FAQs: Solar feed in Tariff

  • What is a feed-in tariff?

    A feed-in tariff is a rate of payment made by an electricity retailer such as Aurora Energy to a customer who ‘feeds’ electricity back into the grid. Most customers with rooftop solar systems feed some electricity back into the grid each day.

    For further information visit the Tasmanian Economic Regulator website on feed-in tariffs (external link).

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  • How are customers paid their feed-in tariff (FiT)?

    In Tasmania, a customer will see their feed-in tariffs as a deduction on their electricity bill. This is clearly marked on their account with a minus figure as a deduction from their total amount due. It shows the amount of kilowatts exported back into the grid and this is converted to a dollar deduction. In some cases, the total value of the electricity exported back into grid can exceed the value of the electricity imported from the grid. If this occurs, the customer’s account is in credit and will only be refunded on the customer’s request.

    See how grid connect charges will show on your bill.

    For further information visit the Tasmanian Economic Regulator website on feed-in tariffs (external link).

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  • What is the feed-in tariff (FiT) for the solar energy I export?

    The rate at which Aurora Energy buys back the excess energy you produce depends on the size of your solar system and whether you are a business customer or a residential customer. It also depends on whether you are eligible for the Legacy FiT rate or the standard FiT rate.

    Residential

    Legacy feed-in (X1I) – 110:  28.283 cents per kW. Fixed rate until 31 December 2018.

    This rate applies to customers that have met the eligibility criteria for the Legacy feed-in tariff. View the eligibility criteria.

    Standard feed-in (X4I) – 140:  6.671 cents per kWh (GST exclusive) as at 1 July 2016.

    This rate applies to all other small customers with a solar system with a single phase connection up to 10kW or a solar system with a 3 phase connection up to 30kW; move into a premises that has solar connected; or who lose their eligibility for the Legacy rate.

    Business

    Legacy feed-in (X2I) – 120:  First 500 kW per quarter is 38.577 cents per kW, and the remainder is 28.319 cents per kW. Fixed rate until 31 December 2018.

    This rate applies to customers that have met the eligibility criteria for the Legacy feed-in tariff. View the eligibility criteria

    Standard feed-in (X51) – 150:  6.671 cents per kWh (GST exclusive) as at 1 July 2016.

    This rate applies to all other small customers with a solar system with a single phase connection up to 10kW or a solar system with a 3 phase connection up to 30kW; move into a premises that has solar connected; or who lose their eligibility for the Legacy rate.

    Non-Qualifying feed-in (X6I) – 160
    If you have this tariff, please contact Aurora Energy on 1300 13 2003 to discuss your FiT rate.

    For further information visit the Tasmanian Economic Regulator website on feed-in tariffs (external link).

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  • I receive the Legacy Feed-in-Tariff. Do I have to do anything to keep receiving it?

    You are not required to do anything.

    This current feed-in tariff rate until 31 December 2018, subject to them meeting ongoing eligibility requirement. This provides these customers with price certainty for an additional five years.

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  • Can I lose eligibility for the Legacy FiT?

    There are rules to follow to ensure that you maintain eligibility. These rules include:

    • You need to stay at your current address.
    • The account needs to stay in your name or your spouse's name.
    • You cannot upgrade your system (unless you applied for the upgrade on or before 30 August 2013 and your application was accepted).
    • Should you decide to change and amend your original application with a lower capacity system you will continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

    Eligibility is not affected by moving between retailers following the introduction of full retail competition on 1 July 2014.

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  • Can eligibility for the Legacy feed-in tariff be transferred if I move house or business premises?

    No, eligibility is not transferrable. Eligibility for the Legacy feed-in tariff relies on the customer maintaining an electricity account at their current premises in their name, or their spouse’s name. In other words, if you move house you will no longer be eligible for the Legacy feed-in tariff, even if you decide to take your system with you.

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  • What if I move to a house with an existing solar system and the previous owner was receiving the Legacy feed-in tariff. Will I be eligible too?

    No, eligibility is not transferrable to customers ‘moving in’. But if it is an eligible system the customer will be able to receive the (fair and reasonable) tariff, which set by the Tasmanian Economic Regulator.

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  • If my house or business premises are rented out will the tenant be eligible to receive the Legacy feed-in tariff?

    No, eligibility is not transferrable between customers. If you decide to rent your property and the electricity account for the premises is moved to the tenant’s name, the tenant will not be eligible for the Legacy feed-in tariff.

    If you currently rent your property and the tenant receives the benefit of the existing tariff rate then they will continue to receive this rate. However, their eligibility will not be able to be transferred either back to you as the property owner, or to any new tenant.

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  • Can other family members inherit eligibility for the Legacy feed-in tariff?

    No, in the event of the death of the account holder eligibility can only be transferred to the spouse. Eligibility cannot be passed on to other family members if they take ownership of the premises or transfer the electricity account into their name.

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  • Will I continue to be eligible if I decide to increase or decrease the capacity of my system?

    Any system capacity upgrade after 30 August 2013 is treated as a new connection and customers will be eligible for either the legacy FiT rate, or the standard FiT as determined by the Tasmanian Economic Regulator. From 1 July 2016 the standard FiT rate is 6.671 cents per kWh (GST exclusive).

    Under the terms of their connection agreement with the distribution network, customers are required to notify their distributor of any system changes, including upgrades. Failure to do so can result in disconnection of the system from the network. Customers can decrease the capacity of their system at any time without affecting their eligibility to receive the Legacy feed-in tariff.

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  • What happens if my system fails or needs to be repaired or replaced?

    Systems can be repaired or replaced on a ‘like-for-like’ basis without affecting eligibility for the Legacy feed-in tariff rate but the total system capacity must be equal to or less than the original capacity. Customers cannot install a larger inverter and additional panels if they wish to maintain eligibility for the Legacy tariff.

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