Compare Electricity & Gas in Adelaide | See SA Plans & Rates

Looking for information about the SA Energy Market? You are in the right place! SA is the most Australian estate with the most expensive energy rates and one with no shortage of electricity providers, which is why it can be a bit overwhelming to delve into it. With this guide, we bring you the key aspects you should look for when choosing the best energy provider in South Australia right from the start.

Compare Electricity Plans South Australia

How much you pay for electricity will ultimately boil down to your energy plan and type of tariff, so you must stay up to date with the best offers in the market as you could be paying more than your neighbour for the same energy usage! If you don't know what type of tariff you are in, the easiest way to find out is reading your bill.

Selectra's Recommendation: Electricity Plans in South Australia, 2024

Rank

Energy Provider + Plan

Estimated Yearly Price

Additional Information

 

Sumo
SUMO Assure Residential
 

$2,510 / yearBenefits:
Solar Feed-In & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
99.00c/day
 

Ovo
Ovo Energy The One Plan
 

$2,510 / yearBenefits:
Solar Feed-In & GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
126.50c/day
 

Tango
Tango eSelect
 

$2,620 / yearBenefits:
Solar Feed-In & GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
99.00c/day
 

Dodo
Dodo Residential Market
 

$2,640 / yearBenefits:
Solar Feed-In & GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
157.69c/day
 

AGL
AGL Value Saver
 

$2,680 / yearBenefits:
Solar Feed-In & GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
102.26c/day
 

EnergyAustralia
EnergyAustralia Balance Plan
 

$2,680 / yearBenefits:
Solar Feed-In & GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
171.05c/day
 

Alinta Energy
Alinta Energy Select Saver
 

$2,690 / yearBenefits:
Solar Feed-In & GreenPower
   
Daily Supply Charge:
94.67c/day
 

Origin
Origin Advantage Variable
 

$2,720 / yearBenefits:
Solar Feed-In, GreenPower & Smart Meter Compatible
   
Daily Supply Charge:
101.06c/day

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don't compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations or distribution networks. Rates based on electricity distributor for Adelaide (5000) with medium usage of 14.5kWh/day. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Last Updated May 2024.

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South Australia has some of the highest energy prices across the country. However, South Australia is also part of the deregulated National Electricity Market which means you are free to switch energy provider whenever you like.

Compare Gas Plans South Australia

As the biggest city in South Australia, comparing gas prices in Adelaide is important to ensure you’re getting the best gas plan available. Below, you can compare gas prices, to find the cheapest gas plan and provider for you.

Gas Rates in SA

Rank

Energy Provider + Plan

Estimated Yearly Price

Additional Information

 

Lumo
Lumo Basic
 

$1,040 / yearDaily Supply Charge:
90.20c/day
 

Alinta Energy
Alinta Energy Select Saver
 

$1,060 / yearDaily Supply Charge:
64.15c/day
 

EnergyAustralia
EnergyAustralia Balance Plan
 

$1,080 / yearDaily Supply Charge:
99.33c/day
 

Red Energy
Red Energy Living Energy Saver
 

$1,080 / yearDaily Supply Charge:
101.20c/day
 

AGL
AGL Residential Value Saver
 

$1,170 / yearDaily Supply Charge:
90.14c/day
 

Origin
Origin Advantage Variable
 

$1,180 / yearDaily Supply Charge:
88.44c/day
 

Engie
Engie Saver Plan
 

$1,270 / yearDaily Supply Charge:
68.88c/day

Source: Energy providers basic plan. Valid within AGN distribution network. Comparison does not include all available offers. Estimated annual cost includes conditional discount and is based on average usage of 10,986.5Mj/year. Discounts and rates vary depending on location. Calculations are based on the reference price for this area. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Selectra advises you to do your own research at energymadeeasy.com before determining if you should sign up for a new energy plan. Offers and availability are subject to change. Read more about Basic Plan Information here. Valid June 2024.

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SA Energy Providers

Thanks to South Australia’s deregulation of the energy market, and implementation of full retail contestability, residents of the state have many choices in energy providers and the ability to compare and switch energy providers and find the best plan for their household.

Below, we list some of the providers available in the state, as well as the fuel types they offer:

SA Electricity & Gas Provider
SA Electricity ProviderElectricityGas
AGL
 
 
Alinta Energy
 
 
Amber Electric
 
 
Dodo
 
 
EnergyAustralia
 
 
Energy Locals
 
 
Lumo Energy
 
 
Momentum Energy
 
 
Origin Energy
 
 
OVO Energy
 
 
Powershop
 
 
Red Energy
 
 
Simply Energy
 
 

There are more than 24 energy providers that sell energy in South Australia. South Australia has some of the cheapest and greenest small energy retailers, as well several well-known larger energy providers.

