The final structure of the Victorian feed-in tariff includes:
- 60 cents credit per kilowatt hour for energy fed back into the grid within that year. This is about four times the current cost of electricity in Victoria.
- The tariff is paid to residences, community organisations and small businesses with energy consumption less than 100 MWh a year
- An array size limit of 5kW applies
- extending participation to community organisations and small businesses with energy consumption less than 100 MWh a year
- increasing the array size limit from 2kW to 5kW
The additional amendment put by the Greens for the tariff to be paid on the gross output (rather than the net output) was not accepted.
The tariff does not apply to large scale solar or wind either, so there is potential to further improve this legislation in the future.
On balance, this is a significant improvement over the legislation initially proposed. The government states that the amendments were made "in response to input from responsible environment groups" which demonstrates that the efforts made to contact politicians and build community support for a good feed-in tariff were successful.
Well done ATA, Environment Victoria, Climate Action Groups and everybody who spent time and considerable effort on this campaign.
- Victorians to benefit from the fairest and best solar feed-in tariff, Media Release, Peter Batchelor, 25 June 2009
- Victorias new solar laws, Greenlivingpedia