Frequently Asked Questions - ActewAGL NSW Small-Generator Buyback scheme

This ActewAGL scheme is currently OPEN to new applicants.

How does the ActewAGL NSW Small-Generator Buyback scheme work?

Under this voluntary ActewAGL scheme ActewAGL will purchase energy exported from a customer’s generator at the scheme’s current feed-in tariff.

This scheme is available for renewable energy generators with less than 10 kilowatts of generation capacity connected to the distribution network. Any changes to the meter or metering configuration will be at the customer’s cost.

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?

This is not a government mandated scheme; it is offered by ActewAGL on a voluntary basis. We may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme without notice.

Why is the buyback rate lower than the price I pay for electricity?

There are a number of costs associated with generating, transporting and selling electricity.  Retailers continue to incur additional costs when they on-sell a customer's solar generation. 

These costs include:

  • network costs – these must be paid even when the electricity is only sent short distances
  • retail costs – including marketing, maintaining billing systems and customer support
  • green scheme costs - costs of complying with environmental schemes.

Does the rate paid increase each year with CPI?

No. ActewAGL may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme without notice. 

What’s the maximum sized generator I connect under this scheme?

This scheme is available for renewable energy generators with less than 10 kilowatts of generation capacity connected to the distribution network.

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

Yes. Provided that we continue to offer the ActewAGL NSW Small-Generator Buyback scheme, you may increase capacity of your existing generator and remain qualified so long as the total capacity remains less than less than 10 kilowatts.

I’ve just moved into a property that has a pre-existing renewable generator that is gross metered - should I switch it to net metering?

You will obtain the maximum benefit from your solar generator under this scheme if your meter has a net metering configuration.  Please note that any changes to the meter or metering configuration will be at the customer’s cost, and must be carried out by a licensed electrician.

Under a net metering configuration your premises will use the electricity generated by your system on-site and will only export electricity to the distribution network at times when your solar system is generating more power than your premises is currently using. 

Solar generation used on-site is electricity that would otherwise be imported from the distribution network at your published tariff rate.