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The Western Australian residential net feed-in tariff scheme was open to applicants between 1 July 2010 to 1 August 2011. Net feed-in tariff schemes encourage the uptake of renewable energy systems by providing a premium subsidy payment for the energy these systems export to the electricity grid. Customers accepted onto the WA scheme receive payments for a period of 10 years. The Public Utilities Office (formerly the Office of Energy) oversees the scheme, which is administered by Synergy and Horizon Power.
The objectives of this initiative are to:
In 2009, the Western Australian Government announced its intention to introduce a net feed-in tariff. The Office of Energy developed Western Australia’s residential net feed-in tariff scheme after public consultation, and opened the scheme in August 2010.
After the first 10 megawatts of new generation from the scheme, the Office of Energy began a review, lasting from October 2010 to early 2011. Following the review, the Western Australian Government made changes to the scheme. These included:
Once the capacity cap was reached, the scheme closed to new applicants.
The Western Australian Government pays the feed-in tariff to eligible existing customers for a period of 10 years.
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