Both the federal and state governments of Australia offer a variety of grants, rebates and incentives to make renewable energy a feasible option for home owners.

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Commonwealth Government

The Commonwealth Government provides incentives for the installation of renewable energy systems. Eligible installations are issued with Small-scale Technology Certificates which can then be exchanged for an up-front discount on a system’s purchase price (or less commonly, sold separately).
Most solar customers choose to exchange their STCs for an upfront discount on their PV system.
The number of STCs that can be claimed will depend on your geographic location.

State Solar Feed-In Tariffs

Australia currently has no nationalised program, only state-run schemes, State and Territory governments across Australia have all adopted different approaches to what is normally referred to as a solar feed-in tariff, sometimes known as a solar bonus scheme or solar buy-back scheme.
Solar feed-in tariffs (FiTs) are the payment made to solar owners for the energy they generate and send back into the grid.

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Consumer’s Guide

The Types of Solar Rebates and Incentives You Can Earn

The following provides a general overview of the various solar energy rebates you can earn. This includes localized energy rebates to solar rebate (NSW) incentive. Find what’s available in your area, below, and then get in touch!

Victorian Solar Panel Rebate

Under Victoria’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, Victorian households may be eligible to receive a rebate of up to 50% of the solar system cost.

The rebate covers up to $2225 and is offered for up to 720,000 households in 2019.

Some of the key eligibility requirements of this incentive include having a combined household income of less than $180,000 per annum before tax, not having an existing solar energy system installed, and being an owner-occupier of a home valued at less than $3 million.

Feed-in tariffs range from 9 to 20c/kWh (depending on the retailer)

South Australia

Feed-in tariffs are also pretty good in South Australia, offering a rebate of around 11 to 22c (depending on retailer) for every kWh of electricity sent back to the grid.

You can visit energy made easy website referenced also on this page for price comparisons.

Queensland

Feed-in tariffs, Queensland offers time- and location-varying tariffs that range from 6 to 20c/kWh (depending on retailer)

You can visit energy made easy website referenced also on this page for price comparisons.

Queensland Government’s Affordable Energy Plan: allows interested householders to receive a grant of $3,000 and apply for an interest-free loan of up to $4,500 to purchase a solar power system, and up to $10,000 to buy a combined solar and battery storage system.

Householders may apply for both the grant and loan, whereas small businesses are only eligible for the former.

New South Wales

NSW residents have access also to two incentives for solar panel installation and solar energy solutions: Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) and feed-in tariffs (FiTs).

Feed-in tariffs can be anywhere from 5.1 to 25.0 c/kWh (depending on retailer) or more.

You can visit energy made easy website below for price comparisons.

Solar for Low-Income Households: Up to 3,400 households who receive the Low Income Household Rebate can choose to forgo their rebate and receive a free 2.5 kW solar system. This is currently limited to: Central Coast, North Coast, Sydney – South, Illawarra – Shoalhaven and South Coast.

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Western Australia

Horizon energy and Synergy offer 7.1c/kWh for feed-in tariffs.

Australian Capital Territory

Feed-in tariffs range from 8 to 20c/kWh (depending on the retailer)

You can visit energy made easy website referenced also on this page for price comparisons.

Solar for Low Income Program: The Solar for Low Income Households Program provides a fantastic opportunity for eligible households in the ACT to invest in rooftop solar panels to help reduce their energy costs.

Eligible participants are able to access a subsidy of up to 50% of the total cost of a solar system along with a three-year interest-free loan to pay off the difference.

Northern Territory

Northern Territory solar feed-in tariffs by electricity retailer Jacana Energy is 23.6c/kWh.

Tasmania

Tasmania solar feed-in tariffs by electricity retailer (cents per kWh exported) range from 8.5c to 13.5c with 1SR Energy and Aurora Energy.

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Useful Website – Energy Made Easy

Energy Made Easy is an Australian Government website maintained by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

Under the National Energy Retail Law (NERL), which came into effect on 1 July 2012, the AER developed and must operate a price comparison website.

The NERL currently operates in:

  • Queensland
  • New South Wales
  • South Australia
  • the Australian Capital Territory
  • Tasmania

The aim of Energy Made Easy is to help residential and small business energy consumers navigate the often-complex electricity and gas retail markets to find a suitable energy plan.

Visit: https://www.energymadeeasy.gov.au/