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solar newbie feed in tariff

Postby astroboy » Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:36 pm

Hi,

We are moving to a home with a 5kw solar pv system, near Geelong, Vic. What feed in tariffs should we expect? AGL offers a 5c tariff on their website, but this seems very low? Also, a quick look at the switch box shows two separate main power breakers, one for solar and one for mains (grid) power. When the power needs to be switched off, is the solar switched off first, then mains?

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Re: solar newbie feed in tariff

Postby APR » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:57 am

Firsst off, I would be checking if the installation is eligible for the Premium, Transitional, or Standard feed in tariffs...

http://earthresources.vic.gov.au/energy ... ligibility
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Re: solar newbie feed in tariff

Postby astroboy » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:51 am

Thanks for the link, seems we qualify as a new applicant, so we are only eligible for 5c rate.
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Re: solar newbie feed in tariff

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:22 pm

You are better off to use as much of your PV system output as you can yourself, as the energy is worth more to you than 5c/kWh. You can try to run your big loads such as electric hot water system, dishwasher, hot washing machine loads, oven, etc in the middle of the day, and minimise night time energy use, or install a battery which frees up time constraints on when you can use energy to maximum benefit.

Regarding turning the electricity off, turning the mains off should automatically shut down your solar system if you don't have a system with battery storage that can operate as backup during a blackout. If you want to shut down only your solar sysetm, there should be a shut down procedure for it somewhere handy, perhaps at the inverter or in the switchboard.
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Re: solar newbie feed in tariff

Postby davidg » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:33 pm

astroboy wrote:We are moving to a home with a 5kw solar pv system, near Geelong, Vic.


the accurate lowdown on Vic FIT's.

The Retailer and certainly the distributor will know exactly which FIT the property is currently on, they must keep the data about what's, what for their part of the grid. Any FIT in Vic is tied to the property and stays with the property even when bought and sold and remains valid, until it expires or the system has been altered in such a way as to make the system no longer eligible for that particular FIT.

If the system was installed when the PFIT was available and it was applied for then the system will be registered with the distributor, as being eligible for it (60c per kWh minimum), this expires in 2024 and stays with the property.

If it was installed during the TFIT era then the system will and has a minimum of 25c per kWh until 31 DEC 2016. Then it is onto what ever is determined to be the rate a retailer/distributor will offer as of 01/01/2017, this is optional so don't expect anything fancy.

there is another FIT but that also expires on 31 DEC 2016.

All other FIT's are either the current market rate, ATM with maybe some optional extra bit added on but that's it.

The link provided by "APR" gives the rest of the details.
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Re: solar newbie feed in tariff

Postby astroboy » Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:59 pm

Thanks for all the useful information. The power company says the previous owner was also on the 5c tariff, so it's probably a recent system. We will use major appliances during the day so they can run on solar power.

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