Government Solar Rebates & Incentives
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Get help going solar by accessing Federal and State Government rebates & incentives which are now available to all eligible homeowners. Learn about government rebates, small-scale renewable energy scheme and energy retailer feed-in-tariffs (FITs) below.
What are solar rebates?
Depending on where you live, you may be able to access different government rebates and incentives. Read on for more details on the various rebates and what it means for you.
Victorian Solar Homes Package
State Government Rebate.
Victorians can access a state government rebate scheme through the SolarVictoria’s Solar Homes Package. This rebate scheme is currently in operation and eligible homeowners can claim a rebate up to $1,888 off the cost of a solar system.
To qualify for the Victorian rebate, homeowners must be able to answer ‘Yes’ to the following:
- Do you have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per annum? (based on your latest tax assessment notices for the home owners or alternative proof of income for the last financial year. For example, proof of pension received).
- Are you the owner-occupier of the property? (as listed on the Council Rates Notice from the last 12 months)
- Is the property valued at under $3 million? (based on the Capital Improved Value listed on the Council Rates Notice from the last 12 months)
- I don’t have solar PV on my property OR I am replacing my solar PV system that was installed before 1 November 2009*.
Learn more: The Victorian Solar Homes Package
South Australia’s Solar Home
Available to 40,000 households, South Australian’s can now access $100 million in State Government rebates to help pay for the installation of home solar battery systems.
The rebate is available to all South Australians, and calculated on the kilowatt hour capacity of the solar battery purchased. Furthermore, Energy Concession Holders are eligible for a higher subsidy, ensuring low-income households are supported to access the Scheme.
Home Battery Scheme rebates:
- Energy concession holder $600.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh)
- All other households $500.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh)
For example, a solar battery with 5kWh of storage could receive a $2500 rebate, or $3000 for energy concession holders. While the rebate will vary depending on the size of the battery, it is capped for everyone at a maximum of $6,000 per battery installed.
Learn more: Home Battery Scheme (SA) (Government)
What are Government STC’S?
Small-scale technology certificates (STCs) or ‘Incentives’ differ from solar rebates as they are nationwide. Under this solar scheme, the federal government pays you upfront for the system’s expected power generation up to the year 2030.
Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme
Federal Government Incentive.
The Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme creates a financial incentive for individuals and small businesses to install eligible small-scale renewable energy systems such as solar panel solutions. It does this through the creation of small-scale technology certificates (STCs), which are provided upfront for the system’s expected power generation from the installation year until 2030 when the scheme ends. Generally, the STC incentive is paid as an upfront discount on the price of the solar solution and is calculated based on the amount of electricity a system produces, the date of installation and location.
What is a Feed in Tariff?
A Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) is a payment that you receive via your electricity retailer as a credit on your bill for the excess electricity that your solar system produces.
A Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) is a payment that you receive via your electricity retailer as a credit on your bill for the excess electricity that your solar system produces and is fed back to the grid. The FIT is a rate that is set per kilowatt hour (kWh), and the rates vary depending on your retailer. The FIT helps households ensure that any excess solar energy is not going to waste and credits mean a reduction on your electricity bills. Talk to your energy retailer about your Feed-In Tariffs.