SA Home Battery Scheme Rebates

SA Home Battery Scheme Rebates

Overview

The Home Battery Scheme gives all grid-connected South Australians access to state government subsidies and low-interest loans – provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – to help pay for a home battery system and new solar if required. 

The subsidy is available to all South Australians and calculated on the kilowatt-hour (kWh) capacity of the battery purchased. Energy Concession Holders are eligible for a higher subsidy, ensuring low-income households are supported to access the Scheme. 

While the subsidy is applied to the battery component only, participating households can apply for finance available through the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, to help pay for the balance of the battery and to purchase new or additional solar panels if required. 

A set of minimum technical requirements for battery systems are in place to ensure the batteries are safe, reliable and capable of being linked into a virtual power plant. 

Households are able to choose whether or not their home battery system operates as part of a virtual power plant. 

(Ref: SA Gov)

Current Home Battery Scheme subsidy levels

  1. Energy Concession Holders are eligible for a higher subsidy. 
  2. If you own multiple properties, you can access the subsidy more than once. However, the property must be a residential property and you can only access the subsidy once per property. You will be required to provide the National Metering Identifier (NMI) of the property. 
Energy concession holder$250 per kWh
All other households$150 per kWh
Maximum subsidy per battery installation$2,000

The subsidy will continue to be phased down as uptake of the Scheme increases.


Eligibility for a subsidy

Category

Criteria

Customer

Only one subsidy per property.

Site

Only residential properties are eligible.

Connected to a distribution network authorised under the Electricity Act 1996 that forms part of the interconnected national electricity system.

Concession status

Energy concession recipients are eligible for a higher subsidy amount per kwh of battery capacity installed.

Battery System

Only approved eligible equipment to be installed by a qualified system provider.

Ownership

The applicant must be the owner of the property or have consent from the owner to install a battery system.

  1. You don’t have to own the home you live in to access the Scheme, however you will need to obtain approval from the homeowner to have the battery system installed and be able to demonstrate the homeowner’s consent to the System Provider prior to installation.
  2. Importantly, you will not be able to remove the battery system should you move out of the property. 
  3. You must use a Qualified System Provider
  4. Should you accept a quote for an eligible home battery system, the System Provider will provide you with a link to the Plenti website where the subsidy will be applied for. If you have any questions about the subsidy application process or how to apply for finance you can call Plenti on 1300 396 078.
  5. The battery must be VPP capable. So, either at the outset, or at a future point in time - it is able to be enrolled as part of a VPP program.

Eligibility as an Energy Concession holder

  1. Pensioner Concession Card
  2. DVA Gold Health Card (TPI, EDA, War Widow or MRCA)
  3. British and NZ War Widow
  4. Centrelink beneficiary
  5. Austudy, ABSTUDY
  6. Low Income (assessed by ConcessionsSA)
  7. Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  8. Centrelink Low Income Health Care Card
The subsidy will be determined by your eligibility as an Energy Concession holder at the time of purchase.

Subsidy payment

  1. If you are looking for a finance option for your system, you can apply for this at the same time (you are also entitled to consider third party finance options). If you don't have access to a computer or the internet, you will be able to apply over the phone. If you don’t always have access to a computer or the internet, you can call the Home Battery Scheme enquiries line on 8463 3555
  1. An Applicant authorises and directs that any Subsidy granted to it be paid directly to the Qualified System Provider who has completed the Eligible Supply for which the Subsidy is granted. 
  2. The subsidy amount that you are eligible for is deducted from the amount quoted by the System Provider.
  3. Once you have confirmed that you are satisfied with the installation in your home, the subsidy amount will be paid to the System Provider.
Unless the SA Government agrees to extend the period for installation, a Subsidy will not be paid if the Qualified System Provider does not complete the Eligible Supply within:
(i) 6 months; or
(ii) for New Builds, 12 months
of the Applicant notifying the SA Government it has accepted the Qualified System Provider’s quotation.

Effect on existing feed-in tariff

  1. If you have an existing solar system and receive the 44c/kwh feed-in credits under South Australia’s statutory feed-in scheme, you will no longer be eligible to receive feed-in credits if the capacity of your solar system is increased or a battery system is installed. 
  2. Your eligibility to receive feed-in credits will cease from the date of your application for approval to connect the home battery system is submitted to SA Power Networks.




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