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Feed-in Schemes & Contracts for Small-scale Generation

Feed-in payments are the payments made to customers for the energy they feed into the electricity grid. Many customers with small-scale generation (such as rooftop solar photovoltaic panels) at times generate more electricity than they are using. This surplus electricity is fed in to the grid, and the customer may be eligible for a Feed-in payment for it. An eligible customer receives these payments as credits on their bill.

To find out more about available Feed-in tariffs, please call Simply Energy on 13 88 08.

Feed-in payments and eligibility can be different for each state. Information for each state is provided below.

Feed-in tariffs

ACT

Current Simply Energy Feed-in Tariff: 8c/kWh.

Renewable Energy Premium Feed-in Tariff: (scheme closed to new entrants from 13 July 11)

  1. 50.05c/kWh Generator capacity up to 10kW for applications approved 1 March 09 to 30 June 10.
  2. 45.7/kWh Generator capacity up to 30kW, applications approved 1 July 10 to 31 May 11.
  3. 40.04c/kWh Generator capacity between 10 to 30kW, applications approved 1 March 09 to 30 June 10.
  4. 34.27c/kWh Generator capacity between 30 to 200kW for applications approved 7 March 11 to 11 July 11.
  5. 30.16c/kWh Generator capacity up to 200kW for applications approved 12 July 11 to 13 July 11.

If you have an eligible system and currently receive the Renewable Energy Premium Feed-in Tariff with another retailer, you will continue to receive this Feed-in Tariff with Simply Energy.

  1. Compliant renewable energy generators that met the eligibility criteria under the Feed-in Act remain eligible for the premium rate feed-in tariff payable under this scheme for a period of 20 years from the date of connection.
  2. Under the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008, a new owner or tenant of a property with an existing eligible installation should be entitled to a feed-in tariff for the remaining portion of the original contract while they occupy the property or own the system.

ACT 1 for 1 Feed-in Tariff: $1.00/kWh

If you have an eligible system and currently receive the ACT 1 for 1 Feed-in Tariff with another retailer, you will continue to receive this Feed-in Tariff with Simply Energy.

New South Wales

Current Simply Energy Feed-in Tariff: 8c/kWh

For information: www.energysaver.nsw.gov.au

Queensland

Current Simply Energy Feed-in Tariff: 10c/kWh.

To export electricity you must meet the technical requirements set by the electricity distributor (Energex) for connection of your solar system to the grid. To be eligible for the FiT you must have a network connection agreement in place with Energex.

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 12).

If you have an eligible system and currently receive the Solar Bonus Scheme Feed-in Tariff with another retailer, you will continue to receive your solar Feed-in payments with Simply Energy.

You will lose eligibility for the 44 cent feed-in tariff if you:

  1. move house (as this will result in a new electricity account holder for the premises)
  2. sell or let your house (if this results in a new electricity account holder for the premises)
  3. increase your inverter capacity (size)
  4. close your electricity account
  5. are disconnected (for example, because you fail to pay a bill or breach a contract)
  6. add extra capacity (panels) which exceeds the rated capacity of your system’s inverter
  7. 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).

For information on eligibility for the Solar Bonus Scheme 44c/kWh Feed-in tariff (closed to new entrants 9 July 12) see www.qld.gov.au.

South Australia

Current Simply Energy Feed-in Tariff: 15c/kWh.

Distributor Feed-in Tariff: 44c/kWh (scheme closed to new entrants from 30 September 11).

If you have an eligible system and currently receive the Distributor Feed-in Tariff with another retailer, you will continue to receive this Feed-in Tariff with Simply Energy.

Customers eligible to receive one or both of the above Feed-in Tariffs include households, small businesses, community buildings and churches with solar PV systems who consume less than 160 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity a year.

An eligible system needs to have a maximum output of 10 kVA for homes with single phase or 30 kVA for homes with three-phase electricity 

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 (Distributor Feed-in Tariff plus Simple Energy Feed-in Tariff) 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 (Distributor Feed-in Tariff plus Simple Energy Feed-in Tariff) for the first 45kWh exported each day. You will receive 15c/kWh for any additional kWh exported.

For information on eligible and compliant systems for the Current Feed-in Tariff and Distributor Feed-in Tariff see www.sa.gov.au.

Victoria

Current Simply Energy Feed-in Tariff: 10.20C/kWh.

The Current Feed-in Tariff is available to solar and other eligible forms of renewable energy, such as wind, hydro or biomass, with a system size less than 100 kilowatts. 

To be considered for the feed-in tariff, you must:

  • have a renewable energy system of less than 100 kilowatts generating capacity in size
  • have bi-directional metering in place that measures two-way electricity flows and records them on a half hourly basis

For information on eligible and compliant systems for the current Feed-in Tariff see www.energy.vic.gov.au.

Premium Feed-in Tariff (PFIT): 60c/kWh (scheme closed to new entrants from 29 December 11).

If you have an eligible system and currently receive the Premium Feed-in Tariff with another retailer, you will continue to receive this Feed-in Tariff with Simply Energy.

You will be considered ineligible to continue receiving the premium rate if you install additional solar panels, even if the overall system size remains 5 kilowatts or under.

The PFIT tariff is linked to the property where the solar panels are installed, so when moving 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.

For information on eligible and compliant systems for the Premium Feed-in Tariff (Closed to new entrants from 29 December 11) www.energy.vic.gov.au.