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What are solar rebates?

Written by

Shaun McGowan

The Australian Federal Solar Rebate is essentially a discount on your solar installation.

The federal solar rebate is slowly being phased out into 2031, slowly decreasing each year.

Accessing these rebates sooner than later can be a great way to reduce the cost of your solar installation if you’re working on a budget or planning to upgrade an existing system.

The requirements are:

  • Your system installation must be less than 100 kW in size.
  • Your system is installed and designed by a Clean Energy Council (CEC) accredited professional.
  • Your system uses panels and solar inverters approved for installation in Australia by the Clean Energy Council.

Essentially, you can’t build your own gigantic power station (100 kW is a massive system) and you need to make sure everything you install is up to code with Australian standards.

With that in mind, let’s see what’s on offer in each of the Australian states for residential solar installations.

Queensland Solar Rebates

  • National solar subsidy – you can save thousands off a system; for example, around $3,000 off a 6.6kW system installed in Brisbane in 2022. 
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs): $3,000 rebate on new electric vehicles under $58,000 purchase price from July 1, 2022; plus discounted vehicle registration and registration duty costs.
Energy in QLD with Money Matchmaker

New South Wales Solar Rebates

  • National solar subsidy – available across New South Wales for all system sizes, the national STC scheme can reduce the upfront cost of a 6.6kW system installed in Sydney by around $3,000.
  • Solar For Low Income Households – in exchange for agreeing to forfeit the Low Income Household Rebate for ten years, qualifying households can get a free 3-kilowatt solar system.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – $3,000 rebate and stamp duty exemption on new vehicle purchases.
  • Empowering Homes scheme (solar and battery subsidy) – NSW homeowners in eligible postcodes can access interest-free loans of up to $14,000 for a solar and battery system, and up to $9,000 for a battery retrofit system.
Energy information for NSW with Money Matchmaker

Victoria Solar Rebates

  • National solar subsidy – this incentive significantly reduces the cost of buying solar panels. For example, in the case of a 6.6kW system installation in Melbourne, it can provide (approximately) a $2,600 discount in 2022.
  • Solar battery rebate – up to $3,500 on an eligible battery system.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – $3,000 subsidy on vehicles with a purchase price (dutiable value) under a threshold of $68,740, plus a $100 registration discount.
  • Victorian solar panel rebate – a subsidy of up to $1,400 is available towards purchasing a solar power system.
Energy in VIC with Money Matchmaker

Tasmania Solar Rebates

  • National solar subsidy – solar power costs a little more in Tasmania, but this subsidy provides a discount of around $2,600 on a 6.6kW installation.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – Stamp duty waived.
Tasmania solar and energy discount information

ACT Solar Rebates

  • National solar subsidy – in the nation’s capital, this subsidy is worth (for example) around $3,000 off the up-front price of a 6.6kW solar power system! This would be factored into the pricing you see advertised in the ACT.
  • Solar For Low Income Households Program offers eligible households a rebate of up to 50% (capped at $2,500) on a rooftop solar system, plus an interest-free loan over three years to cover the remainder.
  • Sustainable Household Scheme: provides zero-interest loans to help with the costs of energy-efficient upgrades, including solar panels and batteries. Loans from $2,000 to $15,000 are available, to be repaid over up to 10 years.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – Full stamp duty exemption for new purchases, two years of free registration on new or used vehicles, interest-free loans up to $15,000.
  • Next-Gen Battery rebate – A subsidy of $3,500 or 50% of the battery price (excluding GST).

Northern Territory Solar Rebates

  • National solar subsidy – this varies according to installation size (panel capacity) and location. In Darwin, it’s the highest in Australia – around $3,400 off a 6.6kW system in 2022!
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – free registration and stamp duty exemption up to $1,500 from July 1, 2022.
  • Home and business battery scheme – offers a grant of $450 per kilowatt-hour, up to a maximum grant of $6,000 on eligible battery systems. With 13.5kWh capacity, a Tesla Powerwall for example would be eligible for the full $6,000.
Northern Territory solar and energy rebates and discounts

South Australia Solar Rebates

  • National solar subsidy – while this subsidy reduces each year, it’s still very generous. For example, a 6.6kW system attracts a subsidy of approximately $3,000 in 2022.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – A $3,000 subsidy for new electric vehicles with a price cap of $68,750 inclusive of GST, free registration and a smart EV charger subsidy of up to $2,000.
  • Home battery scheme – this provides energy concession holders $250 per kWh and all other households $150 per kWh subsidy up to a maximum of $2,000 on eligible home battery systems.
Energy in SA with Money Matchmaker

Western Australia Solar Rebates

  • National solar subsidy – applicable to any system size, but as an example is worth around $3,000 on a 6.6kW system in 2022.
WA solar rebates and energy discounts

Completely new to solar energy? Read our Residential Solar Starter Guide.

Residential Solar Starter Guide

There are three core elements to a complete residential solar energy system:

  • Solar Panels capture sunlight and convert it to electricity.
  • Solar Inverters manage the converted electricity to your home or the grid.
  • Solar Batteries store excess solar electricity generated by your panels.

You can learn more about each of these components in the guides below to help you decide on what type of solar setup is most suitable for your home.

Through our partners, we offer two leading solar energy storage solutions for Australian homes:

You can read more about each of these products, including our comparison overview and their specifications, on the individual product pages.

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Shaun is the founder of Money.com.au and is determined to help people pay as little as possible for financial products. Through education and building world class technology. Previously Shaun co-founded CarLoans.com.au and Lend.

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