Frequently Asked Questions - NSW Solar Bonus Scheme

This government scheme is CLOSED to new applications.

How does the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme work?

The Solar Bonus Scheme provides a tariff for exported electricity of 60 cents per kilowatt hour or 20 cents per kilowatt hour for eligible customers with small scale solar or wind generators that are connected to the distribution network. The scheme ends 31 December 2016.

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?

The scheme commenced on 1 January 2010 and operates until 31 December 2016.

I am currently under this scheme, what happens now?

The scheme is ending on 31 December 2016. The ending of the scheme means that your current feed-in tariff of 20c/kWh or 60c/kWh will reduce to market rates. And if you’re on gross metering, you may want to make the switch to net metering so that you continue to maximise the savings from your solar energy system.

Where can I find more information?

For more information regarding the scheme and eligibility requirements, please visit the NSW Government website.