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Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme



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 use or store their solar energy generation in the middle of the day, with west-facing panels to generate electricity later in the day.


To be eligible you must be:

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


Administered by: Government of Western Australia

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