Even though the micro and medium feed-in tariff schemes have closed, a reasonable rate of rooftop solar installation continues in the ACT.
The Territory is working with other jurisdictions through the Council of Australian Governments Standing Council on Energy and Resources to develop a nationally consistent framework for connecting and compensating small-scale renewable energy generators and ensuring ‘fair and reasonable’ feed-in tariffs that reflect the value of generation systems for energy supply and local networks. While solar energy technology costs continue to fall, the technical and economic potential of solar for the ACT is limited by intermittency of generation. Ongoing advances in energy storage technologies have the potential to increase solars contribution to reducing peak loads on the electricity network. The ACT Government is working with local businesses and leading research organisations to determine how advanced battery storage systems can support much higher penetrations of solar on the ACT network, while exploring the technical and regulatory issues that need to be addressed.
Annual Feed-in Tariff Report
These are the annual reports on the ACT’s rooftop solar feed-in tariff scheme under section 11A of the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008. The ACT Legislative Assembly passed amendments to the Act in June 2015 requiring that a report be published every year on the costs, capacity and numbers of supported rooftop solar systems supported by the feed-in-tariff.
Review of the ACT's Rooftop Solar Scheme
The review of the ACT’s rooftop solar scheme found that the scheme fulfilled its objectives and contributed to a significant increase in the uptake of rooftop solar in the ACT.
The review was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 22 September 2015.
Current feed-in tariff rates for roof-top solar
As of 14 July 2011, the ACT no longer regulates feed-in tariffs for rooftop solar systems. Households and businesses interested in installing solar should contact a range of electricity retailers to determine the most competitive commercial feed-in tariff offers available to them. Visit the Energy Made Easy website for Electricity retailers operating in the ACT.
Consumers should be mindful that feed-in tariff rates may change over time. Also, the income that can be received under typical market offers can vary greatly depending on the effectiveness of the generation system, the quality of the installation and the extent to which generation occurs at times of high consumption in the home. For example a household that does not use much electricity during the day may receive less income than a household or business with high daytime consumption.
Legacy regulated feed-in tariff schemes
The scheme closed on 14 July 2011. Despite the closure, renewable energy generators registered with ActewAGL Distribution under that scheme can continue to be installed.
Under the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008, a new owner or tenant of a property with an existing eligible installation should be entitled to a feed-in tariff for the remaining portion of the original contract while they occupy the property or own the system. New owners or tenants must confirm this arrangement with their electricity retailer.