3 Ways to Keep the 44c Feed in Tariff (FiT)
If you’re one of the early adopters of solar, and you installed your system before 2012, you’re probably on the highly coveted 44c Feed in Tariff (FiT). Not only are you probably covering your bills, but you’re probably getting a nice payout from your electricity retailer each month.
There’s only one problem; you can’t upgrade or add to your solar system without losing that lucrative 44c and being downgraded to a measly 15c, in some areas or even as low as 6.4c in other areas
While later solar adopters can add additional systems or upgrade, you’re stuck with the system you bought years ago, while solar’s size, and efficiency, has continued to evolve.
The good news is that there are some ways you can still save more, and add additional solar, without risking your 44c FiT.
Replacing your solar system
If your solar system is looking a little worse for wear, there’s good news; you can replace parts of the system, as long as you don’t exceed the original size. If your original system was 3.5kw, this means your replacement system can’t exceed that amount. Panels have become far more efficient over the years, so this might mean your six panels are replaced with three, leaving more room on your roof.
There are certain rules involved in replacing a solar system on the 44c tariff, however, so we recommend you talk to an experienced solar installer who knows the process and steps involved in dealing with your energy retailer without losing your tariff.
Upgrading Your Solar System
Want a bigger system? Although you can’t upgrade the size of your existing PV without risking your tariff, the good news is that you can add additional measures to save power.
Install More Solar, Keep Your 44c Tariff
- Solar hot water systems – The good news about solar hot water is that it’s a non-electrical energy solution, so it’s not counted towards your limit. The energy that was going into your hot water system will now go back to the grid, meaning more money in your pocket.
- Solar pool pumps – If you have a pool, it’s probably adding quite a bit to your electricity usage. The good news is that it is possible to make these guys run off-grid.
If you’re looking to save even more on your bills, while still making money on your current system, there are options available. As a local business who are experienced with upgrading, replacing and adding to 44c tariff systems, we can make sure the process goes smoothly. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss the best option, customised for your home.