What solar rebates are currently available?

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With our long summers, sunny weather and vast tracts of open land, Australia is one of the best places to install a solar energy system for your home or business.

Solar (PV) systems provide limitless free energy from the sun’s radiation and are undoubtedly the best small-scale renewable energy source for Aussie households. Unfortunately, solar systems are expensive to buy and install, which is where the Australian Government’s rebates come into play.

Small-scale renewable energy scheme

The biggest and most obvious monetary incentive the Government provides is the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. It’s essentially a discount for households which install a renewable energy system, or a sustainably-powered hot water system.

Once your system is installed and approved, you can receive small-scale energy certificates (STCs) calculated on the expected output of your system for its life up to 15 years. Electricity retailers must purchase an annual quota of these certificates by law, meaning solar customers may sell them for cash on an open marking.

Alternatively if you like, the STCs can be placed with the STC clearing house where you will receive a flat return of $40 per certificate. If you don’t feel like doing this yourself, some solar installers will sell your certificates on your behalf in exchange for a portion of the sale value.

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Feed-in tariffs

The second major incentive is the Government’s ‘feed-in’ tariffs. This is a small rebate of a few cents for each kWh of unused electricity generated by your solar system that is exported into the electricity grid. Some states have mandated feed-in tariff rates, but retailers are usually free to set their own rate so long as it’s above any set minimums. As feed in tariffs are a matter of state policy, rates will therefore differ depending on where you live. See the following links for information relevant to your state.

There are further rebates for sustainable electricity use that aren’t limited to solar. Different states offer incentives for things such as energy-efficient appliances, running your pool filter at off-peak times, efficient air conditioning systems and many more – all can be found on the Government’s energy savings website. Keep in mind that rebates aren’t restricted to solar panels – you can also get a rebate on small-scale wind turbines, solar and heat-pump hot water, or even hydro power systems.

Solar Plans & Prices

Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. This table may include products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features Benefit Period Price(estimated**)
Alinta Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

No Fuss – Solar

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 11c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,366 Go To Site
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Solar Savers

Conditional Discounts

  • $75 online sign-up credit

Other Features:

  • 17c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,496

Link to provider unavailable

Origin Logo
Basic Plan Information

Solar Boost Plus

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 19c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Plan subject to Origin T&Cs
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
2 Year
$1,554 Go To Site
mojo power logoBasic Plan Information

Energy Without Benefits – Solar

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 10c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing
$1,569

Link to provider unavailable

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Basic Plan Information

Banksia Solar

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 12c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing
$1,570 Go To Site
Basic Plan Information

Solar Boost

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 11.5c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,570

Link to provider unavailable

Amaysim Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Solar As You Go

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 14c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,593

Link to provider unavailable

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Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. This table may include products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features Benefit Period Price(estimated˜)
Momentum Energy Logo
Energy Fact Sheet

Solar Step-Up

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features

  • 13.5c/kWh feed-in tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing
$1,298 Go To Site
Kogan Energy logo
Energy Fact Sheet

Solar Market Offer

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 12c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,383 Go To Site
Amaysim Energy Logo
Energy Fact Sheet

Classic Solar

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 13c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,420

Link to provider unavailable

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Energy Fact Sheet

Banksia Solar

No Conditional Discounts 

Other Features:

  • 13c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing
$1,420 Go To Site
Origin Logo
Energy Fact Sheet

Solar Optimiser

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 12c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing

$1,420 Go To Site
CovaU Logo
Energy Fact Sheet

Smart Saver Solar

Conditional Discounts

  • 24% discount off usage charges for paying on time by direct debit

Other Features:

  • 10.91c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
1 Year $1,626
incl. conditional discount

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Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. This table may include products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features  Benefit Period Price(estimated**)
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Solar Savers

Conditional Discounts

  • $75 online sign-up credit

Other Features:

  • 21c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,392
incl. conditional discount

Link to provider unavailable

CovaU Logo
Basic Plan Information

Freedom Solar

Conditional Discounts

  • 20% discount off whole bill for paying on time

Other Features:

  • 8.5c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,429
incl. conditional discount

Link to provider unavailable

Origin Logo
Basic Plan Information

Solar Boost Plus

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 23c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Plan subject to Origin T&Cs
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
1 Year
$1,444 Go To Site
Amaysim Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Solar As You Go

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 15c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,463

Link to provider unavailable

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Basic Plan Information

Banksia Solar

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 14c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing
$1,467 Go To Site
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Here are some of the cheapest solar-specific deals from the retailers on our database. These costs are based on SA Power network in Adelaide but prices will vary depending on your circumstances. We show one product per retailer, listed in order of lowest price first. Annual price estimates assume general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Price estimates exclude solar feed-in tariff credits. This table may include products from referral partners†. Our database may not cover all deals in your area, and please check retailer websites for up to date information.

Brand Features  Benefit Period Price(estimated**)
Origin Logo
Basic Plan Information

Solar Boost Plus

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 23c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Plan subject to Origin T&Cs
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
1 Year
$1,796 Go To Site
AGL Logo
Basic Plan Information

Solar Savers

Conditional Discounts

  • $75 online sign-up credit

Other Features:

  • 18c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,866
incl. conditional discount

Link to provider unavailable

Click Logo
Basic Plan Information

Banksia Solar

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 17c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing
$1,940 Go To Site
Amaysim Energy Logo
Basic Plan Information

Solar As You Go

No Conditional Discounts

Other Features:

  • 22c/kWh Feed-in Tariff
  • Price estimate excludes solar FiT credits
Ongoing $1,973

Link to provider unavailable

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