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Australia receives energy from the sun that is approximately 10,000 times larger than its total energy consumption. It comes as no surprise that we are number 1 in the world when it comes to solar uptake per capita – as they say, when life gives you lemons, go solar!

This incredible boom of the solar industry in Australia has been supported through a diversity of government programs that encourage households (and businesses in some jurisdictions) to claim rebates or get subsidies on new solar battery installations.

These programs will vary from place to place, so it is important you familiarise yourself with the relevant one to where you live. This entry will dive specifically into the rebate available in the ACT.

For residents of other states and territories, please visit:

 

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Next Gen Battery Storage Program – Solar battery rebates for ACT residents

The ACT’s Next Gen Battery Storage Program is aimed at helping with $825 per kW* off the cost of a solar battery in Canberra, Hall, Tharwa and Oaks Estate. After the rebate for example, an Eveready Energy Vault solar battery with a 3kW inverter would save you $2,475 (ex GST) off your installation.

 

* It is worth mentioning this rebate is capped at $24,750 and is based on inverter size not battery capacity. In the example above, the Eveready solar battery with a 3kW inverter gets $825 x 3 = $2,475 rebate.

 

This is how the Next Gen Battery Storage Program works:

  1. You assess your eligibility with the criteria of the program (see below for more details).
  2. You contact us, an authorised solar provider, for a battery quote.
  3. You submit your order for rebate approval.
  4. You pay the outstanding balance of your quote directly to us. Remember we have financing and payment plan options available for this step.
  5. Once approved, we install your new battery system at your premises.

 

Homes and businesses in the ACT (excluding Jervis Bay Territory) wanting to claim this rebate need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • the new battery system must be coupled with solar panels
  • the premises are connected to the electricity grid
  • only for new systems that have not already been supported by the program
  • sourced from an approved battery supplier.

 

 

If you would like more information on the Next Gen Battery Storage Program, please visit: https://www.climatechoices.act.gov.au/policy-programs/next-gen-energy-storage

 

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About 1 in 4 homes in Australia have installed solar as of the end of 2020. Our country receives a massive amount of energy from the sun every year, enough to supply approx. 10,000 times our total energy consumption. Therefore, it comes as no surprise we have the highest uptake of solar per capita globally – as they say, when life gives you lemons, go solar!

This incredible boom of the solar industry in Australia has been supported through a diversity of government programs that encourage households (and businesses in some jurisdictions) to claim rebates or get subsidies on new solar battery installations.

These programs will vary from place to place, so it is important you familiarise yourself with the relevant one to where you live. This entry will dive specifically into the rebate available in VIC.

For residents of other states and territories, please visit:

 

Without further ado…

 

Solar Homes Program – Solar battery rebates for VIC residents

Victoria is home of the Melbourne Cup, the largest tram system in the world, and up to $3,500 point of sale rebate for households aiming at installing a solar battery.

This is how the Solar Homes program works:

  1. You assess your eligibility with the criteria of the program (see below for more).
  2. You contact us, an authorised solar provider, for a quote. If contacting another provider, make sure all products included in your quote are on this approved products list.
  3. We will claim the rebate on your behalf. If approved, the rebate amount (up to $3,500 for this round) will be deducted from the cost of your overall system and installation.
  4. You pay the outstanding balance of your quote directly to us. Remember we have financing available for this step.
  5. We install your new battery system at your premises.
  6. Upon completion of the installation, a Licensed Electrical Inspector is required to attend your premises and lodge a Certificate of Electrical Safety for the newly installed battery system. This is organised by the authorities, so you could experience delays due to lockdowns and restrictions applicable in your area.

Victorian residents wanting to claim the Solar Homes rebate for batteries need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • the property already has solar PV panels with a capacity equal to or greater than 5kW
  • pre-approval is obtained from your Distributed Network Service Provider (DNSP) to safely connect a battery to the grid
  • the energy storage solution is listed on Solar Victoria’s Approved Battery List and the property does not have an existing energy storage system
  • they are the owner-occupier of the property where the system is to be installed
  • the combined household taxable income of all owners is less than $180,000 a year (based on your Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment)
  • it is an existing property, valued at under $3 million based on the current council rates notice
  • the owner/s agrees to receive information from their Distribution Network Service Provider about taking part in battery trials to maximise the value households get from them
  • they have not already received a rebate as an owner-occupier under the Solar Homes Program
  • the property address has not previously taken part in the Solar Homes Program.

Unfortunately, these last points mean that if you claimed the Solar Homes Program rebate when installing your solar PV system (panels only), you are not eligible to receive the battery rebate. However, households can arrange to have their solar PV panels and solar battery installed at the same time.

 

 

If you would like to know how many rebates are remaining in the current release, please visit: https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate

If you would like more information on the Solar Homes Program’s General Terms and Conditions, please visit: https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/applicant-terms-and-conditions

 

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Australia’s potential for solar generation is unparalleled. Our solar industry has seen continuous growth, with thousands of new solar PV and battery installations every year, thanks to the fact we receive much more energy from the sun than we need. A solar investment in Australia makes economic and environmental sense, which is why we claim the number one spot in the world for solar uptake per capita – as they say, when life gives you lemons, go solar!

This solar boom has also been supported through a diversity of government programs that encourage households (and businesses in some jurisdictions) to claim rebates or get subsidies on new solar battery installations.

These programs will vary from place to place, so it is important you familiarise yourself with the relevant one to where you live. This entry will dive specifically into the subsidy available in the SA.

For residents of other states and territories, please visit:

 

Without further ado…

 

Home Battery Scheme – Solar battery subsidies for SA residents

Our beautiful state of South Australia has pioneered solar solutions from the get-go. Its Home Battery Scheme aims at providing SA residents with subsidies of up to $2,000 on the cost of a battery and low interest finance options available.

Current subsidy levels are $250 per kWh for energy concession holders, and $150 per kWh for all other households, up to a maximum subsidy per battery installation of $2,000.

This is how the Home Battery Scheme works:

  1. You assess your eligibility with the criteria of the program.
  2. You contact us, an authorised solar provider, for a quote. Your quote can include solar PV panels too, but the subsidy will only apply to the battery component of the system.
  3. We will claim the subsidy on your behalf.
  4. You pay the outstanding balance of your quote directly to us. Remember we have financing and payment plan options available for this step.
  5. We install your new battery system at your premises.

 

South Australians wanting to claim the Home Battery Scheme subsidy need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • only one subsidy per residential property
  • the site must be connected to a distribution network authorised under the Electricity Act 1996 that forms part of the interconnected national electricity system
  • only approved eligible equipment to be installed by a qualified system provider
  • the applicant must be the owner of the property or have consent from the owner of the property to install a battery system.

A key feature of this subsidy is that it can be accessed more than once, for multiple residential properties you own – you are allowed to access the subsidy once per residential property.

 

 

If you would like more information on the scheme, please visit: https://www.homebatteryscheme.sa.gov.au/about-the-scheme

If you would like more information on the Home Battery Scheme Terms and Conditions, please download: https://www.homebatteryscheme.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/441873/DEM_HBS_Subsidy_Terms.pdf

 

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