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Solar feed-in payments

You may be able to get paid for any excess electricity your solar photovoltaic (PV) system exports to the electricity grid.

To be eligible for solar feed-in payments, you need to consume less than 160 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity a year (the average household uses less than 10MWh a year) and the solar PV system needs to:

  • meet relevant Australian safety standards. All accredited installers will comply with these requirements
  • be connected to the electricity grid via an import/export meter, which SA Power Networks will install at your cost
  • have a maximum output of 10 kVA for homes with single phase or 30 kVA for homes with three-phase electricity. Ask your solar installer about the output levels of your system if you are unsure.

Feed-in payment amounts

There are two types of feed-in tariffs available:

  1. The retailer feed-in tariff is available to anyone with an eligible solar PV system. The amount you may receive per kilowatt-hour (kWh) your system feeds into the grid varies between different electricity retailers.
  2. The distributor feed-in tariff, also known as the solar feed-in scheme, is only available for eligible solar PV systems that were connected to the grid before 30 September 2011.

Any payments your system earns will get credited to your electricity account by your electricity retailer.

The feed-in tariff your solar PV system may be eligible for depends on the date SA Power Networks gave permission to connect the system to the main electricity grid.

Connection approved any time
after 1 October 2013

You may be able to get a retailer feed-in tariff for any excess electricity your solar PV system exports to the grid.

The amount you may receive per kWh varies between electricity retailers. Contact your electricity retailer to confirm what tariff you receive, or visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy comparison website to compare electricity offers available in South Australia.

Connection approved between
1 October 2011 and
30 September 2013

You may be able to get a retailer feed-in tariff for any excess electricity your solar PV system exports to the grid.

The amount you may receive per kWh varies between electricity retailers. Contact your electricity retailer to confirm what tariff you receive, or visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy comparison website to compare electricity offers available in South Australia.

When the system was originally connected, you may have received 16c/kWh distributor feed-in tariff as well as a retailer feed-in tariff. As advertised at the time, the 16c/kWh distributor feed-in tariff ended on 30 September 2016.

Connection approved between
1 September 2010 and
30 September 2011

You may be able to get a retailer feed-in tariff and a 44c/kWh distributor feed-in tariff for any excess electricity your solar PV system exports to the grid.

The amount you may receive per kWh for the retailer feed-in tariff varies between electricity retailers. Contact your electricity retailer to confirm what tariff you receive, or visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy comparison website to compare electricity offers available in South Australia.

The distributor feed-in tariff applies to the first 45kWh your system exports each day.

If you do not upgrade or alter your system, your 44c/kWh distributor tariff will continue until 30 June 2028.

Upgrades and alterations

If you upgraded your system before 30 September 2013, your distributor feed-in tariff would have dropped from 44c/kWh to 16c/kWh. As advertised at the time, the 16c/kWh distributor feed-in tariff ended on 30 September 2016.

Any changes you may to your solar PV system may affect your eligibility for the 44c/kWh distributor feed-in tariff, but you may still be able to receive a retailer feed-in tariff.

When SA Power Networks gives permission to connect a solar PV system to the grid, they record the peak capacity of the system – if you’re not sure what that is, contact SA Power Networks on 1300 665 913 or seg@sapowernetworks.com.au. You can install panels up to the approved peak capacity without affecting your distributor feed-in tariff.

You may be able to replace your panels, inverter or other components of your system, as long as you stay within your approved peak capacity and in line with the terms and conditions of your permission to connect. If you need to replace any components of your solar PV system, contact SA Power Networks before you do any work to see if the changes will affect your distributor feed-in tariff.

If you’re planning to demolish and build a new home, subdivide land, change or replace your meter, or alter your connection to the grid in any other way, it may affect your eligibility for solar feed-in tariffs. Before you make any changes, contact SA Power Networks to discuss how making changes may affect you.

Connection approved between
1 July 2008 and
31 August 2010

You may be able to get a retailer feed-in tariff and a 44c/kWh distributor feed-in tariff for any excess electricity your solar PV system exports to the grid.

The amount you may receive per kWh for the retailer feed-in tariff varies between electricity retailers. Contact your electricity retailer to confirm what tariff you receive, or visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy comparison website to compare electricity offers available in South Australia.

If you do not upgrade or alter your system, your 44c/kWh distributor tariff will continue until 30 June 2028.

Upgrades and alterations

Any changes you may to your solar PV system may affect your eligibility for the 44c/kWh distributor feed-in tariff, but you may still be able to receive a retailer feed-in tariff.

When SA Power Networks gives permission to connect a solar PV system to the grid, they record the peak capacity of the system – if you’re not sure what that is, contact SA Power Networks on 1300 665 913 or seg@sapowernetworks.com.au. You can install panels up to the approved peak capacity without affecting your distributor feed-in tariff.

You may be able to replace your panels, inverter or other components of your system, as long as you stay within your approved peak capacity and in line with the terms and conditions of your permission to connect. If you need to replace any components of your solar PV system, contact SA Power Networks before you do any work to see if the changes will affect your distributor feed-in tariff.

If you’re planning to demolish and build a new home, subdivide land, change or replace your meter, or alter your connection to the grid in any other way, it may affect your eligibility for solar feed-in tariffs. Before you make any changes, contact SA Power Networks to discuss how making changes may affect you.

Switching electricity retailers

Before switching retailers, check the new retailer knows you have a solar PV system and is willing to accept you as a customer. Not all retailers have contracts for solar customers. As long as your new retailer has agreed, you will continue to receive your solar feed-in payments.

Visit Energy Made Easy to compare solar offers from different retailers.

Solar PV systems at rental properties

Any feed-in payments a solar PV system is eligible for are paid to the electricity account holder.

If the electricity account is in the landlord’s name, the payments will be credited to the landlord. If the tenant has the electricity account in their name, the payments will be credited to the tenant’s account.

If you are a tenant and the electricity account is in the landlord’s name, make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities.

Moving house

If you are moving out of your home, your solar PV system's eligibility for solar feed-in payments will be available to the new occupant, assuming they meet the eligibility criteria. You cannot take your payment amounts with you, as they belong to the address of the solar PV system.

If you move to an address with a solar PV system installed, you may be able to get solar feed-in payments for the excess electricity it feeds into the grid. When you sign up for a new electricity account at your new address, ask your retailer what feed-in tariff you may receive.

To confirm feed-in scheme eligibility dates for your current address or to enquire about eligibility of your new address, contact SA Power Networks on 1300 665 913 or seg@sapowernetworks.com.au

Adding battery storage or other renewable generators

Speak to your electricity retailer about how adding energy storage or another gird-connected renewable generator may affect your specific circumstances. The offers electricity retailers have for customers with battery storage vary between retailers – ­visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy comparison website for a list of energy retailers operating in South Australia.

If your solar PV system was connected to the grid before 30 September 2011 and you receive the 44c/kWh distributor feed-in tariff, you will stop receiving it if you install an energy storage device (e.g. battery storage) or another grid-connected renewable generator. This is because it is not possible to distinguish between the electricity fed into the grid from the solar PV system and a storage device or generator. You may still be able to receive a retailer feed-in tariff, so speak with your electricity retailer about your specific situation.


Related information

On this site

Energy efficient home design – solar PV systems

Other websites

Legislation

Contact

If you have any queries about your electricity bill or payments for the electricity your system generates, contact your electricity retailer.

For any technical installation issues, contact your installer or a licensed electrician.

Connection and system capacity enquiries

Contact SA Power Networks on 1300 665 913 or seg@sapowernetworks.com.au

General information about solar PV systems

Contact the Energy Advisory Service


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Page last updated 19 October 2017

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