Best Solar Electricity Providers

Compare solar retailers Lumo Energy, Red Energy, Dodo, Origin, Alinta Energy, AGL, EnergyAustralia, Simply Energy, Aurora Energy and ActewAGL on their customer service, bill & cost clarity, ease of sign-up, solar tariff rate, online tools & advice, environmental sustainability, value for money and overall satisfaction with Canstar Blue’s solar review & ratings.

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Lumo Energy has topped our customer satisfaction ratings for solar power retailers in Australia for the first time since 2017, leading the way from major providers like AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia. Lumo Energy scored five stars across most research categories, including customer service, value for money, ease of sign-up and overall satisfaction.

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Lumo Energy lands top spot as best-rated solar provider

We all know solar can help you save on power, but many of us still overlook the importance of finding the right electricity provider. You deserve to be rewarded properly for your solar investment, and that means your provider should go above and beyond to help you save. Unfortunately, however, only 41 per cent of customers we surveyed think they’re getting a good deal on electricity, while just 35 per cent are happy with their feed-in tariff.

Many of those who haven’t switched recently said it’s because they haven’t had time or the comparison process is too complicated – but it doesn’t have to be. And that’s why we’re here to help. Canstar Blue does all the hard work for you, by annually canvassing the opinions of solar customers right across Australia, asking them to rate their solar energy provider across key variables like customer service, bill & cost clarity, ease of sign-up, solar tariff rate, online tools & advice, environmental sustainability and value for money, to help you make a better-informed decision.

This year, more than 2,000 bill-paying solar customers took part in our survey, with 10 different retailers picking up the minimum sample size of 30 to be included in the final results. So, what did we find?

Best Solar Energy Providers

Best solar provider

Here are the best solar energy providers in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2022 review:

  1. Lumo Energy
  2. Red Energy
  3. Dodo
  4. Origin
  5. Alinta Energy
  6. AGL
  7. EnergyAustralia
  8. Simply Energy
  9. Aurora Energy
  10. ActewAGL

Lumo Energy was the only solar electricity provider to be rated five stars for overall satisfaction by its solar customers this year. In fact, it achieved top marks across almost all research categories, including value for money, customer service, bill & cost clarity, ease of sign-up and online tools and advice. Red Energy, Dodo, Origin, Alinta Energy, AGL, EnergyAustralia and Simply Energy received four stars for overall satisfaction. It was three stars overall for Aurora Energy and just two stars for ActewAGL.

Read on for our updated guide to solar energy companies in Australia, their feed-in tariffs and what you can do to get a better deal, starting with the basics on the installation costs of solar and whether it’s still worth the investment. But first, here is a glance at the solar-specific deals on our database:

Solar Plans in Australia

Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. These are products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. These are products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. These are products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on SA Power network in Adelaide but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. These are products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Is solar still a good investment?

Solar Investment

There are many factors to consider when it comes to whether or not solar is a wise financial investment – which we’ll come to – but if you’re looking for some high-level guidance, our latest survey found that:

  • Households spent an average of $5,076 installing their solar systems. This is down from $5,361 last year, which could come down to a multitude of factors.
  • 58 per cent so far believe installing solar has been a good financial decision. This number has decreased when compared to last year.

So whether you’re considering installing solar panels for the first time, or just looking to boost the value of your current home with a better deal from a retailer, here is a guide to help you along, including details of the solar feed-in tariffs available in your area.

Solar rebates and incentives

Although there are fewer government incentives for installing solar today than there were a decade ago, there are still two schemes in place that dramatically reduce the cost of installing solar and can improve your return on investment. These are feed-in tariffs and Small-scale Technology Certificates.

Small-scale Technology Certificates

Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) are part of a federal scheme which rewards customers with a form of rebate. When a household installs a solar system, it will receive a number of STCs. The amount awarded depends on the customer’s location, as well as their generator size. These certificates can be sold on an open market or given to your solar installer for a hefty discount on your system.

