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50% Australian Government rebate available on renewable energy systems

Australian Government Rebates


Since 1996 there have been several rebate schemes available to Queensland residents for systems employing renewable energy components.
Details of these schemes change frequently, so we suggest you refer to the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency website for the latest details.

Learn more about Green Loans, a $300 million five year program that will commence in early 2009.

Media Release on Green Loans
Australian Government info on Green Loans


Solar Homes and Communities Plan (SHCP).

As of 13 May 2008, the Solar Homes and Communities Plan has introduced a means test, with households with an annual taxable income of less than $100,000 eligible for the rebates.
It now applies to all new (post Budget) rebate applications. This means test is based on the annual taxable income of the applicant and their spouse (if any) in the most recent tax year prior to application.

The Australian Government has increased funding for the Solar Homes and Communities Plan by
$25.6 million in 2008-09. The previous budget allocation would have allowed up to 3000 household rebates to be paid. The increased funding – now a fixed total of $56.6 million – will allow up to 6000 household rebates to be paid next year.

Any system eligible for a rebate under the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program is ineligible for the Solar Homes and Communities Plan; applicants should discuss which rebate to apply for with an accredited designer and installer.
Non solar inputs such as micro-hydro & wind are not considered.

The Government will continue to meet demand under the Solar Homes and Communities Plan, which will transition to the Solar Credits scheme in mid 2009. Solar Credits will replace the Solar Homes and Communities Plan as the Government’s primary means of supporting the installation of solar power systems. The Government will work with industry to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements.

Solar Credits will replace the Solar Homes and Communities Plan as the government’s primary means of supporting the installation of household solar power systems.

More information on Renewable Energy Certificates

Solar credits for small scale renewables fact sheet

Guidelines and application forms

Link to all details needed to access the Solar Bonus Scheme in Ergon Energy distribution area

Changes to schools

School rebates are no longer being offered under SHCP (i.e., applications from primary and secondary schools under the old PVRP Schools and Communities program are now closed. Instead, schools will have access to funding for the installation of PV power systems under the new National Solar Schools Program (NSSP) that is expected to be launched on 1 July 2008.

The Government is introducing an exciting new program that provides greater flexibility than the current Green Vouchers for Schools Program. The National Solar Schools Program will take over from Green Vouchers from 1 July 2008.

The Government's vision is for solar panels to be on the rooftop of every school in Australia. National Solar Schools aims to make every Australian primary and secondary school a solar school by 2015. National Solar Schools will offer grants of up to $50 000 (GST exclusive) to install solar power systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures such as:

- small wind turbine and hydro power generators
- solar hot water systems
- energy efficient lighting
- shade awnings
- skylights
- wall and ceiling insulation.

National Solar Schools will allow schools to choose the most effective way to meet their energy and water efficiency goals.

More information for schools

 

Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP) SCHEME FOR OFF-GRID POWER SYSTEMS

The Australian Government's Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP) provides financial support to increase the use of renewable generation in remote parts of Australia that presently rely on fossil fuel for electricity supply.

Any system eligible for a rebate under the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program is ineligible for the Solar Homes and Communities Plan; applicants should discuss which rebate to apply for with an accredited designer and installer.


Residential and Medium-scale (RM) sub-program.

The Residential and Medium-scale (RM) sub-program provides rebates for households, communities, not-for-profit, business, government and other organisations, in those areas of Australia not close to a main grid, to support the installation of renewable generation systems (where existing RRPGP sub-programs are not available).

Rebate will be available at the rate of 50% of renewable energy components, plus installation, at quoted price including GST. Overall system quote price must be 30% renewable energy components and installation.


For residential applications, the site must be the owner's principal place of residence.
Minimum renewable 450 Watts new systems or up-grades are included together (no distinction).
Battery replacement of existing systems not included. Generators do not qualify. It will also be a
requirement that the customer has received a written estimate, not neccesarily a quote, to run the mains that exceeds $30,000 (this amount is yet to be finalised and is likely to be reviewed.

More information and application forms


Renewable Energy Water Pumping Sub-program

The Renewable Remote Power Generation Program - Renewable Energy Water Pumping sub-program provides rebates for business, government and other incorporated organisations, to support the installation of renewable energy water pumping systems in those areas of Australia not close to a main-grid. The sub-program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing reliance on diesel fuel for remote water pumping applications.

More information and application forms

To be eligible, applicants must have their Pre-purchase Application approved by the administrator before buying and installing new renewable energy water pumps.

 

 


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