Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems
Rooftop solar PV systems can offset much of your household’s electricity needs, depending on the size of your system and the needs of your household.
Solar panels can help you save on your electricity bills. As your system produces electricity that you can use in your home or business to cover your usage, you avoid the cost of purchasing electricity from the grid.
Any additional power not consumed within the home or business, is sent back to the grid. You are paid a credit for the electricity you export to the grid, which appears on your bill as a 'buy back'.
Solar feed-in tariff
Changes to solar feed-in-tariff (FiT) announced on 5 April 2020
The Northern Territory Government recently announced key changes to Jacana Energy's solar feed-in-tariff (FiT) rates which will impact some of our solar customers moving forward.
These changes align the Northern Territory with the rest of Australia and encourage Territorians to invest in other renewable energy technologies that also reduce electricity costs, such as battery storage.
Until the recent announcement, the solar feed-in-tariff rate in the Northern Territory, was the same as the usage rate paid by a customer purchasing electricity from the grid, a one-for-one rate. The actual value of the solar energy exported to the grid is much lower. In other jurisdictions around Australia, the solar FiT rate generally ranges between 6-16c per kilowatt-hour.
These rates are available to:
- existing solar customers*;
- new solar customers with applications lodged to Power and Water by midnight 14 April 2020 and who can demonstrate that works were committed to, in writing, prior to 5th April 2020. Approval to export electricity into the grid will continue to be subject to the technical requirements and approval of the network provider, Power and Water Corporation.
|GST exclusive||GST inclusive|
|Residential customers||23.68181 cents per kilowatt hour||26.05 cents per kilowatt hour|
|Business customers (less than 30kVA)||27.56363 cents per kilowatt hour||30.32 cents per kilowatt hour|
*An existing customer is a customer who was the active account holder residing at the service address at the cut-off date of 5 April 2020. Eligibility for the premium FiT will continue as long as the account is held in the name of the customer who was the active account holder at the cut-off date. A change of account holder name on the account may trigger a loss of premium tariff.
These rates are available to:
- new solar customers who apply to install a solar system after 5 April 2020;
- existing solar customers who modify their rooftop solar system after 5 April 2020.
- customers who move into a property fitted with an existing rooftop solar system, even if the previous occupier received the premium rate.
|GST exclusive||GST inclusive|
|Residential customers||8.3 cents per kilowatt hour||9.13 cents per kilowatt hour|
|Business customers (less than 30kVA)||8.3 cents per kilowatt hour||9.13 cents per kilowatt hour|
How can I apply to receive the feed-in-tariff?
Step 1) Apply to connect to the grid
Connection of all rooftop solar systems and battery systems (including where altering an existing system) are subject to the technical requirements and approval of your network provider, Power and Water Corporation.
Please refer to their website for the application process to install and connect rooftop solar and battery systems. Approval to export electricity into the grid is not guaranteed and is subject to the technical assessment undertaken by Power and Water.
Step 2) Request the feed-in-tariff
Jacana Energy is responsible for assessing the eligibility of the application for a feed-in-tariff. Once the solar installation has been completed at your premise, you need to contact us to request a tariff change. You can call us on 1800 522 262 or request the tariff change in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 3) Provide evidence to receive the premium rate
If you wish to receive the Premium feed-in-tariff, you will be required to provide us written evidence that the works were committed to, in writing, before 05 April 2020. If you are not able to provide this written evidence, you will receive the Standard Feed in tariff.
Step 4) Check the applicable rate on your bill
You will see the rate applied to your account (premium or standard) on your next bill. Please note that once the feed-in-tariff is applied to your account, and you start receiving a payment for the electricity you export into the grid, you are agreeing to our Power Purchase Terms & Conditions.
Frequently asked questions
What about solar systems that are in the process of being installed?
On 8 April 2020, we received advice from the Northern Territory Government that the premium Feed-In-Tariff rate would be applied to ANY application (including modifications to existing systems) with supporting evidence to demonstrate that the works were committed to, in writing, prior to 5th April 2020.
Applications needed to be submitted to Power and Water Corporation by midnight 14 April 2020. Approval to export electricity into the grid will continue to be subject to the technical requirements and approval of the network provider, Power and Water Corporation, as per the usual process.
What if I upgrade or modify my existing system?
If you currently receive the premium tariff and you modify your existing system, you will continue to be eligible for the premium Feed-in-Tariff if you can demonstrate that the works were committed to, in writing, prior to 5th April 2020, and your application was submitted to Power and Water Corporation by midnight 14 April 2020.
After that date, if you modify your existing solar system, you will no longer be eligible for the premium feed-in tariff rate. You will receive the standard 8.3 cent per kilo-watt hour feed-in tariff rate moving forward. Modifications to your existing system include modifying the inverter capacity. if the addition of a battery storage system results in a modification to the inverter, you will be transferred to the standard feed-in-tariff.
Is it still worth installing solar?
Yes. Customers who install solar will still make significant savings on their bills as you will use the electricity produced by your system to cover your own usage.
As your system produces electricity that you can use in your home or business to cover your usage, you avoid the cost of purchasing electricity from the grid. This means most customers will still pay off their solar investment within five years (average only - personal circumstances may vary).
What other incentives are available to solar customers?
The Northern Territory Government recently announced a new Home and Business Battery Scheme (HBBS) accessible to Territory homeowners and businesses.
Under the scheme, homeowners and businesses can access a $6,000 grant to incorporate a battery into a new or existing solar PV system, providing the battery has a capacity of 7 kilowatt hours or more.
Homeowners and businesses who currently receive a premium feed-in-tariff rate and choose to take advantage of the HBBS grant will be transferred to the new standard FiT rate of 8.3 cents per kilowatt-hour excluding GST.
Terms and conditions, including full eligibility criteria and processes for recipients and businesses, will be published on the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation website on 9 April 2020 and applications will be open from 14 April 2020.