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Solar Feed-in Tariffs

If your solar panels produce more electricity than you can use, the excess solar power will be fed into the energy grid for your retailer to sell to other customers. For each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity that a solar system exports, your solar company credits you a small rebate called a ‘feed-in tariff’ (FiT). This is also occasionally referred to as a ‘buy-back’ rate.

Feed-in tariffs by state

There is no nationwide solar scheme in place, meaning that feed-in tariff rates vary across the country. Some states enforce mandated feed-in tariff rates, while others only provide ‘recommendations’ and some simply leave it up to the retailers to set their rates. Below is a list of mandated or recommended feed-in tariffs across Australia, but the good news is most retailers offer higher rates than the minimum required (which we’ll come to at the end of the page).

State Feed-in Tariff Note
Victoria 6.7c/kWh Current mandatory minimum
South Australia 6.8c/kWh Previous mandatory minimum
New South Wales 4.6-5.5c/kWh Recommended rates only
Queensland 6.583c/kWh Minimum for Ergon Energy network. There is no minimum for SEQ
Western Australia 2.75-10c/kWh On Synergy network
Tasmania 6.501c/kWh Regulated feed-in tariff

Source: Respective state government websites, June 2022. Rates subject to change. 

Time-varying feed-in tariffs

Some states have begun introducing ‘time-varying feed-in tariffs‘. This new FiT is similar to a time of use tariff in that the rate you receive for exported solar varies depending on the time of day. Customers are paid a hefty FiT rate during peak hours when everyone is using electricity, but the trade-off is that you are then paid slightly less for exported electricity throughout most of the day when demand is comparatively low.

Time-varying feed-in tariffs require a smart meter and have been compulsory in Victoria since July 2019. From this time, the minimum time-varying FiT will be 6.1-10.9c/kWh. There will also be a single range FiT of 6.7c/kWh, with one flat rate applying for all energy exported regardless of the time of day. NSW also has minimum time-dependent FiTs ranging from 4.3c/kWh and 5.1c/kWh. However, conditions apply.

Solar Bonus Schemes

Solar Bonuses

In an effort to boost solar power uptake, most state governments introduced a range of solar schemes, offering bonus feed-in tariff rates of up to 60c/kWh to customers who installed solar early on (generally before 2012). However, there have been a number of significant changes to these schemes over recent years.

At the end of 2016, the New South Wales Solar Bonus Scheme came to its natural conclusion and households in the state stopped receiving feed-in tariff rates of 20 or 60 cents per kWh. The silver lining for solar customers in NSW is that most solar retailers have increased their basic feed-in tariffs following recommendations from the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

It’s much better news for Queenslanders as their state government has committed to upholding its Solar Bonus Scheme until 2028. Meanwhile solar bonus schemes in South Australia were somewhat reduced in 2016. However, SA solar customers may still receive a 44c/kWh feed-in tariff until 2028, while some Victorian households will still receive 60c/kWh until 2024.

It’s important to understand that the Solar Bonus Scheme is now closed to new customers. This means that if you have recently installed a solar system – or you plan to soon – you will not receive a premium feed-in tariff, only the basic FiT of about four to 18 cents per kWh, depending on your location and retailer. However, some solar companies are now offering seemingly generous rates of their own to attract new customers.

List of Feed-in Tariffs by Retailer

Solar has become a competitive space for energy retailers, with some trying to give themselves an edge by offering higher feed-in tariff rates. Below is a list of the solar retailers in our report and the feed-in tariffs they currently offer across the major states. Keep in mind this list does not include all retailers, so be sure to shop around and keep all your options open.

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Energy Provider NSW VIC QLD SA ACT
AGL 5c-10c 6.7c 5c-10c 5c-10c
Alinta Energy 6.7c 6.7c 8c 8c
EnergyAustralia 7.6c-10c 7.1c-10c 6.6c-10c 8.5c-10c 7.6c-10c
Lumo Energy 6.7c 3c
Origin 2c-20c 6.7c-20c 2c-20c 3c-20c 7c-20c
Red Energy 6c-18c 6.7c-8c 5c-11.5c 3c 6c
Simply Energy 5.5c 6.7c 4.5c 4.5c

Source: Respective retailer Basic Plan Information Documents for single rate tariff plans only, June 2022.

