THURSDAY 17 JANUARY, 2013 |
Upgrading A System Under The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme
It appears solar households currently participating New South Wales' Solar Bonus
Scheme (which closed to new applications in 2011) can upgrade their systems - but there are a few conditions.
According to information from the Clean Energy Council, gained via the NSW Department of Trade & Investment;
those on either the 60c or 20c Solar Bonus Scheme can add extra capacity and
remain on the Scheme if certain conditions are met and relevant approvals
For those on the 60c scheme, assuming the upgrade doesn't take the system over
10kW capacity, the customer will be shifted to the 20c per kilowatt hour solar
feed in tariff for all the electricity exported by their solar panel
Alternatively, the 60c rate can be retained if the additional capacity is from a separately metered
system. In this scenario, the separate system will not be covered under the
Solar Bonus Scheme; but may still be eligible for other feed in tariff
For Solar Bonus Scheme participants currently on the 20c feed in tariff, systems
can be upgraded to as much as 10kW overall capacity and still remain eligible for the 20
cent rate with the permission of their distribution network service provider.
Alternatively, these households may upgrade their overall generating capacity beyond 10kW and retain the 20c tariff for
capacity up to 10kW if a second separately metered system is connected for capacity greater than 10kW.
The additional overall capacity beyond 10kW not covered under the Solar Bonus
Scheme may or may not be eligible for other feed in tariff incentives; depending
on the customer's electricity retailer.
In all situations, there may be a delay in relevant approvals from the
customer's electricity distribution network service provider.
Solar installation company Energy
recommends Solar Bonus Scheme participants wishing to upgrade their
systems to contact their installer, or a firm that has an understanding of the
situation, for further details. Energy Matters can be contacted on 1300 727 151.
The New South Wales Solar Bonus Scheme accepted applications from late 2009 to
May 2011 - it is no longer open to new participants. However, a feed
in tariff incentive
is still available to households installing
solar power systems in NSW
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