Department of Energy and Water Supply

Feed-in tariff for regional customers

Regional feed-in tariff arrangements have changed. There are now 2 different regional feed-in tariffs available - the existing flat tariff and a new time-varying tariff.

Eligibility for the feed-in tariffs now includes systems up to 30 kilowatts.

Customers who live in regional Queensland (and who are not receiving the 44 cent feed-in tariff) can access the regional feed-in tariffs. Your property must be connected to the Ergon Energy distribution network or the Essential Energy network (in South West Queensland) to be eligible.

The Queensland Competition Authority sets the regional feed-in tariff rate each year.

  • For the 2016-17 year, the regional feed-in tariff was 7.448 cents per kilowatt hour.
  • For the 2017-18 year, the regional feed-in tariff is 10.102 cents per kilowatt hour.

You can find more information on the QCA website.

Regional feed-in tariff

Recent changes to the Electricity Regulation 2006 increased the system size limit for the regional feed-in-tariff from 5 kilowatts to 30 kilowatts. This means regional customers with a solar PV system up to 30 kilowatts (including existing systems), who meet the eligibility criteria, can now receive a fair payment for any excess energy exported to the electricity grid.

To find out if you’re eligible for the regional feed-in-tariff, contact your electricity retailer:

  • Ergon Energy if you’re connected to the Ergon Energy network
    or
  • Origin Energy if you’re connected to the Essential Energy network.

Time-varying feed-in tariff

A new voluntary opt-in time-varying feed-in tariff (T-FiT) is now available to solar customers in regional Queensland alongside the existing flat rate. Whereas the default flat rate pays the same feed-in tariff throughout the day, a time varying feed-in tariff pays a higher price during a peak period when energy demand is high and lower prices during the rest of the day.

The T-FiT periods and tariffs are provided below.

PeriodTimeTariff
Peak 3pm to 7pm 13.606 cents per kilowatt hour
Off-peak All other times 7.358 cents per kilowatt hour

A T-FiT is not for everyone. You should consider whether you will be better off with the existing flat FiT or moving to the T-FiT. To benefit from the T-FiT, you will need to export the majority of your excess solar power during the peak period.

The T-FiT is only available to retail customers of Ergon Energy. You will need to have the right metering arrangements in place to know what time of day energy is exported. Contact Ergon Energy for help getting the right metering arrangements if you are interested in the T-FiT.

Eligibility

To maintain eligibility for the regional feed-in tariff rate, you have to:

  • operate a solar PV system with a maximum inverter capacity not exceeding 30 kilowatts
  • consume less than 100 megawatt hours (MW) of electricity a year (the average home uses approximately 6.1 megawatts a year)
  • for the premises where the solar PV system is installed, be a retail customer of:
    • Ergon Energy Queensland, or
    • Origin Energy (only if you are connected to the Essential Energy supply network)
  • have a network connection agreement in place with an electricity distributor signalling their approval to connect the PV system to the electricity grid, and be connected to the Queensland electricity grid
  • have only one solar PV system receiving the feed-in tariff per premise.

Be informed

Exporting solar power to the grid can impact the performance of the electricity network. If you plan to upgrade your inverter or increase the number of panels on your roof, please contact your electricity distributor to discuss upgrading your network connection agreement.

Last updated:
29 September 2017
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