Customers who applied for the Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme before 10 July 2012 and maintain their eligibility can continue to receive a feed-in tariff of 44 cents per kilowatt-hour for excess electricity exported to the grid.
The government’s decision on 31 May 2017 to remove the cost of the Solar Bonus Scheme from network tariffs will not impact payments made to eligible customers under the scheme. It merely means the costs of the scheme will be met by the government instead of electricity customers.
On 15 June 2017, the Queensland Government announced proposed changes to the Electricity Act 1994 that clarify how batteries and additional generation can work alongside the Solar Bonus Scheme. If passed, the proposed changes will apply to the installation of batteries and additional generation after 15 June 2017.
This feed-in tariff is closed to new solar customers. The Solar Bonus Scheme is legislated to expire on 1 July 2028. See market feed-in tariffs in SEQ and the feed-in tariff for regional customers for information on feed-in tariff rates that apply now.
To maintain eligibility for the 44 cent feed-in tariff, you need to:
You will lose eligibility for the 44 cent feed-in tariff if you:
Carefully consider any changes you make to your electricity account or solar system. You can maintain your eligibility if you:
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.
If you are currently receiving the 44 cent feed-in tariff and you move house, you can't take your system with you and continue to receive the same feed-in tariff.
The feed-in tariff is paid to the customer that holds the electricity account for the individual 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 the benefit of the feed-in tariff.
Importantly, if you then rent the property to a new tenant (which results in the name on the electricity account changing) then eligibility for the 44 cent feed-in tariff will lapse from the date when the account name changes.
If you operate a system of greater than 5 kilowatts and your electricity is supplied by Ergon Energy, you should be aware that changing the electricity account over to anyone other than your spouse will mean that the 44 cent feed-in tariff lapses. It will also mean that the new account holder (new owner or tenant) will not receive the mandated regional feed-in tariff because eligibility is limited to systems up to 5kW in size.
The new owner or tenant and will need to discuss a voluntary feed-in tariff with their electricity retailer when they set up their electricity account for the property.
In some circumstances, name changes on an electricity account may cause a customer to be removed from the Solar Bonus Scheme in error. It is important that you check your electricity bill after any account changes to ensure the correct feed-in tariff is being applied.
If you believe this has happened, refer to your electricity distributor's website or contact them for details about the process for a review. If you have been removed from the 44 cent feed-in tariff incorrectly, the distributor will restore and backdate the tariff.
Several changes have been made to the Solar Bonus Scheme since it began in 2008.
The Solar Bonus Scheme guideline (PDF, 314.9KB) provides detailed information about the history and rules of the 44 cent feed-in tariff.
Sometimes things do go wrong and disputes arise, so it is important to be prepared. You should know who to call for help and what your rights are. You can find more information on dispute resolution.