The Government is aware of the level of interest in the Solar Bonus Scheme and will be updating this website regularly. Please continue to check this website including the Questions and Answers for updated information.
The Industry & Investment NSW website provides general information on the Solar Bonus Scheme to assist individuals and businesses interested in participating in the Scheme. Industry & Investment NSW cannot provide advice on the individual circumstances of interested participants. Each customer has the responsibility for ensuring that their renewable energy generator installation meets all requirements of the Solar Bonus Scheme including complying with the metering and connection requirements of their distribution network.
Last updated: 16 February 2010
The NSW Government's Solar Bonus Scheme commenced on 1 January 2010. The Scheme's regulatory framework is set out in the Electricity Supply Amendment (Solar Bonus Scheme) Act 2009 and the Electricity Supply (General) Amendment (Solar Bonus Scheme) Regulation 2009 available at http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/maintop/search/sessional.
The Scheme's regulatory framework provides for transitional arrangements to implement the Solar Bonus Scheme so that electricity network businesses, notably EnergyAustralia and Country Energy (and Integral Energy for a small number of customers), can transition from "net" to "gross" metering. This means that over the first six months of the Scheme, certain customers may receive different benefits under the Scheme. Households and businesses wishing to participate in the Solar Bonus Scheme should carefully read the information in the Questions and Answers particularly in relation to the transitional arrangements, metering and billing arrangements, to understand how the Scheme will apply to them during the six month transitional period.
Each customer has the responsibility for ensuring that their renewable energy generator meets all requirements of the Solar Bonus Scheme including complying with the metering and connection requirements of their distribution network. Customers should contact electricity businesses who are administering the Solar Bonus Scheme directly for information on their metering and connection requirements and for individual advice on eligibility under the Scheme. The NSW Government does not determine or advise whether an individual’s circumstances meet the requirements of the Solar Bonus Scheme.
The Solar Bonus Scheme will credit eligible participating customers with a "gross" feed-in tariff rate of 60 cents per kilowatt hour for all the electricity that their eligible solar photovoltaic (PV) system or wind turbine generates subject to the transitional arrangements. The Scheme will operate for seven years.
The key features of NSW Solar Bonus Scheme include:
- It commenced on 1 January 2010 and will operate for 7 years.
- It credits eligible customers with a 'gross' feed-in tariff rate of 60 cents per kilowatt hour for all the electricity that their eligible solar photovoltaic (PV) system or wind turbine generates subject to the transitional arrangements.
- Small electricity customers (those with an annual electricity consumption of up to 160 megawatt hours) are eligible to participate in the Scheme.
- Only customers with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines (up to 10 kilowatts in capacity) that connect to the electricity network through an inverter (up to 10 kilowatts in capacity) are eligible to participate in the Scheme.
- Solar PV systems installed and connected after 1 January 2010 must be installed by a person, who at the time of the installation had a Grid-connect Design & Install accreditation from the Clean Energy Council to be eligible for the Solar Bonus Scheme.
- Each eligible small electricity customer is entitled to receive the Solar Bonus Scheme credit for one eligible renewable energy generator (solar photovoltaic system or wind turbine) only.
- The tariff rate of 60 cents per kilowatt hour will be fixed for the life of the Scheme, meaning it will not vary with the time of the day or during the life of the Scheme.
- The Scheme will be reviewed in 2012 by the Minister for Energy, or when the installed capacity of renewable energy generators participating in the Scheme reaches 50 megawatts, whichever occurs first.
More information is available in the Solar Bonus Scheme Questions and Answers.