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Volume 9 Issue 9 - 14 September, 2017

Explaining the Pending 44c FiT Legislation Changes
Electrical Partners Portal Update & Battery Notification to Energex


Explaining the Pending 44c FiT Legislation Changes

An Amendment Bill related to the 44c Feed-in Tariff (FiT) was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 15 June 2017. This Bill is yet to be passed and it is likely to be debated in Parliament during October 2017. The Amendment Bill and the associated Explanatory Notes can be found on the Queensland Government website.

The following information is designed to assist you to understand the implications of this planned legislation change. The information provided assumes that you have read the Explanatory Notes.

Batteries and additional generators
The intent of the legislation change is to ensure customers on the 44c FiT are free, if they wish, to install a battery. However, customers cannot use a battery or a second generating unit on the same electrical installation, i.e. same tariff, as the 44c-eligible FiT PV system to increase the volume of export beyond a level otherwise possible. The battery must be programmed to only discharge into the premises at night or during a grid outage. There must be no overlap of PV generation and battery discharge. More details will be provided once the legislation changes are finalised.

Array upgrades
If an array upgrade on a 44c-eligible system occurs and results in the total array capacity exceeding the total inverter capacity, the 44c FiT will be forfeited.

The exemption to this is if a sales contract between the customer and the PV retailer/installer was entered into before 15 June 2017 and a copy of that sales contract can be provided to the distributor upon request.

If one or more panels of an array requires replacement and the proposed new array capacity is greater than the inverter capacity, then installers should ensure the total array capacity doesn’t exceed the original array capacity. This is irrespective of whether or not the replacement is under warranty.

Monitoring compliance
We apply complex algorithms to metering data to identify changes in both export and consumption levels that indicate unapproved changes to PV systems. We also access aerial imagery when necessary to calculate the approximate array capacity installed.

If we suspect an unapproved capacity increase, we will investigate, where relevant remove the 44c FiT and seek to identify the installer involved.



Electrical Partners Portal Update & Battery Notification

Electrical Partners Portal update
Please note,  as the Clean Energy Council has now reclassified the Tesla Powerwall 2 rating to 5kW this has resulted in us updating our application process within our Electrical Partners Portal to make it easier for you to do business with us.

The Tesla Powerwall 2 rating can now be selected as an option in the Equipment section of a Solar application. Please see below an example of an application that has provided us correct information;

Please select the Tesla Powerwall 2 option when you are intending to install a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery inverter, otherwise these details will not be captured in the assessment or offer and will result in either a non-compliant installation or submission of additional applications.

Please see below an example of an application that has provided us incorrect information which will result in non-compliance or additional application re-submissions;

If you are intending to add a Tesla Powerwall 2 battery inverter to an existing system, you are required to submit your application as an Increase application.

Battery notification
When you are planning to install grid connected inverter/s and or batteries that have either integration or co-generation with the network, it is a legislative requirement that you submit an application to advise us of intent to connect your battery storage system to the network.

To notify Energex that you are installing a battery you can do this via the Electrical Partners Portal.


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