You might notice that Lumo Energy – the winner of our 2022 ratings – doesn’t offer the biggest feed-in tariffs on the market in some areas. But it’s important to understand that a higher feed-in tariff won’t necessarily mean it’s a better deal on electricity. It could be the case that it is simply masking increased usage and supply charges. That’s why it’s important to shop around and compare energy deals to see which provider and plan is best for you, with regards to the feed-in tariff you receive, but also what you pay for the power you draw from the grid.

Net vs Gross Solar Metering

To get the most out of your solar, it’s important to know the difference between net metering and gross metering.

  • Gross metering: All of the electricity your solar panels produce is exported to the energy grid.
  • Net metering: Electricity produced by solar panels is used by the home and only the excess electricity is exported to the grid.

Because the price of electricity usually exceeds the buy-back rate on solar, it’s generally advised that customers remain on a net metering setup. That said, those who receive a premium feed-in tariff on a Solar Bonus Scheme will often save more with gross metering. You’ve probably heard people boast about ‘making money’ from their solar and not paying anything for energy? These are those people!

Installing Solar: What to Consider

Installing Solar

Most Australians are by now well aware of the advantages of solar power. That said, it’s not necessarily a good investment for everyone. If you’re yet to install solar, here are a few key points to consider:

  • Location: Households in sunnier areas such as the NT, QLD, WA and parts of NSW stand to benefit the most from solar panels. Most areas of VIC and SA can also be suitable for solar power, provided they receive favourable weather.
  • System size: Picking the right sized solar system will depend on how you plan to use it. Consider your rates, how much electricity your property uses, and if you’re eligible for a FiT. If you’re on the fence about what system size you should choose, you might want to opt for a small (and cheaper) one – you can always upsize in the future. To give you some idea, we’ve previously found 3kW and 5kW systems to be the most popular with survey respondents.
  • The cost: The hefty price tag is undoubtedly the biggest barrier to installing solar, with our latest survey finding customers spent an average of around $5,076. While the price of solar is generally coming down, even the most basic system will set you back a few thousand dollars.

Solar Storage Batteries

solar storage unit is a battery capable of storing the electricity your solar panels produce, rather than having it exported to the energy network. Solar battery technology has improved considerably in recent years and new residential products such as the Tesla Powerwall, Ecoult Ultrabattery and Aquion battery have helped bring the technology to the mainstream market. Check out our page on solar battery retailers in Australia for more details.

Solar storage batteries still remain fairly uncommon. That said, almost a quarter of respondents to our 2021 survey (24%) said they aspire to go 100 per cent off the grid. To do so, you’ll need a significant storage capacity.

Solar customers that receive a small feed-in tariff stand to save the most with a solar battery. By storing electricity for later use, the customer is saving the price they would have paid for electricity. This is often a saving of 20 to 35 cents per kWh, rather than the four to 18 cents they might have received with a feed-in tariff. Unfortunately, solar batteries remain quite expensive in Australia, costing upwards of $15,000 to purchase and install. At present, that means a solar battery might end up costing you more than you will save, though that will depend on the size of your solar system, as well as the price you pay for electricity.

Solar Plans: What’s available?

Solar is set to reshape the Australian energy market in the coming decades, and it’s quickly becoming a key battleground for energy companies. We are seeing solar energy providers getting increasingly creative with their plans. Diamond Energy, for example, introduced its GridCredits100 plan a few years back, which gives eligible solar customers up to 100c/kWh for electricity at times of high network demand. Some retailers have also experimented with variable rate feed-in tariffs, where the rate you receive for your solar-generated electricity will vary depending on current wholesale prices.

While there are some solar-focused energy retailers and products, in the majority of cases, signing up to a solar plan will not be too dissimilar to an ordinary electricity plan. The only difference is that you will also receive a feed-in tariff, so assuming you’re entirely self-sufficient, you’ll still need to compare plans based on the usage and supply charges. However, it appears that solar-specific products are becoming more common, with the likes of AGL and Origin offering higher-than-average feed-in tariffs on some plans.

