The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme was closed on 31 December 2016 and as of 1 January 2017 you will no longer receiving subsidised payments (of 60c or 20c per kilowatt hour) for the solar power you feed into the grid. The scheme was a great success adding more than 342MW of renewable energy capacity to the grid – more than three times the capacity of Australia’s largest solar farm.

The tariff has now reverted back to an unsubsidised feed-in tariff as nominated by your retailer for the electricity your panels feed into the grid.

To get the most benefit out of your solar PV system now the scheme has closed, you should try to use the solar power you generate to meet as much of your home’s energy needs as possible, rather than using more expensive grid electricity.

If you were a gross metered customer and you haven’t already changed to a net metering arrangement you will not be able to use your solar power in your home. A net meter allows you to consume the energy you generate in your home and export any excess power you don’t use to the grid.

If you wish to change to net metering, consider a digital (smart) meter, which can give you access to additional benefits to help you save on electricity bills. Most retailers are offering digital (smart) meters at no upfront cost to the customers and we recommend you shop around and compare various packages retailers have to offer.

The Division of Resources and Energy (DRE) has developed a range of materials to assist you to make the most of your solar PV system into the future, including fact sheets, videos and responses to frequently asked questions.