Solar & Battery Rebates, Subsidies & Incentives – 2022

The cost of going solar in Australia has plummeted over the past decade, helped by solar rebates, subsidies and incentives from the federal and some state/territory governments.

More recently, battery subsidy schemes and government-run low-cost or interest-free battery loans have popped up. Support varies from state to state, and below you’ll find what’s available in 2022 where you live. I’ve also included summary details on what’s on offer for supporting electric vehicles.

 Queensland

Here’s what’s on offer in the very appropriately named sunshine state.

  • 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. Just bear in mind prices you see advertised for systems in Queensland will already have this included. Further details on this subsidy, more commonly referred to as the “solar rebate” here.
  • Feed-in tariff – this is what you receive for surplus energy you export to the mains grid after your system is installed, which can help to accelerate payback. Learn more about Queensland’s feed-in tariff.
  • 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. Further information.

New South Wales

In New South Wales, there’s a bit going on with incentives:

  • 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! Note that system prices advertised in New South Wales would already factor in this amount. Learn more about the “solar rebate”.
  • 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. More information here.
  • 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. More information here.
  • Feed-in tariff – the payment you’ll get for each kilowatt-hour of surplus electricity generated by your system not used by your home that is exported to the mains grid. Discover more about NSW’s feed-in tariff
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – $3,000 rebate and stamp duty exemption on new vehicle purchases. Further information.

ACT

Residents of Canberra also have a number of options.

  • 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 pricing you see advertised in the ACT.
  • Next Gen Battery rebate – The household battery rebate is $3,500 (excluding GST) or 50% of the battery price (excluding GST) – whichever is lowest. The battery rebate for businesses is calculated on a case-by-case basis.  More information here.
  • 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. Further information here.
  • 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. Find out more here.
  • Feed-in tariff – you’ll likely be generating surplus solar energy at times beyond what your home needs – and you can get paid for this! Further information on  ACT’s feed-in tariff here.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – Full stamp duty exemption for new purchases, two years free registration on new or used vehicles, interest free loans up to $15,000. Further information.

Victoria

Victorians are a fortunate bunch – a veritable smorgasbord of support is on offer to go solar.

  • 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. This subsidy is already factored into pricing you may see advertised for systems in Victoria. Find further details here.
  • Victorian solar panel rebate – a subsidy of up to $1,400 is available towards purchasing a solar power system – and yes, you can also take advantage of the national solar rebate. Learn more about the Victorian solar panel rebate.
  • Solar For Small Business – covers up to 50 per cent of the cost of installing a rooftop solar system, up to a maximum “rebate” of $3,500.  More information here.
  • Solar battery rebate – up to $3,500 on an eligible battery system up to June 30, 2022, then dropping to $2,950 on July 1. More information here.
  • Feed-in tariff – this is the payment you’ll be eligible for when your system exports surplus energy it generates to the mains grid. Further information on Victoria’s feed-in tariff here.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – $3,000 subsidy on vehicles with a purchase price (dutiable value) under a threshold of $68,740, plus $100 registration discount. Further information.

Tasmania

In Tasmania, there are just the basics at this point in time – but they make a big difference to outlay and accelerate payback.

  • 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 (just an example). When looking at prices on systems, bear in mind this subsidy is already taken into account.
  • Feed-in tariff – at times, your system will be generating more electricity than your home needs. This surplus energy, exported to the mains grid, is eligible for a payment. Find out more about Tasmania’s feed-in tariff.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – Stamp duty waived.

South Australia

South Australia is a solar energy powerhouse, with the uptake of small-scale solar energy systems supported by the following programs.

  • 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. This incentive would have been already taken into account on any pricing you see advertised in SA. Learn more about this incentive here.
  • 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.  More information here.
  • Feed-in tariff – one of the great things about having solar panels is even when your house doesn’t consume all the electricity a system generates, you can get paid for that as well. Further details on South Australia’s feed-in tariff here
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – A $3,000 subsidy for new electric vehicles with a price cap of $68,750 inclusive of GST, free registration and smart EV charger subsidy of up to $2,000. Further information.

Western Australia

Here’s what’s currently available in Western Australia:

  • National solar subsidy – applicable to any system size, but as an example is worth around $3,000 on a 6.6kW system in 2022. When you see prices advertised for solar systems, this up-front discount is already factored in.
  • Feed-in tariff – the payment you’ll receive for surplus energy your system generates that is exported to the grid. Find out more about Western Australia’s feed-in tariff here
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs)$3,500 rebate for electric vehicles up to a value of $70,000.

Northern Territory

Territorians can take advantage of the following schemes:

  • 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!
  • 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. More information here.
  • Feed-in tariff – even when your home isn’t consuming some or all of the energy the solar panels are generating, you’ll get paid for exporting that surplus electricity to the mains grid. Learn more about the Northern Territory feed-in tariff.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs) – free registration and stamp duty exemption up to $1,500 from July 1, 2022.

As you can see, there’s a lot on offer for Australians wanting to slash their electricity bills and household emissions by harvesting solar energy from their rooftops, plus some support is appearing for electric vehicles.

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