Solar Retailers

To help you decide which solar retailer might be the best fit for your personal circumstances, here is an overview of the 10 providers in this year’s review.

Lumo Energy

Lumo Energy

Lumo Energy has emerged as the highest-rated solar retailer for the first time since 2017, with five stars overall. Operating in Victoria and South Australia only, Lumo offers fairly competitive feed-in tariffs on its range of energy plans. This earned it five stars in our ratings for value for money, customer service, bill & cost clarity, ease of sign-up, online tools & advice and overall satisfaction. Lumo Energy is one of two retail brands owned by renewable energy generation company, Snowy Hydro – the other being Red Energy. Both Lumo and Red have a rewards program to offer additional value. Lumo Rewards brings various savings at retail stores, restaurants and cinemas.

Red Energy

Red Energy logo

Last year’s winner, Red Energy is a well-rounded retailer, offering competitive electricity rates as well as moderate feed-in tariffs. This year, the retailer landed four stars across most research categories. It did however, earn a notable five stars for value for money, customer service, ease of sign-up and focus on environment.  Red Energy has one solar-specific plan in NSW, and offers attractive FiT rates across its standard plans in other states. The retailer’s big selling point is its partnership with Qantas which bring Frequent Flyer points with some plans, while customers on its other plan have access to Red Energy Rewards – the retailer’s loyalty program that delivers money off various leisure and entertainment activities.

Dodo

Dodo Energy logo

Dodo is owned by the Vocus Group, the company behind lots of names in the telco industry, including iPrimus. Known more as an internet and phone provider, Dodo completes the full set of home services by also selling energy with solar. Dodo operates across most eastern states, with a fairly consistent feed-in tariff attached to each plan. The retailer landed on four stars overall this year, as well as for its customer service, value for money, focus on environment and online tools and advice. While it scored three stars for its bill & cost clarity and ease of sign-up, Dodo did manage a five star rating for its solar feed-in tariff.

Origin

Origin Energy Logo

As one of Australia’s largest energy retailers, Origin Energy has a wide range of electricity deals, including the ‘Solar Boost’ and ‘Solar Boost Plus’. Customers must have purchased a solar system from Origin to receive the best feed-in tariff. All dedicated products include above-average feed-in tariffs, and all standard Origin electricity plans include average to low buy-back rates. Origin also sells and installs solar panels, batteries, inverters, home monitoring systems and practically anything else you will need to start saving on electricity with solar. Origin has moved up the ranks this year, coming in fourth with four stars overall.

Alinta Energy

alinta energy logo

Alinta Energy is a rapidly-growing energy provider, operating across QLD, NSW, SA, Victoria and WA. Alinta doesn’t offer much in the way of solar and its feed-in tariffs are below average in most states. However, Alinta Energy tends to offer some of the most competitive usage rates on the market, so solar customers could still get a good overall deal. This year, Alinta Energy scored four stars across most research categories, with its only three star ratings for bill & cost clarity, ease of sign-up and focus on environment. Alinta Energy also has a rewards program which brings savings on multiple leisure and entertainment activities.

AGL

AGL logo

One of Australia’s largest electricity, natural gas and solar retailers, AGL offers a diverse range of energy products to suit varying needs and preferences. These include a specific deal for solar customers in the shape of ‘AGL Solar Savers’, which delivers higher than average feed-in tariffs across the states. But you may need to specifically ask for this product given that AGL does not always make it publicly available in all areas. All other AGL plans provide reduced but reasonably competitive FiTs. AGL achieved four stars overall, with a mixed bag of three and four star reviews across all other research areas.

EnergyAustralia

EnergyAustralia logo

Unlike Origin, EnergyAustralia doesn’t offer any specific solar products, but its standard plans do still include competitive feed-in tariffs. Combined with large guaranteed discounts, solar customers could get a good deal from EnergyAustralia, but be sure to check the basic usage rates being charged. In our latest review, EnergyAustralia scored four stars for overall satisfaction and across most categories including value for money and customer service. It did, however, score just three stars for bill & cost clarity and two stars for its solar feed-in tariff.

