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Rebates & Tariffs

RET Update 17/03/2015     Australian Solar Council 

There's good news  on the Renewable Energy Target and your solar Rebates
The Abbott Government has finally said those magic words: "we won’t make any changes to small-scale solar".
In a joint media release yesterday, the Industry Minister and the Environment Minister finally conceded no change to small-scale solar. 
For good measure, the Government also agreed to "remove the requirement for regular two-yearly reviews of the RET”.
After 13 months of chaos and uncertainty, we finally seem to have some certainty for Australia's 4,000 solar businesses and more than 18,000 solar workers. 
No change to the deeming arrangements.
No change to the threshold – it stays at 100kW.

Victorian Feed-in Tariiff

New feed-in tariff arrangements are available to all eligible customers from 1 January 2013.

The feed-in tariff currently offers a minimum of 8 cents per kilowatt hour for excess electricity fed back into the grid. Some electricity retailers may offer a higher rate but are not obligated to do so.

The feed-in tariff is available to solar and other eligible forms of renewable energy, such as wind, hydro or biomass, with a system size less than 100 kilowatts. Additional low-emissions technologies will also be made eligible under this scheme from mid-2013. Further information on the future eligible low-emissions technology systems available under the feed-in tariff will be updated on this website.

The rate for the feed-in tariff will be reviewed and updated annually until 2016 by the Essential Services Commission. The 8 cents per kilowatt hour rate is based on the adjusted wholesale price of electricity.

All electricity retailers with more than 5,000 customers must offer a minimum 8 cent feed-in tariff in 2013, but they may offer different packages and terms and conditions.

The new feed-in tariff arrangements provide a basis for continued growth in the solar and other renewable energy industries while avoiding placing undue cost pressures on all Victorian electricity customers.

The introduction of these arrangements in response to the recommendations of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission’s  (VCEC’s) September 2012  report into  distributed generation and feed-in tariffs .

Learn more about the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission review

How to apply

To access the feed-in tariff, you must have your renewable energy system fully installed, signed off by a licensed electrical inspector and have submitted all the paperwork to your electricity supplier.

Paperwork includes:

Once paperwork is submitted, to complete the eligibility process you may also need to have your metering upgraded before feed-in credits can be applied to your account.

Learn more About Meters


The feed-in tariff is available to households, community organisations and businesses. To be considered for the feed-in tariff, you must:

If you are an existing customer accessing the Transitional Feed-in Tariff or Premium Feed-in Tariff and you wish to increase your existing system capacity, whilst you won’t be able to retain your current rate, you may wish to access the minimum 8 cent feed-in tariff instead. Contact your electricity retailer for further information about making this change.

(source:  Department of Primary Industry Victoria)



Federal PV Rebate

Solar Credits—frequently asked questions (FAQs)

solar systemI’m planning on getting a solar photovoltaic system installed on my home—How do I get Solar Credits?

Solar Credits are provided in the form of additional tradable certificates for eligible small-scale renewable energy systems including solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

While it is possible for owners of renewable energy systems to create and sell the Certificates themselves, in practice, installers of these systems usually offer a discount on the price of an installation, or a cash payment, in return for the right to create the Certificates. 


What changes have been made to Solar Credits?

The SRES will continue to provide a substantial level of support to assist with the cost of installing solar panels.

How much benefit can I expect to get from Solar Credits for installing a solar photovoltaic system?

Solar Credits are provided  for people who have installed a new and eligible solar PV system. The Solar Credits multiplier applies to  the first 20 kW of capacity for off-grid systems. There is no cap on the number of STCs that can be created.

Why do Solar Credits vary across the country?

The number of Solar Credits created for a system will depend on the amount of renewable energy the system generates. For practical purposes in allocating certificates for small-scale solar panels installations, four separate solar zones have been identified. For the purpose of allocating Solar Credits all installations in a zone are taken to receive the same amount of renewable energy. For example:

How do I find out whether my system is eligible for Solar Credits?

The eligibility rules are prescribed in the RET scheme regulations, administered by the Clean Energy Regulator.

Key rules are:

(source:  Department of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency)

How much money will the government contribute to my System ?

Contact Blue Tongue Solar. When you fill out an online quote form from this site we will calculate your rebates for you. 

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Solar Rebates still really good for households and business.

With the well-documented increases in the necessities of life, and the future looking even worse, people are finding different ways to invest to keep prices down.  We can show you how you can significantly reduce your power bills, or completley wipe out heating and cooling bills.

NOW is the best time to take advantage of the low system prices & Generous Government Solar Rebates incentives. We can show you accurately how long it will take for investment to pay itself back and what the real savings are.

“A family of four in Romsey was able to reduce their power bill per quarter by an average of $600 ($2400per annum) by installing a Blue Tongue 7.04 KW solar system. With an initial investment of $9400 we estimate that their system will paid off within 3.5 years.”

It takes up to 5 weeks to install and have a system inspected and signed off.

Blue Tongue Solar want to help.

For information on the rebates, tariffs and a free no obligation quote please call our friendly staff at Blue Tongue Solar  on 03 5428 5390 or send us an email for our information packs.



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