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Graph of Day: Most rooftop solar in Queensland now gets low “retail” tariff

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The amount of rooftop solar capacity in Queensland receiving the state’s now defunct premium feed in tariffs of 44c/kWh has been overtaken by the total of rooftop solar now receiving the retail rate of around 6c/kWh.

The data was released by Energex this week as part of its monthly update of solar installations in south-east Queensland, which now totals 1,174MW, on 325,164 homes and businesses.

Of this, 172,753 consumers remain connected on the premium FiT scheme, totalling 539MW, which has fallen significantly from above 600MW at the peak. Houses lose the premium tariff upon a change of ownership or change in system.

There are now 147,583 consumers connected on the retail FiT scheme, totalling 557MW, with more than 2,500 homes and businesses adding 17.4MW rooftop solar systems in the last month.

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  • trackdaze

    So the average cost is less than retail electricity prices and falling.

  • George Darroch

    The correct amount should be between those two figures.

    • trackdaze

      You can get 12c from a few retailers which is more than fair.

      Some level of premium FIT for export after 4pm -8pm would give storage a kick along and save network costs.

  • Chris Schneider

    The thing Our state government needs to look at is a net feed in tariff for gird connected batteries. They need to do this before someone else takes over and does it for them! Using peak demand you could actually do better but doing net would give people enough incentive to pay for the batteries and stay on the network. This would mean the consumer would pay for the massive battery requirements of our new network and would lessen the need for upgrades in the network.

    • Mike Shackleton

      Look at Reposit. They have a system that allows you to access the wholesale price. The unit learns your power usage patterns, based on time of day, weather etc and then feeds energy into the grid when the wholesale price is high, making sure you have enough left for your own usage. You can also have the system inform you of high prices via an app and you can choose to give up more stored electricity.

      • Chris Schneider

        yeah been look at that for myself. great idea

  • howardpatr

    The 6 cents per kWh rate is the Energex gouging rate, not the retail rate.

    At least Victoria will be paying 11.3 cents after 1 July.

    • MaxG

      I am with Energy Locals in QLD who pay 11 Cents per solar kWh exported…

  • Charles Quintin

    How much do Aussies pay per KwH for their electricity?

    • MaxG

      A wide range: anything from 10 to 30+ Cents depending on your contract, circumstances, and state you live in.

      • lin

        …plus >$1 per day for grid connection charge.
        I think most residential customers in Vic pay ~$0.15 off peak, ~$0.30 peak rates.

        • neroden

          Your connection charges are approaching price-gouging levels. $1/day, $365/year x 10 years = $3650… start comparing to battery prices. OK, at $1/day I’d stay on the grid, but if it reached $3/day ($10950/year) it would be different….

          • Mike Shackleton

            The problem is, if it gets to that sort of price, if everyone capable of generating enough solar for themselves, combined with a battery, drops off the grid, the cost of the grid will go up for everyone else. Lots of properties can’t be 100% off grid – MDUs, houses with extensive shading. It going to cause a dilemma.

          • trackdaze

            This is the networks problem of causing its own demise.

            It needs to encourage people to stay on the grid by reducing its unit cost.

          • lin

            Yep, The grid connection charge is much too high. If I had the roof space to double my installed capacity, getting a battery and disconnecting would be a no-brainer. As it stands, batteries are nearly worth installing now, just to increase self consumption of power generated.

          • trackdaze

            What you want is a network that incentiveses you to add solar, other forms of energy and storage and then export it in greater volumes to suppress peak network loads and energy prices.

            Instead its sitting still and jacking up prices.

    • trackdaze

      Retail for residential is 24-30cents in Usd thats 18 to 24cents.
      Also you will find a fixed access fee that is increase many times inflation something like $1.20 per day.