If you live in South Australia and want to install a home battery, the new South Australian Home Battery Scheme can give you a financial helping hand. You may be eligible for up to $3000 towards a battery.
Since its launch in October 2018, the response to the Home Battery Scheme has been incredibly positive. The Scheme has supported the installation of thousands of home batteries, paved the way for a number of virtual power plants to enter the market, and reduced the average price of a battery system in South Australia. The Scheme means cleaner, more affordable, reliable power for every household that purchases a system. The installation of these systems also reduces demand on the network (especially during peak periods) and in turn, lower energy prices for all South Australians.
Following a steady uptake of the Scheme this year, the subsidy levels and cap are decreasing.
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The Home Battery Scheme gives 40,000 households access to $100 million in subsidies, plus an additional $100 million in loans.
The scheme is part of a growing movement, along with the Victorian Solar Homes program, that sees state and territory governments subsidising rooftop solar and home battery systems.
The scheme is open to all South Australians, and it doesn’t matter if you live in Adelaide or Innamincka. However, Energy Concession Holders will be able to access a higher subsidy.
South Australian Home Battery Subsidy amount size based
Battery size is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh). Every home has different energy needs, and the Home Battery Scheme subsidy is calculated on the size of the battery installed.
- Energy concession holders: $300 per kWh
- All other households: $200 per kWh
As an example, the popular Tesla Powerwall 2 battery can store 13.5 kWh of energy.
This means that technically a Powerwall 2 should get a $2,700 subsidy for a non-concessional household ($500 x 13.5 kWh).
However, the government caps the subsidy at $3,000 regardless of the size of the battery.
In addition, the subsidy levels and cap are expected to reduce over time as competition in the market increases and home battery system costs go down.
Clean energy loans to make up shortfall
While the subsidy is for batteries only, households will be able to apply for finance. This will be made available through the Commonwealth Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to purchase new or additional solar panels as well as the battery system.
The CEFC is committing up to $100 million to finance loans where the upfront costs of the home battery system installations are not met by the South Australia government subsidies. The CEFC will deliver the loans through RateSetter.
According to the South Australian government, the scheme will directly reduce electricity costs for the 40,000 households that purchase a home battery system.
In addition, the installation of these systems will reduce demand on the network, especially at peak periods. This will then lower prices for all South Australians.
Advantages of home battery storage
With a battery, householders can store solar power to use when they desire. This means less dependence on grid power.
Some batteries can also protects against blackouts, which can be a big concern for some people. The home battery could replace the generator in areas with unreliable grid power, such as remote districts away from major metropolitan areas such as Adelaide.
Energy Matter offers three brands of batteries: the Tesla Powerwall 2, sonnen batteries and Enphase batteries.
The Powerwall 2 comes in one size only (13.5 kWh) but the other two are modular. This means people with low electricity needs can buy a smaller size.
Sonnen comes in 2 kWh modules with 4 kWh being the smallest. They can combine to up to 16 kWh. Enphase batteries come in 1.2 kWh modules and you can have just one or multiple.
Some people might only use only 3 or 4 kWh of electricity per day. As a result, the best battery solution could be two Enphase batteries or a sonnen battery.
Commonwealth and state governments in sync
Working together with the CEFC and RateSetter gives the South Australian Home Battery Scheme added impact. That’s because if the state government subsidy doesn’t cover the cost completely, the CEFC green loan will help make up the balance.
CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said the organisation is delighted to work with RateSetter and the South Australian Government’s Department for Energy and Mining to deliver the benefits of solar and battery storage to householders.
“It makes good economic and environmental sense for home owners to capture even more benefits from their rooftop solar PV with the addition of home battery storage,” he said.
“This investment has the twin benefits of cutting household energy costs, as well as reducing their carbon emissions.
“It is also an important way to reduce customer demand on the electricity network, especially at peak periods, by allowing householders to get the most out of their home solar systems.”
To see how you benefit from the South Australian Home Battery Scheme, get in touch on 133 786, or complete the form below.