In NSW, retailers can choose whether or not to offer solar feed-in tariffs to their customers, and decide the level of the solar feed-in tariff that they offer. However, to help guide retailers and customers, each year IPART recommends a benchmark for solar-feed in tariffs.
Our draft all-day solar feed-in tariff benchmark for 2018-19 is 7.5 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh).
This is lower than our current benchmark for 2017/18 of 11.9 to 15.0 c/kWh.
This year we have also been asked to set time-dependent feed-in tariffs to take into account the different values of solar exports at different times of the day.
Our draft time-dependent solar feed-in tariff benchmarks are:
6.9 to 7.2 c/kWh between 6:30 am and 3:30 pm (when 90.8% of solar exports occur)
8.9 to 11.7 c/kWh between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm (when 5.8% of solar exports occur)
11.3 to 13.3 c/kWh between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm (when 2.6% of solar exports occur)
12.8 to 20.9 c/kWh between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm (when less than 1% of solar exports occur)
8.7 to 9.6 c/kwh between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm (when less than 0.1% of solar exports currently occur)
8.4 to 8.5 c/kwh between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm (when less than 0.01% of solar exports currently occur).