Frequently Asked Questions - ACT Government Feed-in Tariff scheme

This government scheme is CLOSED to new applications.

How does the ACT Government's Electricity Feed-in Tariff scheme work?

The government scheme was implemented as a gross feed-in scheme; customers receive the applicable premium rate feed-in tariff rate for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity generated and exported by their generator to the electricity network.

The premium rate that applies is dependent on the date the contract for installation of the generator was entered into, determined in accordance with the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008 (the Feed-in Act).  Subject to ongoing eligibility under the Feed-in Act, the premium rate feed-in tariff is payable for a period of 20 years from the date the generator was connected to the network.

Separate supply arrangements apply in relation to the consumption of energy at the premises, in accordance with the relevant customer retail contract. Customers connected under this scheme are still required to pay ongoing supply charges.  

When does the scheme end?

Compliant generators connected under the ACT Government Feed-in scheme remain eligible for the premium rate feed-in tariff for a period of 20 years from the date the generator was connected to the distribution network.

I’m with another retailer - can I switch to ActewAGL without it affecting my payments under this scheme?

Yes. You can switch electricity retailers without your eligibility being affected. 

How do I know which rate will apply?

There are 5 different premium rates feed-in tariffs payable under the scheme, depending on the date the installation contract for the generator was entered into. If you’ve moved into a property with a generator connected under the ACT Government Feed-in Tariff scheme, you should contact ActewAGL Distribution on 6293 5749 to find out which rate applies to your generator.

Does the rate paid increase each year with CPI?

No. The rate remains the same for the duration of the scheme.

I have generator connected under the ACT Feed-in Tariff scheme - can I increase its capacity and still receive the premium rate feed-in tariff?

No. You will not be entitled to the premium rate feed-in tariff in relation to an increased capacity of a generator connected under the ACT Feed-in Tariff scheme. 

This also applies to generators with spare inverter capacity.  If you wish to generate additional renewable electricity at your property without affecting your existing ACT Government Feed-in Tariff entitlements you should add another complete system.  This new system must be metered separately to your existing system. For the new system you can apply to receive payment for electricity export under any voluntary feed-in scheme offered by us at the time (currently the ActewAGL ACT Small-Generator Buyback scheme).

Can I replace faulty components and still remain qualified for the scheme?

Yes. Faulty components such as inverters or solar panels for example may be replaced so long as the replacements do not increase generating capacity. 

The rule of thumb here is the replacement components should be ‘like for like’.

I have a generator connected under the ACT Feed-in Tariff scheme - what happens if I move?

The premium rate feed-in tariff payable under this scheme remains attached to the generator that was connected under the scheme. 

If you cease to be the occupier of the property where the generator is connected, your payments will cease.

I have a generator connected under the ACT Feed-in Tariff scheme - can I relocate it to another property with it remaining eligible for the scheme?

Yes. You can relocate a generator connected under the ACT Feed-in Tariff scheme to another property with the relocated generator remaining qualified for the scheme, subject to ongoing compliance with the requirements of the Feed-in Act.

I’ve just moved into a property with a generator connected under the ACT Feed-in Tariff scheme - am I entitled to receive the premium rate feed-in tariff?

The premium rate feed-in tariff payable under this scheme remains attached to the generator that was connected under the scheme.

The premium rate feed-in tariff is transferrable to new occupants of properties that have a generator connected under the ACT Feed-in Tariff scheme.

If you move into a property with a generator connected under the ACT Feed-in Tariff scheme you need to apply to transfer the generator contract to you. 

You can talk to our Assist team on 13 14 93 – we’re always happy to help.

Are the payments made to me under the ACT Government's Electricity Feed-in Renewable Energy Generation scheme subject to income tax or goods and services tax (GST)?

We recommend that you discuss this issue with your tax advisor.

How do I receive my feed-in tariff credits?

The default arrangement is for customers to receive payment for the electricity they generate as a credit against their electricity supply account.

Where can I find more information?

For more information regarding the scheme, please visit the ACT Government website.