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South Australian Home Battery Scheme: Your Questions Answered

South Australian Home Battery Scheme: Your Questions Answered

South Australian households can now apply for a home battery subsidy worth up to $2,000 through the South Australian Home Battery Scheme.  Low interest loans are also available to help pay for the home battery and a new solar panels system too, if required.

Funding for the Home Battery Scheme is provided by the South Australian Government who has committed to $100 million in state subsidies.

The subsidy is available to all grid-connected South Australian households, regardless of income, as long as they are connected to the South Australian electricity grid (i.e. SA Power Networks).  This includes rental properties as well as owner-occupied homes.

Act now before the subsidy is reduced

It’s a good idea to act now to get the battery subsidy.  That’s because the subsidy will continue to reduce as uptake of the South Australian Home Battery scheme increases.  When the South Australian Home Battery Scheme was launched in 2018, the battery subsidy was worth up to $6,000.  Now, it’s $2,000 and it is likely to reduce still further.

Whilst the value has reduced, this battery subsidy is a great way to reduce the cost of home battery storage and – as a bonus – generate passive income through participation in virtual power plants.

This article answers all the frequently asked questions about the South Australian Home Battery Scheme.

  • How much is the Home Battery subsidy worth?
  • Who is eligible?
  • What batteries are approved – and how much subsidy do they qualify for?
  • Do I need solar panels installed first in order to get the subsidy?
  • How is the subsidy paid?
  • How will I benefit?
  • What low interest loans are available?
  • How do I apply?
  • Are there any catches?
  • I’m interested! What’s the next step

How much is the Home Battery subsidy worth?

  • Whether or not you are an energy concession holder
  • The size of the battery you purchase

Current Home Battery Scheme subsidy levels as of 1st January 2022:

Energy concession holder$250 per kilowatt hour of battery storage
All other households$150 per kilowatt hour of battery storage
Maximum subsidy per battery installation$2,000

 

Who is eligible?

The South Australian battery subsidy is available to all South Australian households that are connected to the South Australian electricity grid – that’s around 40,000 homes in total!

This chart gives a quick overview of who’s eligible – and some important points to be aware of.

 

Eligibility for the South Australian Home Battery Scheme

Eligible?Important points
Homeowners

Energy concession holders

All other households

 

 

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·         Must be a residential property

·         Must be connected to the SA Power Network’s electricity network

·         Subsidies are guaranteed for up to 6 months from date of conditional approval

Renters

Energy concession holders

All other households

 

 

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·         Must have consent from owner of property to install a battery system

·         Must be connected to the SA Power Network’s electricity network

·         Subsidies are guaranteed for up to 6 months from date of conditional approval

New build

Energy concession holders

All other households

 

 

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·         Must be connected to the SA Power Network’s electricity network

·         Subsidies are guaranteed for up to 12 months from date of conditional approval

Off-grid homes[cross]·         Not eligible

 

What batteries are approved – and how much subsidy do they qualify for?

As an example, one of the approved home battery systems Solar Run offers South Australian households is the AlphaESS battery system.  With 10 kilowatt hours of battery storage, this system is large enough to power a good-size family home through the night and on overcast days.

The AlphaESS battery would qualify for the maximum subsidy – of $2,000 – for both energy concession holders and all other households.

The AlphaESS one of the best value batteries on the market – as well as being one of the most powerful.  It’s also VPP-ready (meaning that you can join a Virtual Power Plant and generate extra income).

We supply and install other approved batteries under the South Australian Home Battery Scheme, including the Tesla Powerwall 2.  Get in touch for expert battery advice and a quote for an approved battery under the South Australian Home Battery Scheme.

 

Do I need solar panels installed first in order to get the subsidy?

No, you don’t need solar panels installed first before qualifying for the South Australian Home Battery subsidy.

Here’s a quick overview of the eligibility criteria when it comes to the status of your solar power system:

Solar panels and the South Australian Home Battery subsidy

Meet qualification criteria
I don’t have solar panels on my roof right now.  I want to install solar panels and a battery at the same time.[tick]
I have solar panels already.  I just want to add a battery.[tick] – only proviso is that the solar system must be big enough to power the battery
I want to add more solar panels and get a battery at the same time[tick]

 

Just be aware that the subsidy is only for the battery – not for the solar panels system.

How is the subsidy paid?

The battery subsidy is paid directly to your Solar Retailer, who deducts that amount from your quote.

You can only get the subsidy if you purchase through a Solar Retailer that’s approved as a Provider under the South Australian Home Battery Scheme.  Solar Run is an approved Provider.

The good news is that you don’t get involved in the transfer of the subsidy payments – that’s all handled between the South Australian Government, the agency appointed by the Government to administer the scheme (Plenti), and the approved Solar Provider (e.g. Solar Run).

How will I benefit?

The benefits for households participating in the South Australian Home Battery scheme are:

  • Cost of battery reduced by up to $2,000
  • You own the battery
  • Entitles you to join an approved Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and generate passive income from your battery
  • Quality installation. Only vetted solar retailers – like Solar Run – are on the approved list of Solar Providers.
  • Virtual Power Plant (VPP) ready battery. Only high quality VPP-ready batteries like the AlphaESS and Tesla Powerwall 2 are on the approved product list.
  • Plus all the other battery storage benefits (link to article) such as greater energy independence and lower electricity bills.

Are low interest loans available?

Yes, subject to credit approval, additional low interest finance is available to participating households to help pay for the balance of their battery storage system, as well as new or additional solar panels if required.  You simply apply for the finance option at the same time – and on the same website – as when you are applying for the battery subsidy.

Alternatively, get in touch with us for competitive low interest finance.

How do I apply?

The first step is to get a quote for an approved battery from an approved Solar Provider for the Home Battery Scheme, such as Solar Run.  Should you accept the quote, you’ll be sent a link to the Plenti website (Plenti administer the subsidy on behalf of the South Australian Government).  This is where you apply for the battery subsidy and low interest finance as well, if required.

 

Are there any catches?

There are a couple of important things to watch out for if you’re considering home battery storage through the South Australian Home Battery Scheme:

  • First check with your electricity retailer whether your existing solar feed-in tariff will drop, as a result of participating in the Scheme (relevant if you are on a premium feed-in tariff). Do this before you order a battery.
  • If blackout protection is of value to you, make sure you get a battery with this feature (not all batteries provide protection from outages).

 

I’m interested! What’s the next step?

If you’d like more information and a quote for a South Australian approved battery – with or without solar panels – get in touch!  Battery prices are falling – and we have some great deals on approved home batteries through the South Australian Home Battery Scheme.  Get in quick before the subsidy reduces in value.

 

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