Solar Bonus Scheme 44c feed-in tariff
The Solar Bonus Scheme offering a 44 cent feed-in tariff is not available to new customers.
If you currently receive this tariff rate (and maintain your eligibility) you will receive this rate until its expiry date on 1 July 2028.
How to maintain your eligibility
To maintain eligibility for the 44 cent feed-in tariff, you need to:
- consume less than 100 megawatt-hours of electricity a year (the average home uses approximately 6.1 megawatt-hours a year)
- maintain an electricity account with an electricity retailer for the premises where the solar power system is installed
- operate an existing system that is connected to a distribution network in a net metered arrangement with an inverter size not exceeding the capacity approved by your electricity distributor
- have a network connection agreement in place with an electricity distributor
- remain the electricity account holder for the premises where the system is connected (you may transfer your electricity account into the name of your spouse or add their name to your electricity account or remove a name from your electricity account)
- ensure that the name on your account doesn't change if you change to another electricity retailer
- ensure you replace any component with a like-for-like part
- check with your electricity distributor before adding extra panels, systems or batteries – you can add solar panels to your system to increase your system size up to the size of your inverter (your system must comply with the relevant Australian Standards)
- replace your inverter with one of the same, or smaller size
- only use alternative sources of energy (e.g. other generators or batteries) when the system receiving the 44 cent feed-in tariff is not operating (i.e. at night or during blackouts), or arrange for a separate connection for additional generators or batteries.
You will lose eligibility for the 44 cent 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 (i.e. the size)
- close your electricity account
- are disconnected (e.g. because you fail to pay a bill or breach a contract)
- add extra capacity (i.e. panels) which exceeds the rated capacity of your system’s inverter
- use alternative energy sources, (e.g. other generators or batteries) when the system receiving the 44 cent feed-in tariff is operating (unless alternative sources have separate connections to the network)
- transfer your electricity account into any other name (other than your spouse)
- add any other name to your electricity account (other than your spouse)
- replace your inverter with a larger inverter.
Eligibility when moving or renting your house
If you are selling or renting your house and there is a new electricity account holder, the new owner or tenant will not receive the 44 cent feed-in tariff unless the new owner or tenant is your spouse. They will have to speak to their electricity retailer to organise a new feed-in tariff.
You can't take your system with you and continue to receive the same feed-in tariff.
Selling or renting a house with a small solar power system
The feed-in tariff is paid to the customer who holds the electricity account for the premises. If your property was rented when you applied for the 44 cent feed-in tariff and your tenant held the electricity account at that time, the tenant will receive the feed-in tariff.
If you rent the property to a new tenant (which results in the name on the electricity account changing) the eligibility for the 44 cent feed-in tariff will lapse from the date when the account name changes.
Selling or renting a house with a large solar power system outside South East Queensland
If you operate a system of greater than 5 kilowatts, and you live outside South East Queensland and your electricity is supplied by Ergon Energy, changing the electricity account over to anyone other than your spouse means that the 44 cent feed-in tariff lapses.
The new owner or tenant should discuss a feed-in tariff with their electricity retailer when they set up their electricity account for the property.
Lost your eligibility?
In some circumstances, name changes on an electricity account may cause you to be removed from the Solar Bonus Scheme in error. Check your electricity bill after any account changes to ensure the correct feed-in tariff is applied.
If you believe this has happened, contact your electricity distributor for a review.
If you have been removed from the 44 cent feed-in tariff incorrectly, the distributor will restore and backdate the tariff.
- The electricity distributor for South East Queensland is Energex.
- The electricity distributors for regional Queensland are Ergon Energy, or Origin Energy if you're connected to the Essential Energy network.
Several changes have been made to the Solar Bonus Scheme since it began in 2008. The Solar Bonus Scheme guideline (PDF, 310KB) provides information about the history and rules of the 44 cent feed-in tariff.
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