solar Feed In Tariff' is often confused with the 'Solar Rebate'. Don't be confused. The Rebate is the point of sale discount you get off the price of a new solar system, worth thousands of dollars and is alive and kicking. The Feed In Tariff is the price you get for solar exported to the grid, and although the Feed In Tariffs are still going they are worth a lot less than they used to be 3-5 years ago.
They were initially very high to encourage the uptake of solar, back when solar cost 3 to 4 times the price it is now. It worked. The solar industry is well established now and prices for Australian solar systems are the lowest in the world, thanks to high volume and efficient installers.
When your rooftop solar generates more electricity than your home is using at the time, it isn't wasted but sent into the grid for other people to use. Feed-in tariffs are the payment you receive for providing electricity to the grid.
Unfortunately, outside of the Northern Territory and some parts of regional Western Australia, feed-in tariffs for new rooftop solar are low. While they vary, the average received for new solar systems is now around 6 cents a kilowatt-hour.
They used to much more generous and many people still benefit from high feed-in tariffs they obtained in the past.
Solar Feed-in Tariffs In Your Area
The quickest and easiest way to find the solar feed-in tariffs currently offered by electricity retailers in your area is to go to our online electricity retailer comparison page and enter your postcode.
Current Feed-in Tariffs By State And Territory
The range in current feed-in tariffs for each state and territory are shown below. In NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and the ACT electricity retailers don’t have to offer any feed-in tariff, although they usually do.
Click on the state or territory to be taken to a page with more detailed information on its current and past solar feed-in tariffs.
Feed-in Tariffs Used To Be High
Around 2010 when rooftop solar was far more expensive than it is now, feed-in tariffs were much more generous. As a result there are people in Victoria who will receive a 60 cent feed-in tariff until 2024, Queenslanders who will receive 44 cents until 2028, and people in the ACT who will receive 47.5 cents until 2031. To find details on these old feed-in tariffs, click on the state or territory above.
The Highest Feed-in Tariff Is Not Necessarily The Best
In NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and the ACT current feed-in tariffs are only what electricity retailers offer and can range from nothing up to 12 cents a kilowatt-hour in South Australia.
But the highest feed-in tariff will not necessarily result in the lowest electricity bills. I investigated the lowest cost electricity plans for solar households in Adelaide and Sydney here and found in Adelaide the overall cheapest plan had a 6.8 cent feed-in tariff and in Sydney the overall cheapest plan had a 5.5 cent feed-in tariff.
How Can I Tell What My Current Feed-in Tariff Is?
If you are not sure what the feed-in tariff you are receiving is, it should be on your electricity bill. If you can't find it you can call your electricity retailer and check with them.
A Solar Feed-in Tariff Is Different From The Solar Rebate
Solar feed-in tariffs are a payment for electricity sent into the grid after a solar system has been installed, while the solar rebate lowers the cost of buying a solar system. For most installations the solar rebate provides a discount of several thousand dollars.
The solar rebate is being gradually phased out over 15 years and will come to an end on the 31st of December 2030. Technically it is not a rebate, but that is what it is commonly called.
Help! My Electricity Bill Says I'm Not Getting Any Feed-in Tariff!
If you have rooftop solar and you're not receiving any feed-in tariff it probably means your electricity plan doesn't have one. This can be fixed either by changing your retailer plan or by changing your electricity retailer.
Some people have not received their feed-in tariff because of red tape. My parents weren't getting theirs and when they looked into it they were told it was because there was an error on their application form and they would need to pay either an electrician or a solar installer to fill in a form to correct it.
In response to this my father instructed them to place the application in an uncomfortable location and as a result they still don't have a feed-in tariff.