Solar feed-in scheme - Government of South Australia

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Solar feed-in scheme - Government of South Australia

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On this page: What is the solar feed-in scheme and who is eligible to join? How do I join the solar feed-in scheme? What am I eligible to receive? Minimum retailer payment Increasing the capacity of your solar PV system and upgrades Replacing panels, inverters and other components of a solar PV system in the feed-in scheme Building a new house at an address with the solar feed-in scheme Moving house - can I still receive my existing solar feed-in payments at my new address? Changing energy provider - can I still receive solar feed in payments?

What is the solar feed-in scheme and who is eligible to join?
If you install a solar PV system, you may be eligible to receive payment for any electricity you export back to the grid. The scheme is open to electricity customers that consume less than 160MWh per annum, including households, small businesses, community buildings and churches. The average household uses less than 10MWh per annum. You will also need to have, or be planning to install, a qualifying solar PV system. To qualify the final installed solar PV system needs to: 1. Comply with the relevant Australian Standards for safety. All accredited installers will comply with these requirements. 2. Be connected to the electricity grid via an import/export meter - ETSA Utilities will install these on request. 3. Have a maximum output of 10kVA for homes with single phase, 30 kVA for homes with three phase electricity. Most large home solar PV systems would be less than 10kVA, but if you are unsure check with your solar installer. The feed-in tariff you may be eligible to receive depends on the date ETSA Utilities approved permission to connect your solar PV system to the grid, and in some cases the dates your system and import/export meter are installed. For more information see What am I eligible to receive? The solar feed-in scheme commenced on 1 July 2008. It was reviewed in 2009-10 and amendments to the legislation took effect from 29 July 2011. For more information see the Legislation SA website to view the: Electricity (Feed-In Scheme—Solar Systems) Amendment Act 2008 Electricity(Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2011 . [top of page]

How do I join the solar feed-in scheme?
1. Check you are eligible - see What is the solar feed in scheme and who is eligible to join? 2. Find a reputable solar installation company that uses installers accredited by the Clean Energy Council - see Installing a solar PV system. 3. Your chosen installer will submit the Application for PV SEG (Small Embedded Generator) Approval Reference form to ETSA Utilities to seek permission to connect. 4. Once approved by ETSA Utilities, your solar system can be installed and your installer will send a request to your electricity retailer, who will book the installation of an import/export meter with ETSA Utilities. In some cases your meter may be installed before your system. 5. Once your solar PV system and import/export meter are fully installed and connected you will start to see solar feed-in payments on your electricity bill for any electricity you have exported to the grid. [top of page]

What am I eligible to receive?
The amount of solar feed-in tariff you may be eligible to receive will depend on whether you have met the eligibility criteria for the scheme and if so, the date ETSA Utilities approves permission to connect your solar PV system to the grid. Once you know this date you can determine which customer group of the solar feed-in scheme relates to you.

ETSA Utilities approval for permission to connect a Small Embedded Generator (SEG)
Your solar installer will normally request permission to connect on your behalf by submitting the Application for PV SEG (Small Embedded Generator) Approval Reference form to ETSA Utilities. The form also specifies the peak capacity of the solar PV system you wish to connect to the electricity grid. If you have any queries about your application for solar PV SEG permission to connect, including whether it has been approved, the date it was approved or the peak capacity approved, contact ETSA Utilities on 1300 650 014. To see a copy of the Application for PV SEG Approval Reference form or for more information about Small Embedded Generation see the Small Embedded Generator User Guide on the ETSA Utilities website.

Feed-in scheme customer groups
Customer group 1 Approved permission to connect received by 31 August 2010, and; solar PV system fully installed by 29 January 2012. Customer group 2 Approved permission to connect received between 1 September 2010 and 30 September 2011, and; solar PV system fully installed and connected by 30 September 2011. Customer group 3 Approved permission to connect received between 1 September 2010 and 30 September 2011, and; booking made with ETSA Utilities for the installation of an import/export meter within 120 days of 1 October 2011. Customer group 4 Approved permission to connect received between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2013. Customer group 5 Approved permission to connect received after 30 September 2013.

Customer group 1
Approved permission to connect received by 31 August 2010 and;

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