Click Energy Solar Review & Guide

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If you’ve got solar panels, there’s a decent chance you’ve got your head around the limited solar-specific electricity plans available to you. But what you may not know is that while most providers only offer one plan catered to those with solar panels, Click Energy claims to be giving customers ‘a choice’, offering up two or three solar plans depending on your state. But how do these plans stack up against each other, and do they deliver good value when compared with deals from other providers? Canstar Blue delves deep, so you can find the most suitable deal for your solar-powered household.

Click Energy Solar Plans

Click Energy offers a selection of solar plans across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. These plans come with seemingly generous feed-in tariffs, along with pay on time discounts. These deals have varying feed-in rates and discounts, as detailed below. At a high level, this is how Click Energy’s solar plans look:

  • Click Sun Light
  • Click Sun
  • Click Sun Bright

Click Sun Light

The Click Energy ‘Sun Light’ solar plan is available in VIC, NSW, QLD and SA. It comes with a feed-in tariff that varies from 8-15c/kWh between each state. It has a pay on time discount, off both usage and supply charges, of between 10% and 24% depending on where you live.

Click Sun

Available in VIC, NSW, QLD and SA, the ‘Click Sun’ solar plan provides a higher feed-in tariff of between 12 and 22c/kWh, depending on which state you’re in. In exchange, you’ll get a slightly less generous pay on time discount off usage and supply, between 7% and 16%.

Click Sun Bright

If you’re on ‘Click Sun Bright’, you can expect a highly competitive 16c/kWh feed-in tariff, but you won’t enjoy the benefits of any discounts. This plan is only available to those in SE QLD.

Customers on Click Energy plans, solar or otherwise, have access to online service where they can check their past usage history and make payments. All solar plans also have variable rates, allow for monthly billing, and are smart meter compatible.

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Click Energy Solar Rates

Click Energy certainly gives solar customers plenty to think about, but how much can you generally expect to pay? The calculations below are based on three-person households within dedicated suburbs in each state, with annual cost estimates excluding solar payments. Use our comparison tool above for a more tailored quote in your area.

Click Energy Solar Costs VIC

Solar Plan Discount Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Annual Cost
Click Sun Light 12% 12c $1,385.17
Click Sun 5% 18c $1,495.35

Calculations based on a three-person household connected the Citipower network in Melbourne on a single rate tariff. Prices will vary for those living on a different electricity network. Annual cost estimates exclude solar payments.

Click Energy Solar Costs NSW

Solar Plan Discount Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Annual Cost Important
Click Sun Light 18% 12c $2,022.30 Basic Plan Information
Click Sun 11% 17c $2,194.94 Basic Plan Information

Calculations based on a three-person household connected the Ausgrid network in Sydney on a single rate tariff. Prices will vary for those living on a different electricity network. Annual cost estimates exclude solar payments.

Click Energy Solar Costs QLD

Solar Plan Discount Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Annual Cost Important
Click Sun Light 10% 8c $1,761.64 Basic Plan Information
Click Sun 7% 12c $1,820.37 Basic Plan Information
Click Sun Bright 0% 16c $1,957.38 Basic Plan Information

Calculations based on a three-person household connected the Energex network in Brisbane on a single rate tariff. Prices will vary for those living on a different electricity network. Annual cost estimates exclude solar payments.

Click Energy Solar Costs SA

Solar Plan Discount Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Annual Cost Important
Click Sun Light 24% 15c $2,351.57 Basic Plan Information
Click Sun 16% 22c $2,599.10 Basic Plan Information

Calculations based on a three-person household connected the SA Power network in Adelaide on a single rate tariff. Prices will vary for those living on a different electricity network. Annual cost estimates exclude solar payments.

To see how Click Energy’s solar plans stack up to other providers in your state, click on the links below.

Which Click Energy solar plan is the cheapest?

When comparing solar plans from Click Energy, there’s two main points of differentiation. One is naturally the solar feed-in tariff, and the other is the discount applied.

When looking at Click Sun Light, Click Sun and Click Sun Bright, what you’ll find is that the highest feed-in tariff on offer can be as much as double the lowest. And while it may seem like a no-brainer to go with the plan offering the highest feed-in tariff, it’s worth paying attention to the discounts, which go the other. So, there is quite clearly a trade-off between feed-in tariffs and discounts. It’s worth noting at this stage that Click’s conditional discounts are ongoing and do not disappear after the first year or two. That’s something else to consider.

Based on the estimated pricing above, you can see the solar plans with the biggest discounts unsurprisingly come out cheaper overall. However, to really determine which plan would prove the best for you, you’ll need a good idea of how much power you export to the grid and whether that rebate makes up the difference of the increased discount.

It would appear that, for those who export lots of energy, they may be better off with the higher feed-in tariff rather than the bigger discount. But for those who don’t export much power during the day, the bigger discount is likely to deliver greater overall savings.

Are Click Energy solar plans on a lock-in contract?

Click Energy solar plans don’t have any lock-in contracts, meaning you are free to leave at any point without incurring an exit fee. And since prices aren’t fixed and usage and supply rates can change at any time at the retailer’s discretion, this may well come in handy.

Also worth noting is that retailers tend to change their prices at least once a year, so if you’re not happy with the changes, you can either get in contact with the provider and see if you can negotiate a higher discount, or make the switch to a better deal.

Click Energy Solar Fees

Even with solar plans, you’re not free from the clutch of fees that come with power deals, and with Click Energy you can expect to see the same fees across all of its solar products:

  • Connection fees
  • Credit card payment fees
  • Paper bill fees
  • Late payment fees
  • Disconnection fees

The good news is that because Click Energy’s solar products aren’t lock-in contracts, you’ll avoid paying exit fees if you do decide to scout for a better deal. Other fees may apply.

Is Click Energy solar right for me?

If you’ve been on the hunt for a solar plan that will help you save on your power bills, you’ve likely come across Click Energy and noticed its generous feed-in tariffs. But as we’ve found, being on a plan with a high feed-in tariff doesn’t always mean you’re getting the best value for your money.

When it comes to Click Energy solar plans, you need to weigh up the value of the pay on time discount versus the feed-in tariff. This is because, if you’re exporting a lot of power during the day, a higher feed-in tariff might actually mean you’ll save on your electricity, but if you don’t export much power at all, a larger discount could cut your bill.

But as always, it’s important to check the base rates, because both large discounts and high feed-in tariffs can mask high usage and supply rates. And as is the case with all energy users, solar customers should be regularly comparing base prices, feed-in tariffs and discounts from a range of providers. Get started below.

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