Simply Energy

Simply Energy logoSimply Energy has a host of interesting energy offers such as products including movie rewards points and deals exclusive to members of certain clubs. Simply Energy offers competitive feed-in tariffs in some states, as well as reasonable unconditional discounts for customers who are members of participating auto clubs. Customers in NSW, VIC and QLD have access to a plan specifically marketed at solar customers, which offers a boosted feed-in tariff. This year, the retailer has managed to score four stars overall, with a mix bag of four and three star ratings across the remaining research categories.

Aurora Energy

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Aurora Energy was the first and only company retailing electricity in Tasmania. Only in the past few years have a handful of other companies sprung up as competition in the state. Aurora Energy has landed just three stars for overall satisfaction, with only two stars for its feed in tariff rate. The Tassie retailer faired better in other research areas like customer service and ease of sign-up, though, walking away with four stars.

ActewAGL

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Focusing its efforts to the Australian Capitol Territory, ActewAGL services residential and business customers in the ACT, Queanbeyan and south-east New South Wales. In addition to offering electricity and gas services, ActewAGL also sells and installs solar panels, inverters and storage systems in the ACT and surrounding areas, in partnership with Solarhub. Despite offering a decent FiT across its standard plans, ActewAGL has rounded out our ratings this year, managing to score just two stars overall. It did however score three stars for its customer service, bill & cost clarity, ease of sign-up and solar feed-in tariff.

How to get the best value from solar

A growing number of Aussies are turning to solar to escape rising power prices. Recognising this, more and more energy retailers are focusing on products designed to help solar customers save. Households with solar panels now have an unprecedented number of options available to them, meaning it’s more important than ever to frequently compare providers and products. It also means that you need to be increasingly wary of traps – while a particular plan might include a very juicy feed-in tariff, this may be compensated for with increased electricity rates or smaller discounts.

When comparing providers, be sure to look at their energy price fact sheets and ask plenty of questions if you’re unsure about any of the terms. Just like all energy users, solar customers shouldn’t just set and forget with one provider. Make sure you regularly compare retailers and plans so you can truly maximise your solar savings.

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About the author of this page

This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s energy content producer, Kelseigh Wrigley. As a qualified journalist, Kelseigh aims to light the way for everyday Aussies, helping them find a better deal on their energy plan. Whether it’s value for money, new incentives, deals on gas or solar, Kelseigh is keen to help customers put money back in their pockets.

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NSW Solar Feed-In Tariffs

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Retailer Minimum Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Maximum Feed-in Tariff (kWh)
AGL 5c 10c (for first 14kWh/day, 5c/kWh thereafter)
Alinta Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Amber Electric 0c 0c
Bright Spark Power TBC TBC
CovaU Energy 8.5c (for first 2,500kWh/quarter) 8.5c (for first 2,500kWh/quarter)
Diamond Energy 0c 7c
Discover Energy 6c 6c
Dodo 7c 11.6c
Electricity in a Box TBC TBC
Elysian Energy TBC TBC
EnergyAustralia 7.6c 10c
Energy Locals 7c 7c
Enova Energy 0c 7c (first 5kWh/day, 4c thereafter)
Future X Power 4c 4c
GEE Energy TBC TBC
GloBird Energy 3c 20c
Glow Power 7c 7c
Kogan Energy 0c 4.35c
Mojo Power 8c 8c
Momentum Energy 0c 0c
Nectr TBC TBC
Origin Energy 2c 20c (must purchase solar system through Origin that’s under 7kW)
OVO Energy 0c 0c
Powerclub 0c 4c
Powershop 0c 13c
QEnergy 8c 8c
Radian Energy 6c 6c
ReAmped Energy TBC TBC
Red Energy 6c 18c (for the first 5kWh/day, 6c thereafter)
Simply Energy 5.5c 5.5c
Smart Energy TBC TBC
Social Energy* 9c 40c (for the first 300kWh/quarter, must have solar & battery, 9c thereafter)
Sumo 5.5c 8c
Tango Energy 5.5c 5.5c
1st Energy 6c 6c

Feed-in tariffs are for residential customers on a single rate tariff in Sydney on the Ausgrid network. *Enhanced solar and battery FiT only available to eligible customers. Accurate as of June 2022.

