ActewAGL Small Generator Buyback Scheme

This voluntary scheme is currently open.

Terms and conditions

    1. This is not a government-mandated scheme; it is offered by ActewAGL on a voluntary basis. ActewAGL may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme without notice.
    2. This scheme is available for renewable energy generators connected to the Evoenergy electricity network in the ACT with generation capacities limited to: a. less than 10 kilowatts for customers supplied under residential tariff; or b. less than 30 kilowatts for customers supplied under business tariffs. Any changes to the meter or metering configuration will be at the customer’s expense.
    3. Subject to (1) and (2), ActewAGL will purchase exported electricity from a customer’s scheme-compliant generator at 8c/kWh*.
    4. Imported electricity will be billed at the customer’s published or contracted tariff energy rate(s). The customer must continue to pay the supply charge and any other applicable charges.
    5. For the purpose of this scheme, a customer is the person whose name appears on the electricity account for the premises connected to the Evoenergy electricity network in the ACT.
    6. ‘Imported electricity’ means electricity flowing through the customer’s meter from the electricity network into the customer’s premises.
    7. ‘Exported electricity’ means electricity generated by the scheme-compliant generator that results in energy flowing through the customer’s electricity meter from the customer’s premises into the electricity network.
    8. GST will be added to the generation purchase amount where the customer is registered to charge GST.

    *This rate applies to ACT customers on a Standard Retail Contract only. For a Market Retail Contract the rate may differ.

    1. This is not a government-mandated scheme; it is offered by ActewAGL on a voluntary basis. ActewAGL may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme without notice.
    2. This scheme is available for renewable energy generators with less than 10 kilowatts of generation capacity connected to the electricity network. Any changes to the meter or metering configuration will be at the customer’s expense.
    3. Subject to (1) and (2), ActewAGL will purchase exported electricity from a customer’s scheme-compliant generator at 8c/kWh.
    4. Imported electricity will be billed at the customer’s published or contracted tariff energy rate(s). The customer must continue to pay the supply charge and any other applicable charges.
    5. For the purpose of this scheme, a customer is the person whose name appears on the electricity account for the premises connected to electricity network.
    6. ‘Imported electricity’ means electricity flowing through the customer’s meter from the electricity network into the customer’s premises.
    7. ‘Exported electricity’ means electricity generated by the scheme-compliant generator that results in energy flowing through the customer’s electricity meter from the customer’s premises into the electricity network.
    8. GST will be added to the generation purchase amount where the customer is registered to charge GST.

Frequently asked questions

  • The Small Generator Buyback Scheme is an ActewAGL-initiated scheme, where ActewAGL purchase electricity exported from a customer’s generator at the scheme’s current feed-in tariff rate.

    The scheme is open to:

    • Residential customers with less than 10kW of generation capacity (ACT and NSW).
    • Small business customers with less than 30kW (ACT only) who are connected to the Evoenergy distribution network.
    • Small business customers with less than 10kW who are connected to the Essential Energy Network in NSW.
    • Small business customers with less than 10kW who are connected to the Endeavour Energy Network in NSW.

    Any changes to the meter or metering configuration will be at the customer’s expense.

    Separate supply arrangements apply in relation to the consumption of energy at the premises, in accordance with the relevant customer retail contract. Customers connected under this scheme are still required to pay supply charges.


  • There is currently no end date. As this isn’t a government-mandated scheme, ActewAGL may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme. 

  • The price you pay for using electricity from the grid includes a number of costs associated with generating, transporting and selling electricity. These include:

    • Wholesale electricity purchase costs. The cost of purchasing electricity from large-scale generators.
    • Network costs. The cost of transporting electricity across the distribution and transmission networks.
    • Retail costs. Including marketing, maintaining billing systems and customer support.
    • Green scheme costs. The costs of complying with Federal and State/Territory environmental schemes.

    The amount you receive as a credit for export is solely for the amount of electricity you export. It excludes network costs, retail costs and green scheme costs. 


  • No, the amount of the rate paid doesn’t vary with CPI. ActewAGL may at any time vary the rate or withdraw the scheme without notice.  

  • Yes. Provided we continue to offer the Small Generator Buyback Scheme, you may increase the capacity of your existing generator and remain qualified. The total capacity of your generator needs to also remain less than 10 kilowatts.

  • You’ll obtain the maximum benefit from your solar generator under this scheme if your meter has a net metering configuration. But note that any changes to the meter or metering configuration will be at your cost, and must be carried out by a licensed electrician.

    Under a net metering configuration your premises will use the electricity generated by your system on-site, and will only export electricity to the distribution network at times when your solar system is generating more power than your premises is currently using. 

    Solar generation used on-site is electricity that would otherwise be imported from the distribution network at your published tariff rate.


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