Solar Rebate SA

Fine wine, stobie poles and the cheapest solar in the country. South Australia has it all!

With solar rebates, SA residents aren’t limited to the Federal STC incentive like a lot of other Australian states. The incentives and State Government solar rebates South Australians can access are some of THE BEST in the country, including:

Get a cracking deal on your solar system by making use of as many of the available solar rebates in SA as you can. Read on to discover everything there is to know about:

  • State Government solar rebates in SA
  • State Government solar battery rebates in SA
  • State Government solar rebates for SA low income households
  • The Australian Federal Government’s STCs incentive

Your Solar Rebate - SA Incentives

This section looks at solar rebates in SA. For solar battery rebates in South Australia click here.

State Government Solar Rebate - Switch for Solar Program

Switch for Solar is a solar rebate the SA government offers to eligible concession holders living in selected suburbs. The SA Government pays to install a 4.4kW solar system on your home in exchange for your Cost of Living Concession and energy concession.

To qualify you must:

  • Have an eligible Centrelink or DVA card or receive an eligible payment;
  • Receive the energy concession and the Cost of Living Concession;
  • Agree to not receive the energy concession and the Cost of Living Concession for 10 years; and
  • Use more than 2,000 kWh of electricity a year.

With this solar rebate the SA Government expects the typical recipient to be $157 to $547 better off each year. This solar rebate for SA is available from mid 2022 to up to 5,000 households.

City of Adelaide - Sustainability Incentive Scheme

This solar rebate provides SA landlords and concession card holding homeowners living within the City of Adelaide up to $5000 cashback on the cost of installing a solar system.

With most of the other solar rebates, the SA or Federal Governments front the bill. In this case it’s the City of Adelaide itself.

The amount you get back is a percentage of your total installation costs, with the amount capped out depending on the size of your system:

System sizeRebate amount
(Percentage of system price )
Max Rebate
≥1.5 kW to ≤10 kW20%$1,000
>10 kW to ≤20 kW20%$2,500
>20 kW20%$5,000

Under the scheme you can also get:

  • Up to $5000 for electric vehicle charging equipment (cars and bikes)
  • Up to $1000 for a solar hot water system
  • Up to $5000 for a rainwater tank
  • Up to $500 for an electricity management system to access off-peak electricity

Click here to visit the City of Adelaide’s website to find out more.

Not a concession cardholder or a landlord? No problem. There are other solar rebates SA residents can claim below…

Federal Government Solar Incentive - STCs in South Australia

On top of the State Government solar rebates SA residents can access, you can also claim the Federal Government STC incentive (often referred to as the ‘STC rebate’ but technically this is an ‘incentive’). Every single Aussie home is eligible for the STC rebate.

Small Scale Technology Certificates (STCs) gives you a massive upfront discount on your system. The amount of discount you receive depends on which one of the four STC ‘zones’ you live in.

The majority of South Australians live in zone 3.

Here is an example of the STC solar rebate you could expect if you live in or around Adelaide, Victor Harbour, Mount Gambier, Port Wakefield, Edithburgh or Port Lincoln:

The Federal STC rebate (which is technically an ‘incentive’ and not actually a government solar ‘rebate’) South Australians living in zone 3 can expect each year. The number of STCs rewarded reduces every year, so get in quick!

State Government Solar Battery Rebates: South Australia

SA Home Battery Scheme

The solar battery rebate in SA is called The Home Battery Scheme.

It gives every South Australian home connected to the grid a generous discount on the cost of installing a new solar battery. Plus the option of a low interest loan to cover the balance.

With this solar rebate, SA is finally starting to see widespread battery adoption, with energy storage becoming a reality for everyday Aussies.

How much is the solar battery rebate in SA?

The amount received for your solar battery rebate in SA is calculated based on the size of battery you purchase and whether you receive the Energy Concession or not.

The maximum solar battery rebate SA homeowners can access is $2,000.

 Solar Battery Rebate in SA (per kWh)Example: Solar Battery Rebate in SA for a 10kWh Battery
Energy concession holders$250 per kWh $2,000
All other households$150 per kWh$1,500

Let’s say you purchase a 13kWh solar battery. In this case, your solar battery rebate in SA would be $2,000 regardless of whether you are an Energy Concession holder or not.

Eligibility and Applying

To access this solar battery rebate, SA homeowners need to:

  1. Ensure their home is connected to the electricity grid (this is most of us)
  2. Choose an approved solar battery system
  3. Use a qualified battery provider to install the system

If you’re looking for more info on this State Government solar rebate, SA homeowners can check out the scheme’s official page.

