You can literally save thousands of dollars on installing grid connected and off grid solar panels, hot water or heat pump systems if you qualify for one of the Australian Government’s solar rebates, subsidies or grants!
Home solar power rebates
The Solar Credits rebate (up front discount) can save you thousands of dollars on a system. Learn more about incentives and solar panel rebate programs for home system installations.
Off grid solar power rebates
Remote location? Switch on to renewable energy and get a substantial rebate in the form of a point of sale discount – save thousands!
Solar incentives for small business
Current business incentives include tax breaks, RECs, feed in tariffs and other forms of support. Save a bundle!
Commercial scale solar incentives
If you’re considering installing a solar power system 20kW capacity or larger, this page shows some of the many rebates, incentives and financing options available.
Solar schools grant
CLOSED. The National Solar School Program (NSSP) offers most single campus schools in Australia $50,000 grants and up to $100,000 for dual campuses!
Solar for community buildings
Community groups can utilize the power of the sun to power community buildings and take advantage of generous subsidies on installation of a grid connect or off grid solar energy system!
Solar hot water rebates
Solar hot water not only means ongoing savings in water heating, but generous government solar hot water rebates can save you a ton of money on your initial purchase!
Solar water pumping rebates
The Renewable Energy Water Pumping scheme provides rebates for the renewable energy components of water pumping systems that displace diesel engine powered pumps in off-grid applications.
Feed in tariffs
A feed-in tariff is a premium rate paid for electricity fed back into the mains grid by a rooftop solar power system. You can sell electricity back to the power company!
Renewable energy certificates
RECs accompany the purchase of some renewable equipment such as solar panels. RECs are traded in for money and can act as a point of sale discount off our already deep discounts!
Solar cities initiative
Residents of participating Australian solar cities are offered financial incentives and support, the level and type of benefits varying from project to project.
A brief summary on the various rebate programs can also be found below, but please don’t hesitate incontacting the Energy Matters team for expert advice on rebates that may be applicable to you!
- Solar panel rebate information – home solar power
- Grants and rebates for solar panels for schools
- Rebates for churches & community buildings
- Solar energy rebates for business
- Solar water pumping rebates
- Rebates for solar hot water
- Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
- Feed-in tariff information
- Upcoming rebate and incentive programs
In addition to rebates and renewable energy certificates, find out here how your system installation could be financed and actually generate income for you with the help of the feed in tariff!
Rebates for home solar power installations
The Solar Credits Program is still in effect and can save you a substantial amount on installing a grid connected PV system! Home owners, small businesses and community groups are all eligible for this Australian solar panel subsidy and no-one is means tested under the scheme.
- more information on the solar panel credits program
- more general information about grid connect PV
- Get a quick solar quote or buy a solar power system for your home
Remote and off-grid home rebates
Subsidies are also available for installing stand alone power systems under the Solar Credits program.
- more information on Solar Credits for off-grid systems
- more general information about solar panels for remote homes
- Design a stand alone (off-grid) system
Solar grants and rebates for schools
While government grants are no longer available; schools can still benefit from the Solar Credits rebate.
Rebates for churches & community buildings
Churches and community buildings are also covered under the Solar Credits program
- more information about grid connect systems for churches and community buildings
Solar rebates and incentives for small business
Business owners can save substantially on the price of a grid connect solar power system installation through the Solar Credits up front discount! Other incentive programs covering business situations currently include huge tax breaks, RECs and feed in tariffs.
- more information on incentives and rebates for business
Commercial scale solar incentives
For businesses considering installing a solar power system of 20kW capacity or greater, tax breaks and STC’s are available, along with some industry specific assistance and also low interest rate loans.
- more information on commercial scale solar incentives
Solar water pumping for remote areas
The Renewable Energy Water Pumping Sub-Programme provides rebates for the renewable energy components of water pumps that displace diesel engine powered pumps in off-grid applications. Rebates of 40% of the capital cost of the renewable energy components minus $1,000 are available to applicants that fully comply with the eligibility requirements and procedures outlined in the guidelines.
- more information on RRPGP Water Pumping Sub Programme
- more general information about solar for water pumping
- Design a solar water pumping system
Rebates for solar hot water
PLEASE NOTE – The Federal scheme for rebates of $1,000 to install a solar hot water system or $600 to install a heat pump hot water system was ended on February 28, 2012. Systems are still eligible for Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs), which are usually exchanged with retailers for a point-of-sale discount on systems. You may also be eligible for State Government rebates.
- more information on hot water rebates
- more general information about solar hot water systems
- Solar hot water products
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
RECs, also known as Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) and Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs), are available when complete solar hot water and heaters are installed or when renewable energy is produced by a solar panel, micro-hydro or wind system. To receive RECs there are certain conditions that need to be fulfilled. The prices of these certificates vary. RECs are traded in for money and can be used as a point of sale discount on equipment you buy through Energy Matters.. The RECs are released by the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator which initially was created to ensure that Australian Government meets its Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET).
- more information on Australian Commonwealth Government’s RECs/STC’s