The NSW regulator recommends a feed-in tariff of between 4.6 and 5.5c/kWh, however as you can see, most retailers exceed this suggestion. Most of the better-known retailers in the state do not have any specialised solar products, but there are a few companies that do often have much higher feed-in rates than their competitors.

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VIC Solar Feed-In Tariffs

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Retailer Minimum Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Maximum Feed-in Tariff (kWh)
AGL 6.7c 6.7c
Alinta Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Amber Electric 6.7c 6.7c
CovaU Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Diamond Energy 0c 7c
Discover Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Dodo 6.7c 8c
Elysian Energy 7c 7c
EnergyAustralia 7.1c 10c
Energy Locals 7c 7c
GloBird Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Kogan Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Lumo Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Momentum Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Origin Energy 6.7c 20c (must purchase solar system through Origin that’s under 7kW)
OVO Energy 6.7c 6.7c
People Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Powerclub 6.7c 6.7c
Powershop 6.7c 6.7c
QEnergy 6.7c 6.7c
ReAmped Energy TBC TBC
Red Energy 6.7c 8c
Simply Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Sumo 6.7c 6.7c
Tango Energy 6.7c 6.7
1st Energy 6.7c 6.7c

Feed-in tariffs are for residential customers on a single rate tariff in Melbourne on the Citipower Network. Accurate as of June 2022.

Victoria is the only state to impose a legal minimum feed-in tariff on a competitive energy market. As of July 2021, the minimum FiT is 6.7c. As you can see, some retailers simply offer the bare minimum, but there are some solar specific products with much higher FiT rates. The introduction of the minimum flat-rate FiT was accompanied by the introduction of time-varying FiTs. Under new laws, all retailers must offer either a single rate FiT, time-varying FiT, or both.

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QLD Solar Feed-In Tariffs

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Retailer Minimum Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Maximum Feed-in Tariff (kWh)
AGL 5c 10c (for first 14kWh/day, 5c/kWh thereafter)
Alinta Energy 0c 8c
Amber Electric 0c 0c
Bright Spark Power TBC TBC
CovaU Energy 5.5c 5.5c
Diamond Energy 0c 7c
Discover Energy 6c 6c
Dodo 8.5c 8.5c
Electricity in a Box TBC TBC
Elysian Energy TBC TBC
EnergyAustralia 6.6c 10c
Energy Locals 6c 6c
Enova Energy 0c 6c (for the first 5kWh/day, 3c thereafter)
Future X Power 4c 4c
GEE Energy TBC TBC
GloBird Energy 3c 5c
Glow Power 7c 7c
Kogan Energy 0c 2.88c
LPE TBC TBC
Mojo Power 8c 8c
Momentum Energy 0c 0c
Nectr TBC TBC
Origin Energy 2c 20c (must purchase solar system through Origin that’s under 7kW)
OVO Energy 0c 0c
Powerclub 0c 2.05c
Powershop 0c 3.5c
QEnergy 8c 8c
Radian Energy 7c 7c
ReAmped Energy TBC TBC
Red Energy 5c 11.5c (for the first 5kWh/day, 5c thereafter)
Simply Energy 4.5c 4.5c
Smart Energy TBC TBC
Social Energy* 8.3c 40c (for the first 300kWh/quarter, must have solar & battery, 8.3c thereafter)
Sumo 6c 12c (for the first 5kWh/day, 7c thereafter)
Tango Energy 5c 5c
1st Energy 6c 6c

Feed-in tariffs are for residential customers on a single rate tariff in Brisbane on the Energex network. *Enhanced solar and battery FiT only available to eligible customers. Accurate as of June 2022.

Aside from Ergon Energy, all Queensland retailers have free reign to set their own feed-in tariffs. Those with solar specific deals tend to offer higher rates.

