A Guide to Australian Solar Rebates in 2020

A Guide to Australian Solar Rebates in 2020

by Aaron Ware

Australian sunshine is perfect for solar panels. And as the country moves towards greener energy usage, the government is helping households invest in the transition. This includes the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme – which applies to solar panels and other solar systems – and solar rebates (depending on your state).

So, what officially is the Australian Government Solar Rebate?

Solar Energy Government Rebates

Solar Rebates are still going strong in Oz, but they will slowly be phased out by 2030. The size of the rebate you’re offered will depend on the size of the system you install and its total energy output. The incentive works by providing you with a small-scale technology certificate (STC) for every 1,000 kWh of estimated production. Then in a government-supported marketplace, these STCs can be sold for between $35-$40. If you install a 6 kW system, you could earn over $3,000 for your system.

Unique Solar Rebates by State

Beyond earning and selling certificates, your state government provides its own incentive programs on solar panels, solar batteries and more.

QLD Solar Incentives

To help with the upfront cost of installing solar, the Queensland Government is offering interest-free loans to purchase solar power systems or batteries. And if you’re a landlord in Queensland, you might be able to take advantage of the Solar for Rentals program. It offers a rebate of up to $3,500 (if it’s installed before June 30 this year).

NSW Solar Incentives

Looking ahead to the future of solar, NSW offers the Empowering Homes program. You can apply for a loan for your solar battery system whether it’s for a new install (up to $14,000) or an upgrade on an old solar panel system (up to $9,000).

If you’re a low income household, you can apply for a funded 3 kW solar system. The Solar for Low Income Households incentive is limited to 3,000 homes and to certain locations, but if you hold a Pension or Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold Card, you may be eligible.

VIC Solar Incentives

Victoria offers the full suite of solar rebates. If your household income is below $180,000, you can apply for the:

  • Solar Panel Rebate – This offers up to $1,888 towards your solar panel installation. 
  • Solar Battery Rebate – This puts up to $4,838 towards your battery system.
  • Solar Hot Water Rebate – Get up to $1,000 for your solar hot water install.

SA Solar Incentives

If you’re in South Australia and want to use your solar energy 24/7, the Home Battery Scheme can provide up to $6,000 for a solar battery installation. You can also apply for low-interest loans to help pay off the battery.

ACT Solar Incentives

Designed to give low income homes access to renewable energy – and to reduce their power bills – the Australian Capital Territory provides a Solar for Low Income Program. The incentive can offer as much as $2,500 towards a solar installation.

For households looking for solar storage, the Next Generation Energy Storage program is available. This solar rebate provides $825 per kW (for solar installations up to 30 kW)

Solar Rebates in Other States

Additional incentives aren’t available in all states. Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Tasmania don’t currently offer any extras.

Applying for Solar Rebates

The application process is straightforward – and your solar installer can talk you through it in more detail – but there are a few eligibility criteria. These include:

  • Clean Energy Council Approval – Your solar panels, inverter and solar installer all need to be approved by the council. 
  • Time Period – The installation needs to be complete within the year before the STCs are created.
  • Capped installed capacity – Your system can’t have a capacity of 100 kW or more and it can’t produce more than 250,000 kWh a year.
  • National and local standards – The solar system must meet Aus, NZ and local install requirements.

These are general requirements that all states must follow. But for unique state-level solar rebates, there will be other requirements which will be outlined.

You can organise your own solar rebates and STC trading, however, it can be a tricky field to navigate. But we can help. By choosing Pedleys Solar as your accredited solar installer, we can guide you through the process and make sure you get the best deal on your solar incentives.

Get in touch with our friendly Brisbane solar panel installers online today to discover how much you can save on a solar system.

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