Low Interest Loans

The Home Battery Scheme solar rebate gives SA homeowners the option to take out a low interest loan.

The funds are provided by the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, with the green lender Plenti in charge of managing your application and administering the loans.

You can use the loan to cover the balance of purchasing the new battery PLUS the cost of additional solar panels if you are expanding the size of your solar system, or installing solar panels for the first time.

Unsure if a battery is right for you? Check out our FAQs to find out how much a solar battery could save you, plus more.

Solar Rebate SA - 2022 Update! Try our STC Calculator

If you want to work out your solar rebate in SA, 2022 updates to our Solar Calculator make it as easy as 1-2-3.

Follow the link below and chuck in your postcode to instantly predict your:

  • STC solar rebate discount
  • Payback period
  • Savings to your electricity bill with solar

Solar Feed-in Tariffs in South Australia

Upfront government solar rebates in South Australia are great. But don’t forget your feed-in tariff (FiT) savings too!

Your electricity retailer will pay you for the excess electricity your solar system produces that your home doesn’t use. Effectively, they buy the electricity from you and then on-sell it to your neighbours who need it at that point in time.

The current SA solar feed-in tariffs are in the table below (but double check each retailer’s website for specific terms and conditions):

  • ACT
  • QLD
  • NSW
  • NT
  • SA
  • TAS
  • VIC
  • WA
Actew AGL 8.0c 12.0c
Amber Electric No Fixed Amount No Fixed Amount
Discover Energy 6.0c 6.0c
Elysian Energy 9.0c 9.0c
Energy Australia 9.5c 9.5c
Origin Energy 7.0c 11.0c
Powerclub 0.0c 7.0c
Radian Energy 6.0c 6.0c
ReAmped Energy 0.0c 13.0c
Red Energy 6.0c 6.0c
Simply Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Social Energy 9.0c 40.0c*
1st Energy 6.0c 11.0c
AGL 6.0c 15.0c
Alinta Energy 0.0c 11.0c
Bright Spark Power 7.0c 7.0c
CovaU Energy 0.0c 11.0c
Diamond Energy 0.0c 10.2c
Discover Energy 6.0c 13.0c
Dodo 8.5c 8.5c
Electricity in a Box 4.0c 4.0c
Elysian Energy 0.0c 7.9c
Energy Australia 8.5c 8.5c
Energy Locals 8.5c 8.5c
Ergon Energy 6.6c 6.6c
Future X Power 4.0c 4.0c
GEE Energy 0.0c 13.0c
GloBird Energy 3.0c 7.2c
Glow Power 7.0c 7.0c
Kogan Energy 2.9c 2.9c
Locality Planning Energy 0.0c 7.9c
Mojo Power 5.5c 18.0c
Momentum Energy 0.0c 10.0c
Nectr 0.0c 6.0c
Origin Energy 5.0c 13.0c
OVO Energy 0.0c 8.0c
People Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Powerdirect 6.0c 6.0c
Powershop 0.0c 3.5c
QEnergy 0.0c 8.0c
Radian Energy 6.0c 6.0c
ReAmped Energy 0.0c 17.0c
Red Energy 5.0c 11.5c
Simply Energy 4.5c 4.5c
Sumo 6.0c 6.0c
1st Energy 6.0c 11.0c
ActewAGL 8.0c 15.0c
AGL 7.0c 17.0c
Alinta Energy 7.5c 7.5c
Bright Spark Power 7.0c 7.0c
CovaU Energy 0.0c 8.5c
Diamond Energy 0.0c 10.2c
Discover Energy 6.0c 16.0c
Dodo 11.6c 11.6c
Enova Energy 0.0c 12.0c
Electricity in a Box 7.0c 7.0c
Elysian Energy 0.0c 8.4c
Energy Australia 9.5c 9.5c
Future X Power 4.0c 4.0c
GEE Energy 0.0c 14.0c
GloBird Energy 3.0c 3.0c
Glow Power 7.0c 7.0c
Indigo Power 10.0c 10.0c
Kogan Energy 4.4c 4.4c
Locality Planning Energy 0.0c 8.5c
Mojo Power 7.5c 22.0c
Momentum Energy 0.0c 10.0c
Nectr 0.0c 7.0c
Origin Energy 5.0c 14.0c
OVO Energy 0.0c 8.0c
People Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Pooled Energy 4.5c 6.0c
Powerdirect 7.0c 7.0c
Powershop 0.0c 5.0c
QEnergy 8.0c 8.0c
ReAmped Energy 0.0c 21.0c
Radian Energy 6.0c 6.0c
Red Energy 6.0c 18.0c
Simply Energy 7.0c 10.0c
Smart Energy 7.0c 10.0c
Sumo 8.0c 8.0c
Tango Energy 5.5c 5.5c
Jacana Energy 8.3c 8.3c
Rimfire Energy 11.0c 11.0c
1st Energy 8.0c 13.0c
AGL 8.0c 16.0c
Alinta Energy 9.5c 9.5c
CovaU Energy 0.0c 12.0c
Diamond Energy 0.0c 10.2c
Discover Energy 6.0c 13.0c
Dodo 11.6c 11.6c
Elysian Energy 0.0c 9.6c
Energy Australia 10.5c 10.5c
Energy Locals 6.5c 6.5c
Future X Power 4.0c 4.0c
GloBird Energy 3.0c 3.0c
IO Energy 8.0c 8.0c
Kogan Energy 2.1c 2.1c
Lumo Energy 3.0c 3.0c
Mojo Power 6.8c 6.8c
Momentum Energy 0.0c 10.0c
Nectr 0.0c 2.0c
Origin Energy 6.0c 13.0c
OVO Energy 0.0c 8.0c
People Energy 6.8c 6.8c
Powerdirect 8.0c 8.0c
Powershop 0.0c 3.0c
QEnergy 6.8c 6.8c
ReAmped Energy 0.0c 19.0c
Red Energy 3.0c 3.0c
Simply Energy 4.5c 4.5c
Tango Energy 0.0c 7.5c
1st Energy 6.5c 10.5c
Aurora Energy 6.5c 6.5c
Elysian Energy 7.9c 9.0c
Energy Locals 6.6c 6.6c
1st Energy 6.7c 12.0c
AGL 6.7c 6.7c
CovaU Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Diamond Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Discover Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Dodo 12.0c 12.0c
Elysian Energy 0.0c 13.0c
Energy Australia 7.0c 10.2c
Energy Locals 7.0c 10.2c
GloBird Energy 0.0c 10.2c
Indigo Power 10.2c 10.2c
Kogan Energy 6.7c 10.2c
Lumo Energy 8.0c 10.2c
Momentum Energy 6.7c 10.0c
Origin Energy 6.7c 10.2c
OVO Energy 10.2c 10.2c
People Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Powerdirect 10.2c 10.2c
Powershop 6.7c 10.2c
QEnergy 6.7c 6.7c
ReAmped Energy 6.7c 6.7c
Red Energy 8.0c 10.2c
Simply Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Sumo 10.2c 10.2c
Tango Energy 10.2c 10.2c
Horizon Power 3.0c 10.0c**
Synergy 2.75c 10.0c**

