Frequently Asked Questions - ActewAGL ‘1 for 1’ scheme

This ActewAGL scheme is CLOSED to new applications.

How does the ActewAGL ‘1 for 1’ scheme work?

This ActewAGL scheme was implemented as a gross feed-in system; customers receive credit for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity generated and exported by their generator to the electricity network at the same published tariff rate they pay for electricity imported from the electricity 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?

Generators connected under the ActewAGL ‘1 for 1’ scheme can remain eligible for payments under this scheme until 30 June 2020.  

I have a ‘1 for 1’ scheme generator - what happens if I switch my supply tariff for example to one of ActewAGL’s time of use plans?

If you switch to a different ActewAGL supply tariff then your ‘1 for 1’ solar tariff will also switch.

For all non-time-of-use plans ActewAGL pays for exported generation at the customer’s published tariff energy rate. 

If you switch to a time-of-use plan and you are a residential customer your exported generation will be paid at the ‘shoulder’ rate and for business customers it will be paid at the ‘evening’ rate.

Our ACT Schedule of Charges section 17.3 will provide you with further information regarding this scheme.

Does the rate paid increase each year with CPI?

The rate paid for exported electricity is the same we charge for consumption. As consumption rates tend to increase each year so too does the rate we pay for electricity exports. 

I have a scheme qualified generator - can I increase its capacity with my generator still remaining qualified for the scheme?

No. Any increases to an existing scheme qualified generator’s capacity disqualify the generator from the scheme.

This also applies to scheme qualified generators with spare inverter capacity. By adding additional panels (or wind turbines) to your existing inverter you increase its generating capacity and therefore disqualify its eligibility for the scheme.

If you wish to generate additional renewable electricity at your property without affecting your existing scheme qualified generator then you should add another complete system. This new system must be metered separately to your original scheme qualified generator. 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).

I have a scheme qualified generator - 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 scheme qualified generator - what happens if I move?

If you cease to be the occupier of the property where the generator is connected the generator no longer qualifies for the scheme.

I have a scheme qualified generator - can I relocate it to another property with it remaining eligible for the scheme?

No. If you relocate an existing scheme qualified generator to another property it no longer qualifies for the scheme.

I’ve just moved into a property where the previous occupants were receiving the ‘1 for 1’ tariff - will the ‘1 for 1’ tariff transfer to me?

No. The tariff under this scheme is not transferrable to new occupants. You can apply to receive payment for electricity export under any voluntary feed-in scheme offered by us at the time you move into the property (currently the ActewAGL ACT Small-Generator Buyback scheme).

Please note that solar generators connected under the ActewAGL ‘1 for 1’ scheme were connected to the distribution network under a gross metering arrangement. If you move from the ActewAGL ‘1 for 1’ scheme to the ActewAGL ACT Small-Generator Buyback scheme (including where you move into a property where the generator was connected under the ActewAGL ‘1 for 1’ scheme), you may wish to upgrade to a net metering arrangement in order to obtain the maximum benefit from your solar generator under the ActewAGL ACT Small-Generator Buyback scheme tariff. We recommend you arrange for a qualified electrician to discuss your options.

Any changes to the meter or metering configuration will be at the customer’s cost.