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How much does it cost to apply for the Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS)?

There’s a $21.90 fee (inclusive of GST) for your application to participate in the Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS). This fee may change from time to time but as of 1 July 2021 it’s correct.

Other additional costs may apply including the installation of a bi-directional electricity meter that separately measures the electricity flow in both directions. It records consumption (usage within the home) and export (excess electricity produced and exported back to the electricity network).

Metering Costs to switch to DEBS

You might need to have your meter replaced, reprogrammed or reconfigured to ensure it is bi-directional and compatible with a solar power system, and there are charges associated with this.

Meter upgrade fee: $95.70 (inclusive of GST)
Meter reprogram fee: $95.70 (inclusive of GST)

Communications equipment installation (if required)

Additional charges may apply in situations where Western Power deems it is necessary to install communications capability on the meter to take the required meter readings for billing purposes (e.g. because they have no access to the meter such as a 0160 meter typically found in lifestyle villages). Prices will be quoted on application.

^ If you already have an existing compatible meter your meter can (for the reprogram fee) be reprogrammed to switch to the Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS). If you are unsure or wish to confirm your meter type, please contact us.