The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) has prepared a comprehensive report on what households with solar power need to consider when premium feed-in tariffs end in NSW, Victoria and South Australia later this year.
The Life after FiTs report was commissioned by the Total Environment Centre and funded by Energy Consumers Australia.
With more than 275,000 households across three states affected, it considered the financial impacts of the closure of the premium feed-in tariff schemes in the respective states:
- The NSW Solar Bonus Scheme and the Victorian Transitional Feed-in Tariff at the end of 2016; and
- The South Australian Feed-in Scheme at the end of September 2016.
And it looked at the opportunities for solar households who are to lose their tariffs, with a combination of different complementary technologies (e.g. batteries) and strategies, as well as related technical considerations that each option may have (e.g. metering changes).
There are three broad areas for consideration: ensuring correct metering, using the solar electricity a home produces, getting off gas, getting the best retail deal, considering batteries, and working out whether a household is battery-ready.