WEDNESDAY 01 JUNE, 2011 |
UPDATE: ACT Closes Micro Solar Feed In Tariff
Updated 4pm, June 1, 2011.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has announced the
end of the Micro Generator component of the ACT Feed-In Tariff Scheme for new
"As at midnight last night (Tuesday, 31 May 2011) the Micro Generator category was closed as the legislated cap has been reached.
The scheme has delivered all and more than was expected of it with unprecedented numbers of applications over the last few
People who entered into a contract to purchase a system or paid a deposit prior
to midnight last night will still be eligible for the program. Once all
outstanding applications have been processed, it's expected that 6,000 solar
households in the ACT would have benefited from the scheme; making a substantial
contribution to reducing the Territory's greenhouse gas emissions.
Minister Corbell was quick to point out the closure did not spell the end of
feed in tariffs in the A.C.T. A Medium Generator category for medium
installations greater than 30kW and up to 200kW is still active;
and like the Micro category has an allocated cap of 15MW. The Medium Generator
category pays a rate of 34.27 c per kilowatt hour for all electricity generated
by a solar array.
Minister Corbell also stated the government will introduce a large-scale generation feed-in tariff, with 40MW to be allocated to
scale projects by a reverse auction process in the next 12 months.
The ACT's solar feed in tariff for home solar power systems has been one of the
most generous incentive schemes in Australia to date. The Territory joins a
continuing trend of states slashing or closing feed
schemes to new residential connections.
In regard to arrangements going forward for purchasers of residential solar
power systems in the A.C.T, aside from the Solar
still applying; according to an email from ActewAGL received this afternoon, if a customer has a grid-connected renewable energy (solar or wind) energy generator and the customer is not receiving the ACT feed-in-tariff as established under the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008, the following
- The customer will pay the published energy tariff rate for all energy imported from ActewAGL Distribution's network.†
- In the event that the customer has generated energy over a billing period, then ActewAGL Retail will purchase the energy at the customerís energy tariff rate†
- If the customer is on a time-of-use tariff, the customerís energy tariff rate for the purpose of purchasing energy generated shall be the middle rate (shoulder rate for residential customers and evening rate for commercial customers).†
- If the customer is on a tariff with two or more price steps, the customerís energy tariff rate for the purpose of purchasing energy generated shall be the rate applied to the first step.†
- The customer will continue to pay the supply charge.†
- This arrangement is available only to customers with less than 30 kilowatts installed capacity of renewable generation.
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