This voluntary scheme is currently open.
This scheme is available for renewable energy generators connected to the electricity network.
ACT and NSW customers should refer to their specific energy plan regarding tariffs and the solar buyback rate.*
Our Small Generator Buyback Scheme is an ActewAGL initiative and not a government-mandated scheme. It is subject to ongoing eligibility requirements, and we may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme without notice.
*See Terms and conditions and FAQs below
Terms and conditions
- This is not a government-mandated scheme; it is offered by ActewAGL on a voluntary basis. ActewAGL may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme without notice.
- This scheme is available for renewable energy generators connected to the electricity network. Any changes to the meter or metering configuration will be at the customer’s expense.
- Subject to (1) and (2), customers should refer to their specific energy plan regarding tariffs and the solar buyback rate.
- Imported electricity will be billed at the customer’s published or contracted tariff energy rate(s). The customer must continue to pay the supply charge and any other applicable charges.
- For the purpose of this scheme, a customer is the person whose name appears on the electricity account for the premises connected to electricity network.
- ‘Imported electricity’ means electricity flowing through the customer’s meter from the electricity network into the customer’s premises.
- ‘Exported electricity’ means electricity generated by the scheme-compliant generator that results in energy flowing through the customer’s electricity meter from the customer’s premises into the electricity network.
- GST will be added to the generation purchase amount where the customer is registered to charge GST.
*This rate applies to ACT customers on a Standard Retail Contract only. For a Market Retail Contract the rate may differ.
Frequently asked questions
The Small Generator Buyback Scheme is an ActewAGL-initiated scheme, where ActewAGL purchase electricity exported from a customer’s generator at the scheme’s current feed-in tariff rate.
The scheme is open to residential and small business customers in the ACT and NSW.
Any changes to the meter or metering configuration will be at the customer’s expense.
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 supply charges.
There is currently no end date. As this isn’t a government-mandated scheme, ActewAGL may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme.
The price you pay for using electricity from the grid includes a number of costs associated with generating, transporting and selling electricity. These include:
- Wholesale electricity purchase costs. The cost of purchasing electricity from large-scale generators.
- Network costs. The cost of transporting electricity across the distribution and transmission networks.
- Retail costs. Including marketing, maintaining billing systems and customer support.
- Green scheme costs. The costs of complying with Federal and State/Territory environmental schemes.
The amount you receive as a credit for export is solely for the amount of electricity you export. It excludes network costs, retail costs and green scheme costs.
No, the amount of the rate paid doesn’t vary with CPI. ActewAGL may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme without notice.
Yes. Provided we continue to offer the Small Generator Buyback Scheme, you may increase the capacity of your existing generator and remain qualified.
The ACT Government closed the feed-in tariff scheme to new applications at midnight on 13 July 2011. The applicable legislation governing this scheme is the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008 (“FiT Act”).
The ActewAGL ACT feed-in tariff contract: Medium renewable energy generator contract (“FiT medium contract”) is only applicable in the following circumstances:
- For customers who are eligible entities and have a current FiT medium contract in place; or
- For customers who become an eligible entity in accordance with the FiT Act.
For example, a customer may become an eligible entity when they purchase a property that has an installed compliant generator. This customer is then required to make an application to ActewAGL Retail to enter into the FiT contract.
The Feed-in Tariff scheme was implemented in accordance with the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008 (the Feed-in Act). If you move into a property with an existing compliant generator, you’re entitled to receive the feed-in tariff from the date you commence occupying the premises (subject to meeting all other requirements under the Feed-in Act).
To start receiving the feed-in tariff under this scheme, you’ll need to complete an Application for Electricity Feed-in Renewable Energy Generation scheme and accept the terms and conditions of our ACT Feed-in Tariff contract.
For further questions, please call 13 14 93.