Solar Power Gross Feed in Tariffs
Solar power gross feed in tariffs work by connecting a solar power system in such a way that all the solar power that you produce is fed through an electricity meter BEFORE any of that solar power is consumed inside the house. From there the solar power produced can either be fed back into your property to power any loads which are consuming power at the time or it will be fed back into the power grid to be used somewhere down the street. In Queensland a gross feed in tariff is available but I would not recommend it as your electricity retailers will only pay a very low rate for your solar power: whilst they will very happily charge you a much larger rate for power that you consume! NSW did have a gross solar power feed in tariff in place of 60c per kWh – this was an amazing offer but was not sustainable, the NSW government has since dropped its feed in tariff all together.
Solar Power Net Feed in Tariffs
Solar power net feed in tariffs work by connecting your solar power system in such a way that the power that you produce feeds straight into your switchboard and to any loads that you have in use at the time. This is great as it means instead of taking power from the street during the day your power comes from your solar panels first, then if you require any extra power you just take that from the street as normal. If you are in a situation where you are producing more solar power than you are using at any given time then this surplus solar power will be sent back through your electricity meter and out to the power grid. This surplus power is your “net feed in” solar power. Queensland electricity retailers used to pay 44c per kWh for your net feed in tariff, however that has now dropped down to 8c per kWh and from the 30th July 2014 it will drop down to zero cents, however selected electricity retailers will pay a net solar feed in tariff out of their own pockets.
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