Find out if you're eligible
See if you are eligible to install solar, the buyback rates available and how much you could save per year.
Not all of our customers are eligible for buyback, so it's important to check before you apply.
Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS)
DEBS is the most common buyback scheme. You could be eligible if you’re a residential customer or an educational, charitable or not-for-profit organisation with a small renewable energy system (such as solar) up to 5kW.
You could also be eligible for DEBS if you’re exporting energy from a home battery or electric vehicle-to-grid system, even if your system has a capacity greater than 5kW.
Horizon Power Commercial Buyback Scheme (COBS)
If you have a system which is more than 5kW in size, and live in a town where the cost of electricity generation is high, you could be eligible for COBS. You’ll need to meet special conditions and apply to be considered for this scheme. Your eligibility could also involve further commercial negotiations, especially if you have a larger system.
How do buyback rates work?
If you’re eligible for a buyback scheme, the rate you are paid per kW depends on the time of day your system is exporting energy into the network. We offer a peak and off-peak export rate during these times:
- Peak rate: 3pm to 9pm
- Off-peak rate: All other times
I’ve moved into a house with solar. Am I eligible for a buyback scheme?
If you’re moving into a house that already has solar installed, please contact us so we can see if you’re eligible for one of these schemes and add it to your account.
Call us on 1800 267 926, between 8am and 5pm, weekdays.
How do I know if I’m receiving a buyback payment?
Is the Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme (REBS) the same as DEBS?
DEBS officially replaced REBS in November 2020. The key difference between the two schemes is that DEBS introduced ‘time of export’ buyback rates for systems under 5kW and began offering buyback payments to energy exported from eligible home batteries and electric vehicles.
REBS is no longer available for new applications. If you are already exporting power and receiving the REBS buyback rate, you’ll stay on REBS, subject to the REBS terms and conditions. If you decide to change, upgrade or modify your system in the future, or you move into a home that already has solar installed, DEBS will apply, subject to the relevant terms and conditions.
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