AGL Solar Plans, Feed-in-Tariff, and Solar Reviews
As one of the largest energy providers in Australia, AGL has everything you need to get the most out of your solar energy. Whether you already have solar panels installed on your home and want to find a great solar plan, or you’re interested in taking the first step to invest in solar energy, AGL has a solution for everyone. Find out more about AGL solar, by continuing to read below.
AGL Solar Savers plan
AGL is one of the few energy providers that potentially offers both discount electricity and a high solar feed-in-tariff. AGL Solar Savers is available to residents of New South Wales, South-East Queensland, and South Australia, and offers the highest solar feed-in-tariff available through AGL, helping you earn more from your solar PV system.
|New South Wales||SE Queensland||South Australia|
|Discount off the reference price||3% discount||2% discount||No discount|
|Daily supply charge||91.18c / day||110.22 c/day||88.43c / day|
|Usage rates||28.95c / kWh||24.04c / kWh||37.73c / kWh|
|Solar FiT||17c / kWh||15c / kWh||16c / kWh|
|Estimated annual cost||$1,412 / year
3,9000kWh / year
|$1,537 / year
4,600kWh / year
|$1,832 / year
4,000kWh / year
*Rates based on the capital city of each state (postcodes 2000, 4000, 5000 respectively). Estimated annual cost does not include solar export feed-in-tariff and based on estimated usage for the reference price for the area. Rates vary depending on location and energy distributor. Valid November 2020.
Depending on your solar PV system, you might opt for a higher discount on your electricity, even if it means a smaller feed-in-tariff. Here, you can compare AGL’s solar feed-in-tariff for all their electricity plans, in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia, to help you make a better, more informed decision about your electricity.
(AGL Essentials and AGL Essentials Savers)
|Solar Savers FiT|
|New South Wales||9.5c / kWh||17c / kWh|
|Victoria||10.2c / kWh||N / A|
|SE Queensland||8c / kWh||15c / kWh|
|South Australia||12.4c / kWh||16c / kWh|
For more information about AGL electricity and gas rates, visit Selectra’s AGL Rates guide.
AGL solar panels and solar PV packages
While AGl was once a major solar panel retailer in Australia, they have since scaled back their solar options. Now, with AGL you have two choices: BYO solar panels and install battery storage with AGL or purchase a full solar PV system with panels, inverter, and battery.
Interested in solar with AGL? Contact AGL by calling 1300 447 465
AGL solar packages
AGL has two solar packages available to purchase with the only real difference being if you want a Tesla Powerwall battery, or LG Chem RESU battery with SolarEdge StorEdge Inverter. With AGL’s solar packages, you can opt to pay upfront, or choose to pay in equal installments over 60 months (plus interest).
|Tesla Powerwall Bundle||LG Chem Bundle|
If you’re interested in purchasing a full solar PV system bundle with AGL, you’ll also have access to AGL’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP). If you choose to sign up for AGL’s VPP for five years, you’ll get $1,000 off the upfront cost of your bundle.
Victorian Government Solar Homes Rebate Victorian customers can get up to $1,850 off their AGL solar package through the Victorian Government Solar Homes Program solar rebate. The next release of the Victorian solar home rebate is Wednesday, 2 December 2020.
AGL solar batteries
If you’re already benefiting from solar energy, but want to up your solar game, you might consider installing a battery storage system. AGL has three battery storage systems available to purchase, which you can choose to pay outright, or in equal installments over 60 months (plus interest).
|Tesla Powerwall||LG Chem RESU + SolarEdge HD-Wave Inverter||LG Chem RESU + SolarEdge StoreEdge Inverter|
If you purchase battery storage through AGL, you’ll have the opportunity to join AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. By joining AGL’s VPP for five years, you’ll receive $1,000 off the outright cost of your solar battery storage.
Victorian Government Solar Battery Rebate Victorian customers can get up to $4,174 off their AGL solar battery package through the Victorian Government Solar Battery rebate.
AGL Virtual Power Plant
A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is a network of home solar batteries, connected together to reduce pressure on the electricity grid during times of high demand. If you have either an LG Chem RESU or Tesla Powerwall battery, and aren’t already part of a Virtual Power Plant, you might be eligible to join the AGL VPP.
To be eligible to join AGL’s VPP, you must:
- Live in NSW, VIC, QLD, or VIC
- Have either a Tesla battery or LG Chem battery
- Have an operating solar PV system
- Have a reliable internet connection
- Not be part of a Virtual Power Plant already
- Be an AGL customer or switch to AGL
There are many benefits to joining a Virtual Power Plant, and with AGL’s VPP you’ll:
- Receive $1,000 off initial purchase and installation costs if you purchase a solar battery or full solar package with AGL
- If you already have a solar battery: A one-off $100 sign-up bonus plus $45 quarterly credits over the first 12 months. If you stay with the VPP beyond 12 months, you’ll continue to get $45 quarterly credits
- Have peace of mind knowing you’re helping your community and the environment
- Have your solar battery managed by AGL up to 30 times per year
- Be able to check your solar and battery system using AGL My Account or the AGL app
Want to join AGL’s Virtual Power Plant? Call AGL at 1300 157 765 to sign up to the AGL VPP.
AGL solar reviews
AGL as an energy provider has pretty average reviews, but what about customer's solar energy reviews? SolarQuotes gives AGL solar 3.9 out of 5 stars, based on 113 reviews. This includes:
- 3.8 out of 5 for value
- 3.8 out of 5 for system quality
- 3.8 out of 5 for customer service
- 4.2 out of 5 for installation
Customers state that it was relatively easy to get the main system installed, but there are some delays when it comes to getting digital meters. In addition, some customers find it difficult to get in touch with AGL Solar Customer Service team for any faults or issues once the solar system is installed.
Australia Solar Quotes gives AGL Solar a bit of a lower review, 1.9 out of 5 stars, but only based on 6 reviews. Again, customers cite difficulty getting in contact with AGL Solar once their system is installed for any issues that might have occurred.