Feed-in Tariff Update 03 [State Department of Primary Industries]07 September 2011
Making sure you will access the premium rate
With the Premium Feed-in Tariff announced to close on Thursday last week, anyone who has not already paid a deposit or had their panels installed is now highly unlikely to be eligible for the scheme.
Solar installers should not be advising anyone who is not already financially committed to installing solar that they will be able to receive the premium rate.
About 50,000 Victorian households, small businesses and community groups with solar panels are now benefiting from a premium rate for the power they feed back to the grid. Eligible customers who are signed up to the Premium Feed-in Tariff and receiving credits will continue to receive this rate until 2024.
What should customers do?
If you have already paid a deposit or are in the process of having solar panels installed you should:
- check your contracts and make sure they specify firm timeframes for panel installation
- contact your installer and make sure that they can have the necessary forms completed and provided to the relevant electricity suppliers by 30 September
- follow-up with your electricity retailer and local power distributor to make sure they have received these forms by 30 September and that they are all complete and correct. Also find out when your electricity meter will be replaced or reconfigured to make it solar-ready.
What do installers need to do?
Before 30 September 2011 installers will need to lodge the following forms with a customer's electricity suppliers for them to be considered for the premium rate:
- the Solar Connection Form
- the Electrical Work Request
- the Certificate of Electrical Safety
Electricity suppliers should then be able to complete the process before the premium scheme capacity cap is reached - expected for 30 November 2011. This process includes having a bi-directional meter connected to the grid.
What happens to people who miss out?
Any customer submitting paperwork between 30 September and 31 December 2011 should contact their electricity retailer who can advise on the best solar deal available to them during this period. The one-for-one Standard Feed-in Tariff offer will be available. Customers can always switch from the standard offer to the Transitional Feed-in Tariff once it becomes available, although they should check for any exit fee clauses before signing up.
It is expected that retailers will be able to formally offer new Transitional Feed-in Tariff contracts after the legislation is passed through parliament in November.
This means there is effectively no gap between the premium rate closing, and the new transitional rate being offered to new customers.To register for updates on feed-in tariffs go to: www.dpi.vic.gov.au/feedintariffupdates
For more information go to: www.dpi.vic.gov.au/feedintariff