QLD Solar Feed In Tariff Information

Last Updated: 31st May 2024

Solar feed-in tariffs available in Queensland depend on if you live in the Energex network area in South East Queensland or the Ergon network area in regional Queensland:

If you’re still not sure which network area you’re in after looking at the map above, it’s on your electricity bill.

South East Queensland – Energex

In the South East Energex area – which includes Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast as far north as Noosa – solar feed-in tariffs are Voluntary Retailer Contributions. This means electricity retailers don’t have to pay anything for electricity solar households export to the grid, but in most cases they do.

The following feed-in tariff rates are available in South-East Queensland, as of March 2024.

  • AGL: 5c per kilowatt hour – “Solar Savers” plan gives 10 cents for first 10kWh exported per day then 5 cents.
  • Diamond: 5.2 cents per kilowatt-hour
  • Energy Australia: 6.6 cents per kilowatt-hour – “Solar Max” plan gives 12 cents for first 15kWh exported per day then 6.6c.
  • Energy Locals: 6 cents per kilowatt-hour – “Online” and “Local Member” plans give 10.7 cents for first 10kWh exported per day then 6 cents.
  • Origin: 5 cents per kilowatt-hour – “Solar Boost” plan gives 12 cents for first 14kWh exported per day then 5 cents. (“Solar Boost Plus” is 17-20c for up to 2 years if you have bought a new solar system from Origin). 
  • Red Energy:  up to 8 cents per kilowatt-hour.

For the latest rates from these and other companies, try our electricity retailer comparison tool.

QLD electricity retailer plans with higher solar feed-in tariff rates won’t necessarily result in lowest electricity bills for solar households. Plans with more generous solar feed-in tariffs aren’t always the cheapest overall – our comparison tool can help you find what might be the best deal for you.

Regional Queenslanders Have A Fixed Feed-in Tariff

Solar owners in regional Queensland Ergon network area receive a fixed feed-in tariff.

For the 2022-23 financial year, the feed-in tariff rate was boosted 41% from 2021-22’s 6.583 cents  to 9.3 cents per kilowatt-hour.

For the 2023-24 financial year, the feed-in tariff rate has been set at 13.4 cents per kilowatt-hour – another big boost.

In regional Queensland, it used to be that the largest system you could have installed in order to qualify for feed-in tariffs was 5kW (inverter capacity). However, the limit was increased to 30 kW of total rated inverter capacity in September 2017.

Find Feed-In Tariffs And Compare Electricity Retailers

To find current solar FiT incentive rates offered by a wide variety of retailers in your part of Queensland, you can enter your postcode into this handy electricity retailer comparison tool.

Queensland’s Older And Higher Feed-In Tariffs

Queensland households and businesses that applied to install rooftop solar power systems before the 10th of July 2012 were eligible for the state’s Solar Bonus – a 44 cent feed-in tariff. Provided nothing is done to lose this high buyback incentive, it is locked in until the 1st of July 2028.

Keeping Your High Feed-In Tariff

In QLD, in order to maintain your high solar feed-in tariff rate, you have to stay where you are. If you move house, sell the home, rent it out, or change the name on the electricity account, you lose the high rate. The only exception is it can be transferred between spouses if one moves out of the house.

You cannot increase your solar inverter size, but you can replace it with a same-sized or smaller one. You’re also unable to add extra solar panels in a situation where they will exceed the rated capacity of your system’s inverter

If you close your electricity account, you also lose your high FiT, and the same applies if you are disconnected. If you can’t pay your electricity bills because of financial difficulties, losing your high solar feed-in tariff can make paying bills even more difficult.

For further rules and information about keeping your high feed-in tariff, see this page.

The easiest way to find a Queensland electricity retailer offering a good deal on FiT’s is to compare solar feed in tariffs using this tool.

QLD feed in tariff compare tool


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