South Australian Home Battery Scheme Has Launched!


True to their word with an October release the South Australian Home Battery Scheme has been launched by the South Australian Government today!

From today 40,000 households in South Australia can now access State Government subsidies to help pay for the installation of home battery systems as an additional component to their current or new solar PV system. An additional $100 million provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), finance is also available through RateSetter to help households pay for the remaining balance of the subsidised battery and new or additional solar system if required.

The subsidy is available to all South Australians who own or occupy a home in South Australia and will be calculated on the kilowatt-hour capacity of the battery purchased. Furthermore, Energy Concession Holders are eligible for a higher subsidy, ensuring low-income households are supported to access the Scheme. The subsidy is taken off the cost of the home battery system and given to the System Provider once the system is installed at your home.

Home Battery Scheme Subsidy Levels
Energy concession holder All other households
$600.00 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) $500.00 per kilowatt-hour (kWh)

 What Products Are Eligible For the Subsidy?

The subsidy will only apply to the battery component of a solar system and must be approved under the scheme. You can find approved providers and batteries on the newly launched Home Battery Scheme Qualified System Provider Page Here.

For the first nine weeks of the Home Battery Scheme priority will be given to System Providers who install battery systems that are manufactured or assembled in South Australia. German battery storage supplier Sonnen is the first officially approved product and is available to supply from today by approved providers such as;

  • Tindo Solar
  • Sonnen
  • Class A Energy Solutions
  • Infinite Energy
  • Adelaide Solarsafe
  • NRG Solar Australia
  • Sunny Energy
  • Aussie Farmers Group
  • Assured Class Electrical
  • Natural Solar
  • Generate Energy
  • Suntrix
  • Living Energy Solutions
  • Sol Energy
  • Cool or Cosy
  • Lonergan and Muhovics
  • Solarspot
  • Apex Energy Australia
  • Evans Electrical Contracting
  • Solar Depot
  • Solar-man
  • Adam Solar

From January 2019, home battery systems manufactured or assembled outside of South Australia will also be available.

UPDATE: As of 23/11/2018 there are now three battery manufacturers who meet the nine-week Home Battery Scheme priority requirements and are approved to provide batteries under the scheme. Equana Technologies,  Alpha-ESS and Sonnen are the three battery manufacturers which South Australians are now able to receive battery subsidies for. If you’d like to receive obligation free quotes from providers who supply these batteries please fill in the form on this page!

How Do I Apply For The Subsidy?

Eligible households can apply by requesting a quote from an approved system provider. For every quote you obtain from a qualified System Provider, a ‘Quote Record’ will be generated in the RateSetter system, ready for you to apply for the subsidy should you accept their quote.

The System Provider may even generate the Quote Record while they are with you during a home visit. Otherwise, you’ll receive an email notification to view and approve your Quote Record online at a later date. At this time, you can begin the subsidy application process and apply for finance if required.

If you intend on applying for finance, you will need to do this online. Your chosen System Provider will come to your home with a tablet or mobile device and step you through the subsidy application process and assist you to apply for finance.

Once you have a quote number you can start the process on the newly launched Home Battery Scheme Website Here.

To learn more on the South Australian Home Battery Scheme you can access frequently asked questions on the official Home Battery Scheme Website Here or let us keep you up to date by signing up to our SA Home Battery Scheme Email Update Below. Just click on the link and scroll down the page to register your email.


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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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