Solar feed-in tariffs and rates
Solar energy from your rooftop PV panels can save you money, as you’re generating some (or all) of the energy you use.
What if you generate more electricity than you use?
That’s where feed-in tariffs come in.
A feed-in tariff is a payment you’ll receive for any extra solar energy you generate that goes back into the electricity grid.
The excess electricity your solar panels generate appears as credit on your electricity bill and is deducted from the total amount you owe.
Feed-in payment amounts and eligibility will depend on the amount you feed back in to the grid and the state you live in. Simply click on your state of residence below for more information.
Apply for a feed-in tariff credit refund
If your solar feed-in tariffs are more than your electricity usage and your bill shows you are in credit, you may be eligible for a refund.
Requesting a refund is now simpler and faster with our online refund request form.
Solar feed-in tariffs by state/territory
Current Simply Energy Feed-in Tariff: 8c/kWh.
Find out more at the ACT Government website
New South Wales
Current Simply Energy Feed-in Tariff: 8c/kWh
For information: www.energysaver.nsw.gov.au
Simply Energy Standard Feed-in Tariff (FIT): 10c/kWh
For information on eligible and compliant systems for the current Feed-in Tariff see www.qld.gov.au.
Solar Bonus Scheme Feed-in Tariff: 44c/kWh (scheme closed to new entrants from 9 July 2012)
- Switching retailers: If you have an eligible system and currently receive the Solar Bonus Scheme Feed-in Tariff with another retailer, you will continue to receive this feed-in tariff with Simply Energy.
- The scheme is payable until 1 July 2028, providing eligibility criteria are met.
You will lose eligibility for the Solar Bonus Scheme Feed-in Tariff if you:
- Move house (as this will result in a new electricity account holder for the premises).
- Sell or let your house (if this results in a new electricity account holder for the premises).
- Increase your inverter capacity (size).
- Close your electricity account.
- Are disconnected (e.g. because you fail to pay a bill or breach a contract).
- Add extra capacity (panels) that exceeds the rated capacity of your system’s inverter.
- Use alternative energy sources, such as other generators or batteries, when the system receiving the 44cent feed-in tariff is operating (unless alternative sources have separate connections to the network).
Visit the Solar Bonus Scheme page on the Queensland Government website for more information.
Simply Energy Standard Feed-in Tariff (FIT): 10c/kWh (from 5 Oct 2020)
Distributor Feed-in Tariff (DFIT): 44c/kWh (scheme closed to new entrants from 30 September 2011)
- Households, small businesses, community buildings or churches with a solar PV system who consumes less than 160 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity a year.
- Switching retailers: If you have an eligible system and currently receive the DFIT with another retailer, you will continue to receive this feed-in tariff with Simply Energy.
- Maximum output: 10 kVA for homes with single phase or 30 kVA for homes with three-phase electricity.
- Important dates:
- If your system was approved to be connected by 31 August 10 and was installed with an approved meter by 29 January 12, you should be eligible for 59c/kWh (DFIT plus Simple Energy FIT) for every kWh exported to the grid.
- If your system was approved by between the 1 September 10 and 30 September 11 and the system was installed with an approved meter by 8 February 12, you should be eligible for 59c/kWh (DFIT plus Simple Energy FIT) for the first 45kWh exported each day. You will receive 15c/kWh for any additional kWh exported.
- Moving house: The DFIT tariff is linked to the property where the solar PV system is installed. When moving to a new house you cannot take the DFIT payments with you. The property will remain eligible for the scheme until 30 June 2028, even if the house is sold and new residents move in.
For information on eligibility and compliant systems for the current Standard Feed-in Tariff and Distributor Feed-in Tariff, visit www.sa.gov.au.
Simply Energy Standard Feed-in Tariff (FIT): 10.2c/kWh (from 7 Sept 2020)
Standard FIT eligibility:
- The Standard FIT is available to solar and other eligible forms of renewable energy, such as wind, hydro or biomass, with a system size of less than 100 kilowatts.
- You must have bi-directional metering in place that measures two-way electricity flows and records them on a half-hourly basis.
Premium Feed-in Tariff (PFIT): 60c/kWh (scheme closed to new entrants from 29 December 2011)
- You entered PFIT before 29 December 2011
- You have a small-scale solar system of 5 kilowatts or less.
- Adding solar panels: If you install additional solar panels, you will not be eligible to continue receiving the PFIT rate even if the overall system size remains 5 kilowatts or under.
- Moving house: The PFIT tariff is linked to the property where the solar panels are installed. When moving to a new house you cannot take the PFIT with you. The property will remain eligible for the scheme until 2024, even if the house is sold and new residents move in.
- Switching retailers and PFIT: If you have an eligible system and currently receive the PFIT with another retailer, you will continue to receive the PFIT when you switch to Simply Energy.
For more information on feed-in tariffs in Victoria, visit www.energy.vic.gov.au
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