Once your solar panel system is installed, you can sell some of the excess electricity you generate back to the grid and receive a credit on your electricity bill. This process is known as a feed-in tariff (FiT) credit. The FiT is an ongoing rate which varies between companies, so it’s worth comparing electricity retailers to see if you can find a competitive rate.
As part of the NSW Government’s initiative towards net-zero emissions, they offer several ways for residents to get solar. Eligible low-income owner-occupiers are able to receive a free three-kilowatt solar system in place of their usual household rebate.2
The ACT Government offers subsidies for solar battery systems for both homeowners and businesses. This rebate is part of a Next Gen program aimed at supporting solar energy storage and is only available through approved Next Gen energy providers.3
As part of the Solar Homes Program, the Victorian Government offers solar panel rebates and subsidies for solar batteries. In addition, there are also rebates for solar hot water or heat pump systems.4
Ten steps to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system with the government solar rebate
The price you pay will depend on several factors, including:
It’s recommended you gather multiple quotes from Approved Solar Retailers and select the right option for your circumstances.
The answer to this question will depend on your circumstances. Although, if you can afford the upfront costs or repayments, it can be a money-saving option in the long term. What’s more, from a broader perspective, you’re shrinking your carbon footprint and, if you have a battery, reducing your strain on the grid.
If you can’t afford up-front costs, there may be solar rebates available to help cover some of the necessary fees. Another option is to go through retailers that offer to install solar panels for you, with the condition that you agree to be locked into a contract with them for a fixed number of years with an accompanying electricity plan.
Conveniently, solar panels don’t make noise and require very little maintenance. You just need to ensure dirt, leaves, debris or overhanging trees aren’t throwing shade over your panels and obstructing the sun’s rays. So, a periodic light cleaning might be in order.
A good solar panel that’s maintained should last you about 25 years.
The federal government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme ends in 2030. The initiative has made an impact in many states. For example, the solar rebate in Queensland has proved a good incentive for households with one in three Queensland homes now with rooftop solar.7
In addition, according to the Australian PV Institute (APVI), there were peaks in monthly installations of solar PV systems over the course of the scheme leading up to changes to the solar multiplier that would decrease the number of Renewable Energy Certificates eligible to new systems.9
If you want 100% clean energy, a battery may be the solution for you. A solar battery will help you lower your electricity costs further by storing energy, which reduces the need to pay for energy usage from the grid at night when you’ve stopped generating your own electricity. However, your solar panel system can work fine without a solar battery system.
Solar batteries are expensive, and only a few select states offer a rebate for them, so it’s worth weighing up your options. There are also different size options for battery storage, which will influence the cost and the amount of solar power you can store for home use.
The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme also offers STCs for solar hot water systems and heat pumps. Victoria is the only state government that offers additional incentives for this type of system, up to $1,000.8
Learn more about hot water systems.
1 Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water – Australian Government. Solar PV and batteries. Accessed September 2022.
2 Energy saver – NSW Government. Apply for solar for low income households. Accessed September 2022.
3 Everyday climate choice. Next Gen Energy Storage Program. Accessed September 2022.
4 Solar Victoria – Victorian State Government. Save with solar. It’s that simple. Last reviewed August 2022. Accessed September 2022.
5 Victorian State Government. Apply for a Solar Homes rebate. 2022. Accessed September 2022.
6 Clean energy council. How do I choose a solar retailer and installer? 2022. Accessed September 2022.
7 Department of Energy and Public Works – Queensland Government. Households. Last updated September 2022. Accessed November 2022.
8 Solar Victoria – Victoria State Government. Solar hot water rebate. Last reviewed August 2022. Accessed September 2022.
9 Australian PV Institute (APVI) Solar Map, funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. Australian PV market since April 2001. Accessed from pv-map.apvi.org.au January 2023.