Community solar

One in 10 Canberra households has a rooftop solar installation, and this number continues to grow. For those living in apartments or renting, however, accessing the benefits of solar can be challenging.

The ACT Government is giving individuals the opportunity to pool their resources to fund large-scale solar projects. These projects achieve economies of scale and provide the benefits of direct ownership. This opportunity is through a new feed-in tariff for community solar projects.

The ACT Government received two proposals in response to its June 2014 Community Solar Scheme Request for Proposals. It is progressing discussions with SolarShare Canberra.

The feed-in tariff for the Scheme will be up to 20 cents per kilowatt hour for 20 years, slightly higher than the nation-leading price achieved through the large-scale Solar Auction the Government conducted in 2012–13. The Community Solar Scheme feed-in tariff is a capacity release under the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011. It’s capped at 1 megawatt, equivalent to around 500 household roof-top installations.