Tariff Roof-Top Ground-Based BIPV Term
Australia
New South Wales <10kW = $0.6103
None
<10kW = $0.6103
None
7 years
Queensland <5kW = $0.0868
<5kW = A$0.08
<5kW = $0.0868
<5kW = A$0.08
20 years
South Australia <30kW = $0.5967
<30kW = A$0.076
<30kW = $0.5967
<30kW = A$0.076
20 years
Victoria <5kW = $0.6103
<100kW = A$0.08
<5kW = $0.6103
<100kW = A$0.08
15 years
Australian Capital Territory <200kW = $ 30.94 <200kW = $ 30.94 20 years
The Australian government has announced plans to establish a AUD$10 billion clean energy agency that will be responsible for providing financing for renewable energy, low-emissions and energy efficiency projects. The Australian authorities stipulate that by 2020 the country will receive 20% of total energy mix from renewable sources.

Updates

Update Feb 01, 2014

The new government has begun dismantling renewable energy policies at a federal level despite hitting 3.1GW of installed rooftop PV as 2013 ended.

It claims its new support for renewable energy and other low-carbon policies will last decades.

Update Apr 01, 2013

Nearly 2.5GW of PV capacity had been installed on just over one million domestic and business rooftops in Australia as of the end of March 2013, according to the country's Clean Energy Regulator which it ascribes the five-year boom (the country had just 20,000 PV systems in 2008) to government incentives and falling system costs.

Indeed, Queensland, the state with one of the more generous feed-in-tariff schemes, continues to have the lion’s share of installed capacity with approximately 771MW of PV power. New South Wales comes second with approximately 536MW.

According to figures from the CEC, 1,000,643 rooftop PV systems have been registered under the country’s Renewable Energy Target scheme. The Clean Energy Council’s CEO David Green said this translates to about 2.5 million Australians living in homes with solar panels.

Queensland Mar 01, 2013

Solar FiTs in Queensland could face drastic cuts after a report from the Australian state’s competition authority, the QCA, claimed they are increasing electricity prices.

The QCA, commissioned last year by the Queensland government last year to set a “fair and reasonable” FiT level for the state, maintained that the solar bonus scheme had been set too high when it was first introduced in 2008.

As a result it said the FiT would “sharply” increase electricity prices over the next three years and would end up costing A$3.4 billion by the time it comes to an end in 2028.

Update Dec 01, 2012

The Australian Climate Change Authority (CCA) has released a report suggesting a reduction on the small-scale renewable energy scheme (SRES) for solar PV from 100kW to 10kW, and a six-month consultation on the future of Australia's renewable energy target (RET) has additionally taken. The authority believes to constrain SRES-related costs to offset rising electricity prices and uncertainty for scheme participants.

Update Nov 01, 2012

The Australian federal government has announced the phase-out of its Solar Credits mechanismfor small-scale,residential installations six months ahead of schedule. The phase-out, which is effective from January 1 2013, comes shortly after the solar credit mechanism was reduced in July 2012.

Victoria Sep 01, 2012

Following recommendations published in an independent report conducted by Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC), the Victorian Coalition Government has announced a feed-in-tariff which is “sustainable, predictable and free from cross-subsidies”.

Under the new FiT programme — which has been extended beyond solar so that eligibility for the scheme includes other forms of renewable and low emission energy — Victorians installing a renewable energy system, including solar, of less than 100kW will be able to qualify for the new FiT from January 1, 2013, the Energy and Resources Minister, Michael O’Brien revealed.

Moreover, the rate set will be AUD$0.08 per kWh in 2013 for excess power exported to the grid. This is despite VCEC’s recommendation of a rate of between AUD$0.06 and AUD$0.08. The rate will be updated every year in line with the adjusted wholesale electricity rate.

Queensland Jul 01, 2012

On 9 July 2012, the Queensland Government reduced the feed-in tariff under the Solar Bonus Scheme from 44 cents per kWh to 8 cents per kWh. Existing participants will continue to receive the 44 cents per kWh feed-in tariff for electricity exports until 2028, provided they maintain their eligibility for the Scheme. Eligible customers who connected after 9 July 2012 will receive 8 cents per kWh.

Queensland Jun 01, 2012

The Campbell Newman government in the state of Queensland, Australia, has decided to reduce the feed-in tariffs by 80% on 25 July 2012.

From July 10, 2012, the Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme feed-in tariff will change from US$0.45/ kWh (AUD$0.44/kWh)  to US$0.82/kWh (AUD$0.8/kWh). Existing Scheme customers will continue to receive the higher tariff for energy exported to the grid provided they maintain their eligibility for the scheme.

Prospective customers wishing to access the higher tariff have until midnight on July 9, 2012, to lodge an application with their electricity distributor. The distributor will consider all applications against scheme eligibility criteria and their technical, safety and quality requirements.

The AUD$0.8/kWh tariff will begin on July 10, 2012 and be reviewed by July 1, 2013. It is scheduled to end on July 1, 2014.

Update Jun 01, 2012

The Australian Solar Industry has called on 19 June 2012 on the federal coalition government to back a national “Same Price for Solar” campaign. AuSES states: "A national fair price for solar would ensure Australian families are paid the same price for the power they produce from their solar panels as they have to pay for power from coal-fired power stations."

Update Apr 01, 2012

The Australian government has announced plans to establish a AUD$10 billion clean energy agency that will be responsible for providing financing for renewable energy, low-emissions and energy efficiency projects. The commercially oriented Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will focus on supporting large-scale projects with the intention of making a positive return on its investments. Projects that receive CEFC financing will be required to also obtain financing from the private sector.

