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Rebates and assistance

Check what Australian Government rebates are available to all Australians.

And then check what rebates are available in your state.

Australia Government Rebates

Renewable power incentive

You maybe entitled to Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) if your Small-scale Generation Unit (SGU), such as small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind or hydro unit, is eligible. These certificates can then be sold and transferred to a STC agent (usually electricity retailers) or sold in the STC market or through the STC Clearing House. A STC agent will offer you a financial benefit such as an up-front discount or delayed cash payment when you assign your STCs to them. A majority of owners take this option.

For more details visit the Australian Government's Office of Renewable Energy Regulator solar panels web page and the Fact sheet: Support for small-scale renewable energy systems web page.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Solar Hot Water Rebate (Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme)

The Government announced on 28 February 2012 that the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme – Solar Hot Water Rebate (REBS) will close on 30 June 2012.

REBS was available to help eligible home-owners, landlords or tenants to replace their electric storage hot water systems with solar or heat pump hot water systems.

If you have installed a system prior to 28 February 2012, your application must reach the Department within 122 days from the date of installation.

If you purchased or ordered (and paid a deposit) for a system up to 28 February 2012, but installed it after 28 February 2012, applications must be received by the Department by 30 June 2012.

For more details about the Solar Hot Water Rebate visit the Climate Change and Energy efficiency website.

Related action: Install solar hot water

LPG gas vehicle conversion

The LPG Vehicle Scheme offers grants of $2,000 towards the purchase of a new vehicle already fitted with LPG or a grant of $1,500 for the LPG conversion of a new or used vehicle.

To check your eligibility and download an application form visit the AusIndustry LPG Vehicle Scheme website. You can also ring the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46 or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au

Related action: Buy an efficient car

South Australia

Solar Feed-in Scheme

The South Australian Solar Feed-In Scheme rewards households that install solar power (photovoltaic - PV) renewable energy generation systems by paying them for the electricity they generate.

For more details visit the SA Solar Feed-in Scheme web page.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Solar hot water rebate

Concession card-holders in South Australia may be eligible for a rebate of $500 for the cost of installing a new solar hot water or electric heat pump hot water system.

For more details visit the Transport, Energy and Infrastructure website.

Related actions: Install solar hot water

Home water saving rebates

South Australian households can claim a rebate of up to $200 for the installation of a rainwater tank and for $30 (free for concession card holders) a licensed plumber will come to your home and check your plumbing fixtures and fittings, retrofit water saving devices (including up to two showerheads) and provide water saving advice.

For more details visit the SA Water website.

Some local councils also offer rebates for purchasing water saving devices. Contact your local council to find out.

Related action: Harvest and use your rainwater, Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Home energy incentives

The Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) provides South Australian households assistance with installing efficient lighting, showerheads, draught proofing and upgrading to energy efficient appliances to reduce their energy usage.

For more details visit the Transport, Energy and Infrastructure website.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Insulate, Shade and Weatherproof Your House