Victorian Feed-in Tariff
Feed-in tariff inquiry
The Victorian Government has announced an inquiry into feed-in tariff arrangements in Victoria. This inquiry will investigate whether current regulations for compensating Victorian households and businesses for generating solar power are adequate. It will also consider the environmental and social value of distributed generation.
Feed in tariff rate for 2016
The Essential Services Commission (ESC) has released a final decision to adopt a minimum feed-in tariff rate of 5 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh) to apply from 1 January 2016. This minimum rate will apply to all customers that have been receiving the current Feed-in Tariff, currently set at 5.0 cents for 2016, and was introduced on 1 January 2013.
This change does not affect customers on the Premium, Transitional or Standard Feed-in Tariff schemes.
More information, including the ESC's final document, can be found on the ESC website. All queries in relation to this draft decision should be directed to the ESC for its consideration.
Current Feed-in Tariff (FIT)
The current Victorian Feed-in Tariff commenced on 1 January 2013.
This Feed-in Tariff currently offers a minimum of 5.0 cents per kilowatt hour for 2016 for excess electricity fed back into the grid. All electricity retailers with more than 5,000 customers must offer at least this minimum rate, but they may offer different packages and terms and conditions.
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.
How to apply
To access the current Feed-in Tariff, you must have your renewable or eligible low emissions energy system fully installed, signed off by a licensed electrical inspector and have submitted all the paperwork to your electricity retailer.
- Solar (renewable or low emissions technology) Connection Form
- Electrical Works Request (EWR)
- Certificate of Electrical Safety (CES)
- An accepted feed-in tariff contract with your electricity retailer
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:
- have a renewable energy system of less than 100 kilowatts generating capacity in size
- have bi-directional metering in place that measures two-way electricity flows and records them on a half hourly basis
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 will no longer be eligible to retain your current rate, you may wish to access the minimum feed-in tariff rate for 2016 instead. If you decide that a larger system still makes financial sense despite a lower feed-in tariff rate, you may wish to contact your electricity retailer for further information about making this change.