To learn more about FiTs and how they push your solar savings even further click here.

FAQs - Solar Rebate South Australia

5000 homes from select suburbs are eligible to claim this government solar rebate in South Australia. Click here to check your address.

Simply head on over to the Switch for Solar site and fill in the form, or give the Switch for Solar team a buzz on (08) 8226 3100 during business hours.

Go to the Sustainability Incentives Scheme page, fill in the relevant application form and email it back to claim. If you would like some more assistance or are having trouble, you can call them on (08) 8203 7203.

Unlike some other states, there’s no solar rebate in SA for renters.

Still, it’s worth speaking to your landlord to see if they’ll consider installing solar for you.

They may agree based on the value it adds to their investment, and you can always work out an arrangement where you contribute to the cost knowing you’ll make it back on cheaper electricity bills before your lease is up.

Send your landlord this link to get 3 solar quotes for your home and start the conversation!

FAQs - South Australia Home Battery Scheme

Use the home battery scheme calculator for an estimate of how much this solar rebate for SA residents can save you.

First step is to get a quote for your home battery system from a qualified provider – click here to get quotes from 3 qualified installers now and plan your system. 

Once you’ve chosen the installer and solar battery system you like the most, they will assist you applying for the discount off the cost of your system.

Normally electricity flows from large centralised power stations like Pelican Point, through the network to your home. A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is a network of decentralised energy resources, like rooftop solar systems, solar batteries, etc all talking to one another.

The VPP allows the solar and battery systems connected to the network to distribute power in a more flexible manner than a single big power station. Anyone with a VPP ready solar system can join a South Australian VPP. Help support the power grid while being paid to do so!

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