See all Energy Providers in South Australia

South Australia Default Market Offer (DMO)

When comparing energy plans and providers, you’ve probably seen the reference price or Default Market Offer mentioned. The DMO is the electricity tariff set by the Australian government, used to cap energy prices and help consumers compare energy plans. While the DMO was first introduced to help those paying the historic Standing Offer, it is not always the cheapest offer available.

The Default Market Offer helps energy consumers in two ways:

 To protect consumers from exponential energy prices if they choose not to engage with the energy market and instead remain on the DMO. While the DMO doesn’t necessarily offer the cheapest energy rates on the market it does prevent energy providers from charging you more if you don’t qualify for, or choose not to subscribe to, a discounted Market Offer.

 To inform consumers about energy plan prices and how much less (or in some instances more) expensive an energy retailers market offer is, compared to the standard offer. This is often shown as “X% off the Reference Price” in the details about an energy providers electricity plan.

In South Australia, the Default Market Offer for residents connected to the SA Power network on a single rate tariff is $2,279 as of July 2023

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Solar Energy in South Australia

South Australia boasts some of the highest renewable energy generation in Australia in Australia. In 2020, over 50% of all the state’s energy came from renewable resources, second only to Tasmania’s 96% renewable energy generation. With this achievement, South Australia now has the goal of hitting 100% renewable energy by 2030. Read more below to learn about South Australia solar initiatives and renewable energy.

Solar Energy South Australia

Cost of Solar Panels in Adelaide

If you’re interested in investing in solar energy for your home in Adelaide, SA, you’re in luck. The average cost of solar panels in the state is lower than the national average, according to SolarChoice June 2021 solar price report, which takes into account solar rebates available through the Renewable Energy Target small-scale certificates, and includes GST.

Average Cost of Solar Panels in Adelaide
 3kW5kW7kW

10kW

Adelaide, SA$3,350$4,420$6,010$8,670
National$4,270$5,640$7,440$10,390

Valid June 2024.

SA Solar Feed-In Tariffs

South Australia is one of the most popular estates to get into solar. In 2021, SA set a world record in managing to generate more than 100% of the electricity demand only with solar.

For this reason, multiple providers are looking to promote their SA solar feed-in tariffs as many SA households have solar panels.

This is a list with the best SA solar feed-in tariffs:

Best SA Solar Feed-In Tariff
Provider NameMinimum Solar FiT (kWh)Maximum Solar FiT (kWh)
Energy Australia8.5c10.0c
Origin Energy6.0c20.0c
AGL6.0c12.0c
Energy Locals6.5c9.0c
Sumo Energy8.0c8.0c
Alinta Energy8.0c8.0c
1st Energy8.0c8.0c
Simply Energy5.5c6.0c
CovaU Energy5.5c5.5c

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Usually, energy providers will offer a higher feed-in tariff rate for a lower discount off the reference price and vice versa. Choosing a feed-in tariff rate depends on the size of your solar PV system, and your lifestyle.

For this reason, it's best to compare the feed-in tariff rate versus the overall discount offered from the reference price. We recommend using the table below to compare rates with the table above.

Solar Rebates in South AustraliaYou may qualify for a solar rebate if you add solar panels to your property. See all South Australia Solar Rebates here.

Energy Distributors in South Australia

SA Power Networks distributes energy to all of South Australia as well as maintains and repairs the power lines.

Your energy retailer (provider) is who you pay for your energy contract, however, it’s the distributor who supplies energy to your home. During a power outage or a gas/electricity emergency you should always call your energy distributor.

Energy Distributors in South Australia
DistributorService DistrictEmergency NumberGeneral Number
SA Power Networks (electricity)All of South Australia131 366131 261
Australia Gas Networks (SA)(gas)All of South AustraliaGas leak:1800 GAS LEAK
Fault1800 898 220
1300 001 001

Average Electricity Costs in South Australia

South Australian’s pay some of the highest energy rates in the country, with the average annual electricity cost reaching over $1,750 per year, while households with pools shouldn’t be surprised if they pay over $2,000 per year on electricity alone.

However, by utilizing energy-saving techniques, you can reduce your electricity and gas usage to lower your energy bills.

Energy Rebates & Concessions in South Australia

To help residents with the rising cost of electricity in the state, the South Australian government offers a few energy concessions and rebates to assist households. However, if you’re having difficulty paying your energy bills, it’s best that you first call your energy provider to discuss all your options.

Some of the rebates in South Australia include:

  • Energy Bill Concessions SA: Up to $226.67 per year
  • Medical Heating and Cooling Concession SA: Up to $226.67 per year
  • Cost of Living Concession SA: Between $105.40 and $210.70
  • Energy Concession Discount Offer through Origin (South Australia): 20% off their electricity bill and 11% off their gas bill

If you are interested in renewable energy and transitioning your home to solar, South Australia also offers a solar rebate.

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