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Solar Tariffs & Rebates

Tariffs & Rebates

Feed In Tariff (FIT) - QLD

The current Queensland net feed in tariff (FIT) allows you to be paid $0.08c or $0.44c depending upon the scheme you are on for every kilowatt hour kW/h exported to the power grid from you PV solar system. Both Origin and AGL offer an additional incentive on top of the FIT.

The energy consumption in your home will be taking its power first from your solar system. If your home's energy consumption is less than your system’s kW/h output, the balance is fed to the grid. If your energy consumption is higher than your PV system’s generation, your home will also take energy from the grid.

GREAT NEWS!!! It is a win-win either way! For every kW/h your home consumes from your system, you save the amount equal to the fee you are charged per kW/h by your energy retailer. If your consumption is lower you feed the balance to the grid and you get paid the FIT for anything you export.

If you are investing in a solar system the key performance measure is kWh out for kW installed. Don’t be fooled by the efficiency rating on a panel as this relates to the highest efficiency per surface area in real world conditions. This is only useful to know if you have limited roof space.

Current Rebates

Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STC’s)

Solar Credits are provided in the form of STCs, for people who have installed a new and eligible solar PV system (or other small generation unit). The Solar Credits multiplier applies to the first 1.5 kilowatts (kW) of capacity of the system installed for systems connected to a main electricity grid and up to the first 20 kW of capacity for off-grid systems. There is no cap on the number of STCs that can be created.

The Clean Energy Regulator has established a voluntary 'Clearing House' as a central point for the transfer of STCs at $40. However, there is no guarantee around the timing of sale through the Clearing House, so system suppliers often choose to manage the risk of delays in finding a buyer in the Clearing House by selling the STCs on the market outside the clearing house, generally at a lower price which depends on supply and demand in the market.

The level of support provided by Solar Credits depends on the location and size of the system and the price of STCs. Households considering installing solar PV systems are encouraged to shop around for the best deal on their solar PV system.

The number of Solar Credits created for a system will depend on the amount of renewable energy the system generates. For practical purposes in allocating certificates for small-scale solar panels installations, four separate solar zones have been identified. For the purpose of allocating Solar Credits all installations in a zone are taken to receive the same amount of renewable energy. For example: solar PV systems in zone 3 which includes Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra will create the same number of STCs and potentially receive a similar level of support,the same sized system installed in zone 4, which includes Melbourne and Hobart, will receive fewer STCs as these areas have less sunshine so less renewable energy is produced.

Generally when installing solar PV systems, owners transfer the right to create STCs to their solar panel supplier in return for a discount on the price of the system being installed. In this case households considering installing solar PV systems are encouraged to shop around for the best deal on their solar PV system.

Owners of eligible solar PV systems can access Solar Credits. Owners can do this directly or through an agent by applying to the Clean Energy Regulator any time within 12 months following the date of installation. Further information on accessing Solar Credits directly is available from the Clean Energy Regulator.

The eligibility rules are prescribed in the RET scheme regulations, administered by the Clean Energy Regulator.

  • The rules are:
    1. The system must be a new and complete unit.
    2. No more than one system at an eligible premises (address) is entitled to Solar Credits.
    3. The system must be installed at an eligible premises. Examples include houses, townhouses, residential apartments and shops.
    4. Solar Credits may only be created once for a particular installation, irrespective of whether the certificates are created for a 1-year, 5-year, or 15-year deeming period.
    5. The system must have been installed no more than 12 months prior to the date of application for Solar Credits.
    6. A premises receiving a grant or rebate under the Solar Homes and Communities Plan, the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program or the National Solar Schools Program is not entitled to Solar Credits.
    7. The system must be an eligible ‘small generation unit’; being a solar PV system of up to 100 kW capacity; a small wind turbine of up to 10 kW capacity or a micro-hydro system of up to 6.4 kW capacity.

    NOTE In Queensland the maximum size of residential solar PV system that can be installed is 5kW and this is based on the size of your inverter.

    Click here to find out how many STC’s you may be eligible for?