Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems generate electricity from the owner’s home or business. If solar panels produce more electricity than the premises is using, the surplus electricity is exported, or ‘fed in’, to the electricity network. Solar feed-in tariffs are the prices electricity retailers pay solar customers for these exports.
In regional Queensland there is limited competition in the retail electricity market, with Ergon Retail being the dominant retailer. Since 2014–15, we have used an ‘avoided cost’ method to set a feed-in tariff that aims to ensure solar customers receive a fair and reasonable return for their solar exports.
The south-east Queensland (SEQ) electricity market has been deregulated since July 2016. Customers can now compare electricity offers, including solar feed-in tariffs, from electricity retailers at Energy Made Easy. We monitor solar feed-in tariffs in SEQ, as directed by the Minister responsible for energy.
In March 2013 we published a report on estimating a ‘fair and reasonable’ solar feed-in tariff in Queensland.