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NSW Solar Battery and Solar Panel Rebate Hub

Welcome to the solar rebate hub for NSW residents. Check which solar panel and solar battery rebates and incentives you’re entitled to here.

What solar rebates can NSW residents get?

The NSW Government aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 as partof the Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030. The foundation of NSW’s action on climate change. Installing solar panel and solar battery systems in private homes will help them to achieve that target – so they’re offering several financial incentives.

That makes 2021 a great time to buy your solar power system. With the various rebates, schemes and interest-free loans available, you have a dramatic opportunity to save money on your installation.

Here are the main incentives and rebates on offer…

Empowering Homes is the NSW Government program that offers you an interest-free loan to install your solar panel or solar battery system. It started its pilot in 2020 for residents in the Hunter region and is now rolling out to new additional regions. A wider rollout is expected sometime this year.

The Australian Government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme is commonly known as the STC Program. It’s an incentive program for households that install renewable energy systems like solar panel systems and is the scheme most commonly thought on when it comes to NSW solar rebates. Fun fact: It’s not actually a ‘rebate’, but rather a ‘financial incentive scheme’.

If you’re a home-owner in the Hills District of Sydney, the Smart Home Battery Scheme will save you up to $4,000 when you buy and install a solar power system and solar battery. 

This trial will enable 3,000 low-income households in specific locations to install a 3,000kW solar system in their home. To see whether you’re eligible, head to the NSW Government Solar for Low-Income Households page.

If you install a solar system without a solar battery, you can feed any excess energy you generate back into the main grid. Your electricity supplier will then pay you a ‘feed-in tariff’- a payment for the electricity, which you usually get as a credit on your power bill. The NSW Government Feed-in Tariff Rates page gives more information about how this works. 

1. Empowering Homes: the NSW Government’s 2020 solar battery program

The NSW Government has supported solar rebates in NSW for many years by subsidising solar systems. Now it’s moving to a new frontier by offering incentives for solar batteries from 2020.

The Empowering Homes program is the new NSW Government initiative to help home-owners invest in solar batteries. If you’re eligible, it gives you access to an interest-free loan to either add a solar battery to your existing solar power system or install an entire solar battery system.

The Government expects this program to lead to residents installing up to 300,000 solar battery systems over the next 10 years. That will add up to 3,000MWh of electricity storage into the NSW energy system, and invest up to $3.2billion in clean energy.

In short, it not only benefits your hip-pocket but also helps NSW reduce emissions and create jobs.

What’s the offer?

The Empowering Homes program offers an interest-free loan of:

  • up to $14,000, repayable over 8 years, to install a complete solar battery system, or
  • up to $9,000, repayable over 10 years, to add a solar battery to an existing system

Who’s eligible?

If you’re an NSW-based owner-occupier with an annual household income of up to $180,000, you may be eligible for the loan. Naturally, the standard loan assessment criteria will apply.

When does it start?

The pilot program kicked off in the Hunter region in the first quarter of 2020. It has recently expanded to include 15 new regions and 204 postcodes across NSW. Full list of new areas covered here.

You’ll be able to apply if you live in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of:

  • Cessnock – 2325, 2326, 2327, 2334, 2335.
  • Dungog – 2311, 2420, 2421.
  • Lake Macquarie – 2264, 2265, 2267, 2278, 2280, 2281, 2282, 2283, 2284, 2285, 2286, 2290, 2306, 2323.
  • Maitland – 2320, 2322, 2323.
  • Mid-Coast – 2312, 2415, 2422, 2423, 2424, 2425, 2426, 2427, 2428, 2429, 2430.
  • Muswellbrook – 2328, 2333.
  • Port Stephens – 2295, 2314, 2315, 2316, 2317, 2318, 2319, 2321, 2324.
  • Singleton – 2330, 2331.
  • Upper Hunter – 2329, 2336, 2337, 2338.
  • Full list of new areas covered here.


How do I find out more?

Head to the NSW Government Empowering Homes site or contact our team.

2. The STC program: making solar cheaper

The Australian Government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme is a nationwide financial incentive program. It’s designed to encourage households across Australia to install renewable energy systems like solar panel systems.

How does it work?

You may have heard of small-scale technology certificates, more commonly known as STCs. Think of those certificates as a rebate that you can use to offset the price of your solar system. 

The number of STCs you’re allocated depends on how much energy your solar panel system will generate over its lifetime. This, in turn, depends on both the size of the system and your location.

What’s the offer?

Averaged across the country, the rebate is currently worth around $600 per kW of solar panels you install. To find out what you could be eligible for, contact us today.

However, that number is reducing every year until it hits $0 in 2031. In other words: the sooner you buy, the more money you’ll save.

How do I find out more? 

Contact our team using the form below.

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3. Smart Home Battery Scheme: why installing a home solar battery makes sense

You already know a solar power system is an environmentally friendly way to reduce your power bills. 

But you can dial the benefits up a notch further by adding a solar battery to your solar power system. Storing the excess electricity you generate means it’s available on cloudy or rainy days, or when you’re using more power than usual.

That means you rely less on the grid for your electricity, AND you also improve energy security for your entire community. Talk about a win-win!

Smart Home Battery Scheme

If you live in the Hills District (Hills Shire) of Sydney or work within Norwest Business Park, Sydney, you may be eligible for the Smart Home Battery Scheme. 

The Smart Home Battery Scheme is a financial incentive program that we’re offering jointly with high-end property developer Mulpha and Australian peer-to-peer lender RateSetter.

What’s the offer?

If you’re eligible, this scheme will save you up to $4,000 when you buy and install a home solar system and solar battery storage solution. 

How do I find out more? 

To learn more about the Smart Home Battery Scheme, contact our team.

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Other incentives: the Regional Community Energy Fund

Finally, as part of its ‘net-zero by 2050’ push, the NSW Government is developing programs to help small businesses and households manage and reduce their energy costs.

These initiatives include opportunities such as:

  • Grants for community energy projects that benefit the local community.
  • Funding for community energy hubs that give households and small businesses greater access to expert energy advice or initiatives to help reduce bills.
  • Funding for regional and remote communities to install emergency backup battery systems for key community evacuation locations. These systems will both increase disaster resilience and reduce ongoing running costs.

Want to know more about NSW regional community energy initiatives? Check the Regional Community Energy page or contact our team using the form below.

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These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes a general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on Energy Locals Time of Use Tariff – (TOU – Peak, Off-Peak & Solar Sponge).

The reference price is set by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for a financial year in relation to electricity supply to residential customers in the distribution region and is based on an assumed annual usage amount. Any difference between the reference price and the unconditional price of a plan is expressed as a percentage more or less than the reference price. The terms of any conditional discounts are shown, along with any further difference between the reference price and the discount applied if a condition is met, expressed as a percentage more or less than the reference price.