Your South Australia Home Battery Scheme Explained
It’s about to get much easier for South Australian customers to take control of their energy.
SA Premier Steven Marshall has revealed that the state government will offer an incredible $100 million in solar battery subsidies, which will provide 40,000 families in South Australia with up to $6,000 to go towards purchasing and installing a solar battery system in their homes.
This leap forward for solar energy and particularly home batteries in South Australia will be available to homeowners from 29 October 2018, and is currently the largest government incentive for battery storage nationwide.
Essentially, the South Australia Home Battery Subsidy Scheme means that individual homeowners will be eligible for up to $6000 to help them purchase an accredited and eligible battery system.
The home battery subsidy offered to each of the 40,000 homes will be scaled according to the size and capacity of the solar battery system purchased. Also, to make the scheme as accessible as possible, solar battery rebates will be offered on a graded subsidy level that provides more support to lower income households to ensure that solar battery systems are available to all.
In addition to this, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will offer $100 million in loans to support the SA solar energy subsidy and ensure that anyone wanting to install a solar battery system, or expand an existing system, is able to do so.
Why take control with the South Australia solar battery subsidy scheme?
This solar battery subsidy scheme means that 40,000 families in South Australia will be able to dramatically decrease their reliance on the grid and increase the electricity bill savings by both producing and storing their own energy.
A reduced reliance on traditional grid energy, means homeowners get to take control of their power, increase self-sufficiency and rely on less non-renewable energy sources, meaning ultimately a reduction in greenhouse emissions, which is terrific for the environment and helps to protect Australia’s natural resources for the future.
Update: New Year delivers greater choice in Home Battery Scheme
Monday 31 December 2018
The Marshall Government’s $200 million Home Battery Scheme (HBS) has gone up another gear, with additional battery systems now eligible for the subsidy of up to $6000 per unit.
The priority period for companies that had committed to manufacturing or assembling batteries in South Australia during the first phase of the HBS has come to an end.
South Australians will now have access to home battery systems manufactured by enphase, Tesla and LGChem/Sungrow, with more systems expected to be approved in the coming weeks.
“They will join global leaders such as sonnen, Alpha-ESS and Eguana who qualified as priority provides,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
“The priority period has brought investment, technology and expertise that will bolster the battery value chain in South Australia for years to come.
“The Home Battery Scheme is bringing cheaper power within reach of hundreds of thousands of South Australians who have solar panels on their homes.
“With a home battery system, households are able to take control of their energy – storing the electricity generated from their solar panels for use in the morning and at night, when electricity is at peak demand.
“The State Government subsidy is an excellent opportunity for people with solar panels or thinking of installing solar panels to access cheaper power through heavily subsidised home batteries.
“More than 4,000 South Australians have requested quotes for home battery systems since the scheme was launched nine weeks ago.
‘It’s fantastic to see such a rapid response to what is one of the key pillars in our strategy to deliver more affordable, reliable and secure energy to all South Australians.
“Within months, these households will be enjoying the benefit of their home battery system in reducing their power bills.
“The $200 million investment is a central plank of our plans to cut the price of electricity for all South Australian households and businesses.
“Not only will up to 40,000 households enjoy reduced electricity prices by purchasing a home battery system, but the installation of these systems will reduce demand on the network.”
For more information about the new battery systems and to obtain a quote from a qualified system provider visit www.homebatteryscheme.sa.gov.au