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The Western Australian Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme offers payments for energy exported to the grid from eligible solar PV systems, batteries and electric vehicles. 

The scheme will apply to eligible households, schools and not-for-profit organisations installing new solar PV panels or batteries, or upgrading their existing solar panel system (up to a five kilowatt maximum).

Buy-back rates:

  • Electricity exported between 3pm and 9pm will earn 10 cents per kWh.
  • Electricity exported at other times will earn 3 cents a kWh.

The Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme replaces the previous Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme for new and upgraded distributed energy resources applications.

Eligibility

To be eligible you must be:

  • a residential customer who consumes not more than 50 MWh of electricity per annum
  • a customer that is a school, university or other educational institution
  • a customer that is a non-profit-making organisation.

For a renewable energy system to be eligible, it must have a generating capacity of between 500 W and 5kW. A 6.6 kW solar PV system with 5 kVa inverter is accepted as having a generating capacity of 5 kW.

There is no eligibility limit on home battery or electric vehicle battery size, but retailers are only obligated to offer buyback payment for 50 units (kWh) per day per premises (which is more than a 5 kW solar PV system would be expected to generate on any given day).

Other conditions may apply.

Next steps

Check available offers at the Government of Western Australia website.