We help you discover which grants you can use to reduce your initial entry to investment. Using the STC rebate for solar, the Victorian and South Australian Home Battery rebate & energy efficient schemes for LED lighting like REES and the Victorian Energy upgrade, all of our non-obligated quotes are issued with government subsidies deducted allowing you to get the best system for your home and budget. 

Small-scale Technology Certificates are created through installing an eligible system; it creates a value that can be redeemed by selling or assigning them.  

The amount of STCs you attain is based on: 

  • The amount of renewable electricity the system produces or the amount of electricity consumption it reduces
  • The climate region where it’s installed

You can check your eligibility for STCs here 

In 2019-20 there will be 1,000 rebates of up to $4,838 for a solar battery storage system. The battery program is targeted at postcodes with high PV penetration and population growth in the area.  

Victorians also need to be eligible and meet the criteria:  

  • Pre-approval obtained from your Distributed Network Service Provider (DNSP) to ensure a battery connected to the grid is safe
  • The solution is listen on Solar Victoria’s Approved Battery list and the property doesn’t have an existing storage system
  • The property is in the designated postcode and already has solar PV panels with a capacity to equal or greater than 5kw
  • Participant is the owner-occupier of the property where the system is to be installed
  • The combined household taxable income is less than $180,000 a year
  • Existing property valued at under $3 million based on the council rates notice
  • Address has not previously been part of the Solar Homes Program
  • The owners agree to receive information from the DNSP about taking part in battery trials to optimise the value households receive from them
  • The owners agree to receive a free safety inspection / audit under the Solar Victoria Audit Program, if selected.

You can check which postcodes are eligible here 

The South Australian Home Battery Scheme is available to 40,000 households – $100 million in state government subsidies is available to aid the finance for installation of home battery systems. The amount subsidised will vary depending on the size of the system and is calculated on the kilowatt hour capacity of the battery – it’s capped for everyone at $6,000 per battery installed. 

Note: the subsidy for the battery only applies for the battery component of the system – batteries also required to be virtual power plant (VPP) capable.  

Benefits of VPP capable systems include: 

  • Households have a greater choice of products, some which may require low or no upfront costs
  • Increasing the amount of storage-generation in the energy market – reducing the states demand and providing benefit to all SA electricity customers

Find out if you are eligible for a rebate here

The REES (Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme) is a South Australian government incentive that requires retailers to help households and businesses save on energy use, costs, and lower their greenhouse gas emissions.  

SA households can receive free or discounted energy efficiency activities from retailers participating in the REES: including installing efficient lighting, water shower heads and helping save water heating costs.  

You may be eligible for energy saving activities or a free home energy audit if: 

  • Hold a Commonwealth Government pensioner concession card
  • Hold a War Widows Gold Repatriation Health Card
  • Hold a Health Care Card (including a Low Income Health Care Card)
  • Hold a TPI Gold Repatriation Health Card
  • Receive the South Australian government energy bill concession
  • Part of a particular energy retailer’s hardship program
  • Participating in an energy retailer’s payment plan
  • Referred by a financial counsellor

The Victorian Energy Upgrade subsidy is a state-run target for energy savings that results in discounted energy-efficient products and services for homes and business to cut power bills and reduce greenhouse emissions. Accredited providers that deliver these incentives can create Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) – the number of certificates generated is determined by greenhouse gas savings. Market activity and certificate price determines the level of discount available to the participant. 

  • Products must be installed by an approved provider
  • Market-based program – value of certificates can fluctuate due to supply and demand rates.