The Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme offers eligible customers a time of export payment for electricity they export to the grid, including from rooftop solar PV systems, batteries and electric vehicles.
The DEBS pricing structure encourages households to either use or store their solar energy generation in the middle of the day when it is plentiful and to install west facing panels that will generate electricity later in the day - that is, producing more renewable energy later in the day when electricity demand is typically higher.
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.
Check available offers at the Government of Western Australia website.