NSW Solar Bonus Scheme Closure

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The Solar Bonus Scheme will end on 31 December 2016. Customers who have been receiving a feed-in tariff of 60 cents or 20 cents under the scheme, will now receive a much lower tariff and may have to replace their meters.

If you’re a Solar Bonus Scheme customer...
You need to act or you will be worse off from 1 January 2017. Follow the steps to make sure you’re ready. For more information visit ewon.com.au/solarbonusscheme.

1. Check if you’re on the Solar Bonus Scheme by looking at your bill. If you’re receiving a 60 or 20 cent feed-in tariff you’re on the scheme.

2. Call your energy provider and ask if you need a new meter. Make sure you find out the following:

  • if they will charge you for a new meter if you need one
  • when they will install a new meter
  • what feed-in tariff they’re offering
  • what the contract terms will be – including additional charges or fees, or if you have to sign up to stay with a retailer to get a meter for free.
3. If you’re not sure you’re getting the best deal, compare your retailer’s offer to others at energymadeeasy.gov.au or talk to electricity retailers directly.

4. Sign up to a new deal as soon as possible and before 31 December. If you do nothing, you will be worse off in the new year.

5. Prepare for a higher electricity bill in the first quarter of next year – or in some cases your first bill in a long time. For tips on saving energy and water around the home visit ewon.com.au/factsheets.

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Department of Industry - Resources and Energy - Solar Bonus Scheme
Safety Fact Sheet - End of the Solar Bonus Scheme

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