May 29, 2020

The solar feed-in tariff for regional Queensland customers has been lifted slightly for 2020-21.

The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) announced on Friday that it had set the tariff at 7.861 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh), up from 7.842 c/kWh last year.

QCA chair Prof Flavio Menezes said this value would give customers with solar panels “a fair and reasonable return” for the electricity they export to the grid.

He said the small increase was due to a surge in demand linked to the extended separation of the South Australian and Victorian power grids after a storm knocked out key
transmission lines.

Customers who receive the 44 c/kWh feed-in tariff under the Solar Bonus Scheme – introduced in 2008 – will not be affected by the new tariff.

They will stay on the 44 cent tariff until July 1, 2028, as long as they maintain their eligibility.

The Solar Bonus Scheme was closed to new customers on June 25, 2012.

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