Queensland Mar 01, 2012

Newly elected Queensland state premier Campbell Newman is rapidly moving ahead with his decision to abolish eight of Labor’s environment funds worth AUD$350 million. In addition to Labor’s environment funds, other programs on the hit list to lose its funding include Queensland Smart Energy Savings Fun, The Queensland Future Growth Fund, The Solar Initiatives Package, The Waste Avoidance and Resource Efficiency Fund and Local Government Sustainable Future Fund. There are also concerns that the AUD$75 million funding put towards Solar Dawn may also be withdrawn.

Southern Territory Dec 01, 2011

On June 23, 2011 changes were made to the program where new connections made under the scheme would receive $0.1627/kWh from October 2011, plus an electricity retailer contribution of $0.6103/kWh.

Under "The Electricity FiT Scheme-Solar Systems Amendment Act 2008" southern Australia will receive a guaranteed tariff rate of $0.3391/kWh for households and small businesses.

From July 1 2008, qualifying South Australian residents began receiving $0.434/kWh. On August 31 2010, Premier Mike Rann announced amendments to the scheme to increase the rate paid to $0.5289/kWh minimum. 

Victoria Dec 01, 2011

On September 1 2011, the Victorian Government announced the Premium FiT would be closed to new applications from the end of September 2011. The Government is establishing a new transitional scheme that pays 25c/kWh for surplus electricity. The new program will commence January 1, 2012 and will be available for 5 years.

Households in the state of Victoria with solar power systems have been paid a FiT from November 2009. Legislation for the Victorian FiT was introduced on March 10, 2009, then revised and passed on June 25, 2009.  

Under the program, Victorian households, community organizations and small businesses who consume less than 100MWh of electricity a year will be credited a minimum 60c ($0.5887) for every unused kWh of power fed back into the state electricity grid.

On July 21, the Victorian Government also announced new initiatives for medium and large-scale solar power installations.

Capital Territory Dec 01, 2011

In June 1, 2011, the Micro Generator category was closed as the installation capacity had been reached, however those who had entered into a contract to purchase a system or paid a deposit prior to this date were still be eligible for the program.

A Medium Generator category for medium scale solar installations greater than 30kW and up to 200kW is still active and like the Micro category has an allocated cap of 15MW. The Medium Generator category pays a rate of  $0.3526/kWh for electricity generated by a solar array.

The government is planning to introduce a large-scale generation feed-in tariff, with 40MW to be allocated to solar farm-scale projects by a reverse auction process in the next 12 months.

In July 2008, legislation was passed in the ACT's Legislative Assembly for a gross FiT to be implemented and originally paid 50.05c/kWh ($0.5108)  for systems up to 10kW capacity and 40.04c/kWh ($0.39) for up to 30kW capacity. The program was revised in April 2010; from 50.05c/kW to 45.7c/kWh ($0.434) for all systems up to 30kW capacity installed from July 1 and that price will remain in place for two years. All contracts are valid for 20 years from the date of contract.

In September 2010, the ACT government released details of a proposed expansion of its FiT scheme that may incorporate medium and large-scale generators, up to 200kW capacity and beyond.

In April 2011, the ACT Government announced the new medium-scale solar power payment percentage would remain set at 75% of the micro-generator category rate, a price of 34.27 c per kilowatt hour.

Western Dec 01, 2011

Western Australia's feed in tariff  installation quota has been reached and the program suspended for new connections. However, Synergy and Horizon Power will continue buying excess electricity fed into the grid from all residential solar power systems systems under the State Government’s Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme.

2011

On May 27, 2010, the Government revealed that the Residential Net FiT Scheme would take effect as of August 1, 2010 and pay a rate of 40c/kWh ($0.3924) for net electricity exported to the grid; in addition to any schemes offered by electricity retailers. 

Residential Net FiT Scheme participants will receive the premium rate for 10 years. Solar power systems will be limited in size to 5kW for Synergy customers and 10kW per phase (30kW in total) for Horizon Power customers. 

Northern Territory Dec 01, 2011

Customers under the Alice Springs Solar City initiative receive $0.5289/kWh, still capped at $5.1265/day, but that rate is only for existing customers under the initiative. The funding has been fully allocated now, so no new customers can receive this rate.

For new connections, residential customers wiil receive $0.1899/kWh, commercial installations, $0.2306/kWh and commercial time-of-use customers will receive $0.2984/kWh peak and off-peak $0.1627/kWh.

2011

Alice Springs residents can receive a net FiT rate of $0.4476/kWh produced. In other areas of the Northern Territory, the rate is $0.1356c. Residents are able to sell all the solar electricity they generate back to Power and Water Corporation at $0.4476/kWh, which is more than double the cost of purchasing electricity from the grid.

Tasmania Dec 01, 2011

The current FiT rate for Tasmania solar power production is 20c/kWh ($0.1962), but there have been moves to introduce a gross FiT in the state soon.

Queensland Dec 01, 2011

The Queensland Government Solar Bonus Scheme commenced on 1 July 2008. Grid connect solar owners participating in the scheme were eligible to be paid $0.44/kWh (€0.317976) for surplus electricity fed into the grid.

New South Wales Dec 01, 2011

From June 14, 2011 the Solar Bonus Scheme was closed to new applications. The NSW government says net metering will be available and recommends consumers research energy retailers offering separate financial incentives for customers with solar power systems.

Customers eligible for the $0.61/kWh tariff will see their tariff rate reduced to $0.40/kWh from July 1, 2011 for the remainder of the scheme. Those on the $0.20/kWh tariff will see no change.

November 9, 2010, the Government made a decision to switch from a net scheme to the gross model where 60c/KWh = $0.58.

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