Solar Power Buy-Back Rates

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Solar Power Buy-Back Rates

Updated: April 2020

Solar power buy-back rates are the price per unit at which energy retailers pay for excess/exported solar power.

Energy Retailer

Solar Power Buy Back Rate

Max. System Size:

Contact Energy

8 ¢ / kWh, + GST

Up to 10kW


8 ¢ / kWh (With the exception of a couple of networks) or
12 ¢ / kWh (Only for newly supplied Mercury Solar customers that enter in a 3yr contract)

Up to 10kW

Trust Power

7 ¢ / kWh, + GST (Or peer to peer rates you negotiate via Trust Power's Solar Buddies Scheme - view details here)

Up to 10kW


8 ¢ / kWh +GST

Up to 10kW


12 ¢ / kWh excl. GST: 

Up to 50kW


9 ¢ / kWh + GST

(This solar export rate varies from month to month)


Nova Energy

7.4 ¢ / kWh: + GST

Up to 10kW


8¢ / kWh: + GST (Residential customers only)


You need to make sure that no more than half of your power is being exported to the grid (unless you have an exceptional buy-back rate), this is to secure a good ROI from your solar power system.

Energy Retailer Solar Power/Distributed Generation Application Forms and Links

Contact Energy - Buyback arrangement details & a link to download their application form
Trust Power - Domestic generation information
Genesis - Application for distributed generation
P2 Power - Solar buyback price details
Nova Energy - Nova Energy Solar buy-back price details
Powershop - Buy-back rate for solar power