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Program name
Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme

Overview

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).

Under the scheme, from 6 November 2020 the buyback rates will be:

  • Electricity exported between 3pm and 9pm will earn 10 cents a kilowatt-hour (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.

Benefits

  • Supports the uptake of solar PV systems, solar batteries and electric vehicles.
  • Provides financial incentives for eligible households, schools and not-for-profits.
  • Reduces electricity bills.

Key eligibility

To be eligible you must be:

  • a residential customer who consumes not more than 50MWh 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 500W and 5kW. A 6.6kW solar PV system with 5kVa inverter is accepted as having a generating capacity of 5kW.

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 5kW solar PV system would be expected to generate on any given day).

Other conditions may apply.

Next steps

Check your eligibility and apply at:

Government of Western Australia website.