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A review on feed-in tariff in Australia, what it is now and what it should be


  • Zahedi, A.


The objective of this paper is to review the feed-in tariffs introduced and now are being implemented in different states and territories of Australia for the grid-connected small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. A further objective is to take a closer look at the production cost of these solar PV systems to compare with the introduced feed-in tariffs. The review results show that the gap between production cost of PV electricity and the feed-in tariff is relatively high, particularly in those states, were feed-in tariff based on net metering is implemented.

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  • Zahedi, A., 2010. "A review on feed-in tariff in Australia, what it is now and what it should be," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 14(9), pages 3252-3255, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:14:y:2010:i:9:p:3252-3255

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