Most customers with solar panels first consume the energy that they produce and export only excess energy, so the bulk of savings they make are from buying less energy from retailers. But households with solar units can also earn feed-in tariffs for energy that is exported to the electricity grid.
These feed-in tariffs are set by retailers operating in the competitive market.
Customers can compare feed-in tariff offers on the Energy made Easy website in the same way all energy and gas consumers can compare prices and overall packages to find the best deal for them. IPART also has an Excel tool to help solar customers compare bills for offers with different feed-in tariffs and retail prices.
Each year, IPART publishes a benchmark range for solar feed-in tariffs. The benchmark range is intended to provide a guide for customers as to the value of the electricity that their PV units export to the grid. However, retailers are not required to offer feed-in tariffs within this range. They are able to set their own feed-in tariffs.
Here you can find information about our latest review of the benchmark range.
The Solar Bonus Scheme offered subsidised feed-in tariffs of 60 or 20 c/kWh for the energy supplied to the network from solar panels, depending on date of connection. This scheme closed on 31 December 2016. See more information about the Solar Bonus Scheme.