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Solar feed-in payments

You may be able to get paid for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of excess electricity your solar photovoltaic (PV) system exports to the electricity grid.

There are two types of feed-in tariff

The feed-in tariff/s you may receive depends on the date SA Power Networks gave permission to connect the system to the main electricity grid.

  1. The retailer feed-in tariff is available to anyone with an eligible solar PV system.
  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.

When was your connection approved?

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, which varies between electricity retailers.

Contact your electricity retailer to confirm what tariff you receive, or visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy website to compare electricity offers available in South Australia.

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, which varies between electricity retailers.

Contact your electricity retailer to confirm what tariff you receive, or visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy website to compare electricity offers available in South Australia.

If you received 16c per kWh distributor feed-in tariff when your system was originally connected, that ended on 30 September 2016, as advertised at the time.

Between 1 September 2010 and
30 September 2011

You may be able to get:

  • a retailer feed-in tariff, which varies between electricity retailers
    plus
  • the distributor feed-in tariff, which is fixed at 44c per kWh.

Contact your electricity retailer to confirm what tariff you receive, or visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy website to compare electricity offers available in South Australia.

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

If you have more than one system on your property, only the one servicing the part of your property that uses the most electricity will be able to receive the distributor feed-in tariff. SA Power Networks decides which system is eligible.

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

Between 1 July 2008 and
31 August 2010

You may be able to get:

  • a retailer feed-in tariff, which varies between electricity retailers
    plus
  • the distributor feed-in tariff, which is fixed at 44c per kWh.

Contact your electricity retailer to confirm what tariff you receive, or visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy website to compare electricity offers available in South Australia.

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

Things that can affect payments

System eligibility

Households, small businesses, community buildings and churches with solar PV systems who consume less than 160 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity a year (the average household uses less than 10 MWh a year) may be eligible for solar feed-in payments.

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.

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.

Living at a rental property

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 retailer feed-in tariff you may receive. Your retailer can also check when the system was installed and whether it is eligible for a distributor feed-in tariff.

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

If you receive the 44c per kWh distributor feed-in tariff, you will stop receiving it if you install an energy storage device (eg 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.

Anyone who installs battery storage or a renewable generator may be able to receive a retailer feed-in tariff. Electricity retailers have a variety of energy offers for customers with battery storage or renewable generation – visit the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy website to compare offers available in South Australia.

Repairs and alterations

If you receive the 44c per kWh distributor feed-in tariff, any changes you make to your solar PV system may affect your eligibility for it. You may still be able to receive a retailer feed-in tariff.

Repairs and maintenance

You may be able to replace your panels, inverter or other components of your system, 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 on 1300 665 913 or seg@sapowernetworks.com.au before you do any work to see if the changes will affect your distributor feed-in tariff.

Altering your grid connection

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.

Virtual Power Plant

The state government has unveiled a plan to roll out a network of at least 50,000 home solar and battery systems across South Australia, working together to form the world's largest Virtual Power Plant.

Beginning with a trial of 1,100 Housing Trust properties, a 5 kW solar panel system and 13.5 kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery will be installed at no charge to the household and financed through the sale of electricity.

Following the trial, which has now commenced, systems are set to be installed at a further 24,000 Housing Trust properties, and then a similar deal offered to all South Australian households, with a plan for at least 50,000 households to participate over the next four years.

For more information about the Virtual Power Plant and to also register your interest, please visit: www.virtualpowerplant.sa.gov.au.

South Australia’s Home Battery Scheme

From October 2018, 40,000 South Australian households can access $100 million in State Government subsidies and $100 million in loans to pay for the installation of home battery systems.

The subsidy is available to all South Australians, however, Energy Concession Holders are eligible to access a higher subsidy, ensuring low-income households are supported to access the Scheme.

Home Battery Scheme subsidy levels

While the subsidy is applied to the battery component only, participating households can apply for finance available through the Commonwealth Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, to help pay for the balance of the battery and to purchase new or additional solar panels if required.

The subsidy is calculated on the kilowatt hour capacity of the battery being installed.

Energy concession holder

All other households

$600.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh)

$500.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh)

The subsidy will vary depending on the size of the system but is capped at $6,000 per battery installed.

A set of minimum technical requirements for battery systems has been developed to ensure the batteries are safe, reliable and capable of being linked into a virtual power plant.

The ability to aggregate home battery systems - either now or at a future point in time - creates opportunities to address network issues and smooth loads by balancing out peak power demands.

Households are able to choose whether or not their home battery system operates as part of a virtual power plant.

Further information

The www.homebatteryscheme.sa.gov.au website will help you decide if a home battery system is suitable for you, and to choose between approved products and system providers, access the subsidy and apply for finance, if required. You can also phone 8463 3555 for more information


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