Monday, September 30, 2013

Can I Expand My NSW 60 Cent Gross Solar System?

NSW SBS 60 Cent Gross Options
The following is extracted from the NSW Trade & Investment's SOLAR BONUS SCHEME web page, primarily for adding clarity to questions from the Australian householder, regarding the available options when it comes to modifications to existing solar systems.

I am a 60 cent Solar Bonus Scheme customer. I wish to expand the generating capacity of my solar system. What are my options?

NSW Solar Bonus Scheme customers receiving the 60 cents per kilowatt hour tariff who increase their Scheme generator’s capacity will move to the 20 cents per kilowatt hour tariff unless the components (for the expansion) were purchased on or before 27 October 2010.

The customer will remain eligible for the 20 cent tariff provided the system does not exceed 10 kilowatts (kW) of generation capacity.

Alternatively, Solar Bonus Scheme customers who receive the 60 cents per kilowatt hour tariff MAY EXPAND their overall generating capacity and retain the 60 cents tariff for their Scheme generator, if the additional capacity is from a separately metered non-Scheme generator.

No Scheme payments are available for the non-Scheme generator. Customers should check what feed-in tariffs are available and confirm with their preferred retailer whether they will pay a non-Scheme tariff in addition to the Scheme tariff. At the time of writing this entry in NSW this is 6 or 8 cents per exported kilowatt.

Customers should consider how the expansion of their solar PV system will affect Scheme tariff payments and other benefits before deciding to expand the generating capacity of their solar PV system.

For detailed information on the effect of expanding a 60 cent or 20 cent GROSS system visit the NSW Trade & Investment's SOLAR BONUS SCHEME web page.

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