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SA Solar Feed-In Tariffs

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Retailer Minimum Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Maximum Feed-in Tariff (kWh)
AGL 5c 10c (for first 14kWh/day, 5c/kWh thereafter)
Alinta Energy 8c 8c
Amber Electric 0c 0c
CovaU Energy 5.5c 5.5c
Diamond Energy 0c 7c
Discover Energy 6c 6c
Dodo 11.6c 11.6c
Elysian Energy TBC TBC
EnergyAustralia 8.5c 10c
Energy Locals 6.5c 6.5c
Future X Power 4c 4c
GloBird Energy 1c 3c
Glow Power 7c 7c
Kogan Energy 0c 2.06c
Lumo Energy 3c 3c
Mojo Power 6.8c 6.8c
Momentum Energy 0c 0c
Nectr TBC TBC
Origin Energy 3c 20c (must purchase a solar system through Origin that’s under 7kW)
OVO Energy 0c 0c
Powerclub 0c 1c
Powershop 0c 3c
QEnergy 6.8c 6.8c
ReAmped Energy TBC TBC
Red Energy 3c 3c
Simply Energy 4.5c 4.5c
Social Energy* 10.75c 40c (for the first 300kWh/quarter, must have solar & battery, 10.75c thereafter)
Sumo 8c 8c
Tango Energy 0c 20c (for the first 3.5kWh/day, 7.5c thereafter – must purchase solar system through Tango Energy)
1st Energy 8c 8c

Feed-in tariffs are for residential customers on a single rate tariff in Adelaide on the SA Power Network. *Enhanced solar and battery FiT only available to eligible customers. Accurate as of June 2022.

South Australia has had quite a surge in feed-in tariff rates recently. Most retailers now offer FiTs upward of 7c/kWh, although it seems some didn’t get the memo.

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ACT Solar Feed-In Tariffs

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Retailer Minimum Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Maximum Feed-in Tariff (kWh)
ActewAGL 7.2c 10c
Amber Electric 0c 0c
CovaU Energy 5.5c 5.5c
Discover Energy 6c 6c
Elysian Energy 7c 7c
EnergyAustralia 7.6c 10c
Energy Locals 7c 7c
Nectr TBC TBC
Origin Energy 7c 20c (must purchase solar system through Origin that’s under 7kW)
Powerclub 0c 4c
Radian Energy 6c 6c
ReAmped Energy TBC TBC
Red Energy 6c 6c
Social Energy* 9c 40c (for the first 300kWh/quarter, must have solar & battery, 9c thereafter)

Source: Canstar Blue electricity database/respective retailer websites, June 2022. *Enhanced solar and battery FiT only available to eligible customers.

Tasmania Solar Feed-In Tariffs

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Retailer Minimum Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Maximum Feed-in Tariff (kWh)
Aurora Energy 6.501c 6.501c
CovaU Energy 0c 0c
Elysian Energy TBC TBC
Energy Locals 6.5c 6.6c
Future X Power 0c 0c
Glow Power TBC TBC
1st Energy 6.501c 10c

Source: Canstar Blue electricity database/respective retailer websites, June 2022.

The newly-competitive Tasmanian energy market now gives households a few more retailers to consider in the form of 1st Energy, CovaU Energy, Energy Locals, Future X Power and Glow Power, some of which have come to the table with compelling offers for solar customers.

WA Solar Feed-In Tariffs

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Retailer Minimum Feed-in Tariff (kWh) Maximum Feed-in Tariff (kWh)
Synergy 2.75c (off-peak/shoulder times) 10c (peak times)
Horizon Power 3c (off-peak/shoulder times) 10c (peak times)

Source: Respective retailer and WA government websites, June 2022.

If you live in Western Australia you unfortunately have no choice of electricity retailer, with Synergy and Horizon Power covering metro and regional areas respectively.

Important Notes

Canstar Blue surveyed 12,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have a solar electricity account and pay the bills – in this case, 2,090 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

2021

Winner: Red Energy

2020

Winner: Red Energy

2019

Winner: 1st Energy

2018

Winner: Red Energy

2017

Winner: Lumo Energy

2016

Winner: Click Energy