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Solar energy

AGL will help you harness the power of the sun.

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Renewables

Solar and wind power lead the charge in our renewables portfolio.

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Affordable energy is in everyone’s interest

The decisions we make today will be the foundation of a future for Australia where energy is not only affordable, but also reliable and sustainable.

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Yalumba's solar story

This SA winery is producing around 2,000 MWh of electricity per year using solar.

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AGL's interactive asset map

Find out where our significant assets are located.

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Solar and renewables FAQs

What’s AGL’s stance on renewables and sustainability?

AGL has committed to get out of coal fired generation, starting in 2022 and ending by 2050.

We already run one of Australia's largest solar plant and wind farm and we've started a fund that will invest in approximately 1,000 MW of large-scale renewable generation for everyone.

Read more about our sustainable commitments here.


How do solar power systems impact electricity bills?

Installing a solar power system can result in a significant reduction of overall bill amounts.

A solar power system harnesses energy from sunlight via solar panels on the roof and converts it into electricity. Generating electricity in this way is considered environmentally friendly as it produces no direct greenhouse gas emissions.

With a net metered solar power system, the electricity that is generated is used by the home or business, and any excess electricity (where the solar power system is generating more than is being used in the home or business at any point in time) is fed back into the electricity grid.

With a gross metered solar power system, all the electricity that is generated is fed back into the electricity grid.

Customers with either a net or gross metered solar power system are paid for the excess electricity that is fed back into the grid in the form of Solar Feed-in credit on their electricity bills.

So a net metered solar power system reduces the amount of electricity that homes and businesses need to buy for use during the day. Plus, the Feed-in Credits for solar electricity not used by the home or business and fed into the grid helps off-set the cost of electricity that is purchased from the grid.

With a gross metered solar power system all the solar electricity generated is fed into the grid, for which the home or business will receive Feed-in Credits, but all the electricity used by the home or business is drawn from the grid and paid for under the customer's energy plan.

Solar Feed-in tariffs, which are used to calculate Solar Feed-in bill credits, differ from State to State and may depend on when a Solar Feed-in agreement was entered into and the type of metering that is set up.

The amount of any solar Feed-in Credits received will depend on geographical location, the size of the solar power system installed and, in the case of net metered systems, the energy usage of the home or business at the time the solar power system is generating electricity.

Installing a solar power system reduces the size of electricity bills, and can significantly do so depending on size of the particular system installed. For more information about solar power systems, please visit AGL Solar or call the AGL Solar team on 1300 274 165.


Will my solar battery power my entire home?

The current generation of solar batteries cannot completely power an average home in all circumstances, however the right battery from AGL can greatly decrease your reliance on energy from the grid. We'll work with you to determine the best option for your home and tailor a solution that fits.


I have solar panels at home – can I still join Future Forests?

You sure can. Future Forests is a great way to help offset the small carbon footprint you have at home, thanks to having solar panels installed.


Why did AGL create Future Forests?

That's easy. After speaking with our customers, we found that many were worried about climate change and wanted to do something to tackle it. But they were looking for a way that was both affordable and easy to understand. So, along came AGL Future Forests.


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