Solar Bonus Scheme
NSW’s gross feed-in tariff can appear difficult to understand, but it’s relatively simple. For consumers keen on exploring their clean energy options, here are the basics.
How It Works: Under a gross feed-in tariff, households are paid for every single kWh of energy they generate. This compares to net feed-intariffs, used in all other states where the consumer is only paid or credited for the excess generated electricity that is exported to the national electricity grid.
Transitional arrangements: To receive the scheme’s gross tariff, consumers need to have “gross metering” to measure the total amount of renewable electricity generated.
Most consumers with a small-scale renewable energy generators in Integral Energy’s area have gross metering, whereas consumers in CountryEnergy and Energy Australia network areas should be aware they initially had “net metering”.
Receiving payments: All electricity retailers are required to provide eligible customers with either a Solar Rebate Scheme credit on their electricity bill of a cash payment representing this amount. How a customer receives their Solar Rebate Scheme benefit is at the discretion of the retailer.
Eligibility: Customers with an annual electricity consumption of up to 160mWh are eligible to participate in the Solar Rebate Scheme.
Technology: Solar photovoltaic systems up to 10 kW in size are eligible for the NSW gross feed-in tariff. A standard solar system is around 1.5kW and can generate around 2500kWh of solar energy a year. Wind turbines up to 10kW are also eligible to be paid the feed-in tariff. The tariff is payable to small retail customers (whose electricity consumption does not exceed 160mWh per annum).
Contact us if you would like for us to give you a quote on a design and build of a suitable system for your house.