SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS )

Home Battery Scheme
SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS )
SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS )

SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS )

Thanks to the SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS ) Scheme, ALL South Australians can access subsidies of up to $6,000* off the price of a battery storage solution starting October 22nd.

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Home Battery Scheme
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Home Battery Scheme

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SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS )

From October 22nd this year, 40,000 South Australian households will have access to $100 million in State Government battery subsidies and a further $100 million in Commonwealth Govt Clean Energy Finance Corporation(CEFC) loans to pay for the installation of home battery and solar systems. The scheme will run for 4 years, which means only the first 10,000 qualified South Australian households will receive a rebate or loan every year.

While the subsidy will be applied to the battery only, households will be able to apply for finance 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 subsidy will be available to all South Australians, however Energy Concession Holders will be able to access a higher subsidy, ensuring low-income households are supported to access the Scheme.

While the subsidy will vary depending on the size of the
battery, the subsidy will be capped at a maximum of $6,000 per battery installed.

Home Battery Scheme Subsidy Levels

Energy concession holder $600 per kilowatt hour (kWH), up to $6000

All other households $500 per kilowatt hour (kWH), up to $6000

While the subsidy will vary depending on the size of the
battery, the subsidy will be capped at a maximum of $6,000 per battery installed.

ERS simplifies the application process with 3 easy online steps:

Initial registration of your Home for the SA Home Battery Scheme by filling out the simple form. Click “Register your interest” below.
A pre-qualification acknowledgement will be emailed.

Our Accredited and Authorised re-sellers will use the Home information provided with the Energy Analyser tool to identify the optimum system for your Home.
We will communicate by email for further information to put together a proposal for your home application.

Updates will be provided regularly as to the SA Govt HBS (Home Battery Scheme) guidelines and processes. Notifications will be forwarded via email for both application confirmation and finance information.

Applications will be lodged starting late October (Subject to updates).

Benefits of Solar + Battery Systems

  • Store your solar power and avoid paying for peak power ever again.
  • Take full control over your grid energy use and crush power bills
  • Harvest your solar energy to use later – at night & morning from your home battery.
  • Emergency power supply from your battery will avoid outages and black outs.
  • Intelligent management system batteries optimise household power usage.
  • The battery is portable with 10 year 10,000 cycle warranties so you can shift from home to home.
  • Start with a 5kWh and increase up to 16kWh subject to your power requirements.
  • Escape quarterly Power bills between $300-$1200. Crush power bills with 80% plus reductions.
  • Enjoy VPP + Energy Retailer assistance programs available with specific Batteries.
  • Avoid rising power costs with Smart Battery Technology.

The SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS ) 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) and in turn lower prices for all South Australians.

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Frequently asked questions

A home battery storage system typically includes a battery and an inverter, paired with existing or new rooftop solar panels.

The system works by harnessing the sun’s energy during the day and storing excess energy when the sun goes down. By storing and using more of the energy generated by your solar system, your household will draw less energy from the grid, saving you money on your energy bill.

The SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS ) will be scaled in line with the size of the home battery storage system installed, calculated on the kilowatt hour capacity of the battery system.

South Australian Energy Concession Holders will also be able to access a higher subsidy, helping low-income households access the Scheme.

Home Battery Scheme subsidy levels
Energy concession holder $600.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh)
All other households $500.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh)

For example, a large battery providing 10 kWh storage could receive a $5,000 subsidy, or $6,000 for concession holders.

While the subsidy will vary depending on the size of the battery purchased, it will be capped at a maximum of $6,000.

The SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS ) levels and the subsidy cap are expected to reduce over time as competition in the market increases and the cost of home battery systems goes down.

The subsidy from the State Government will only apply to the battery component of the system purchased.

Subject to credit approval, additional finance will be available to assist participating households pay for the balance of the home battery storage system, which may include new solar panels as well as the battery component.

Participating households will be able to borrow up to the total unsubsidised portion of the system, less a deposit (if required by the System Provider).

Further information about the finance options for households looking to access a loan and subsidy will be announced in October, when the program launches.

Home battery storage systems are not appropriate for all households.

The SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS ) website (to launch in October) will help customers consider whether a home battery storage system is suitable for them through a series of preliminary questions.

Households should seek detailed analysis from System Providers when obtaining quotes for their home battery storage system.

It is important for all households to consider whether the expected energy savings over the life of the battery will cover the cost of its purchase.

In the meantime, if you are concerned about your energy bills, you can find helpful advice and information about energy use in your home and how you may better manage it at www.sa.gov.au/energy

Alternatively, you can call the Energy Advisory Service on 8204 1888 or 1800 671 907 (free call), Monday to Friday during business hours, or you can email them at energyadvice@sa.gov.au

Yes. You don’t have to own the home you live in to access the Scheme, however you will need to obtain approval from the homeowner to have the system installed and be able to demonstrate their consent to the System Provider.

The program is being designed so that it does not exclude any household from purchasing a subsidised home battery storage system.

However, South Australian Energy Concession Holders will be able to access a higher subsidy, further assisting low-income households to access the Scheme.

How much a participating household will save on their energy bills will vary, depending on the number of occupants in the household, their average energy use, the size of the system being installed and their chosen finance options.

It is important for all households to consider whether the expected energy savings over the life of the battery will cover the cost of its purchase.

Households should seek detailed analysis from System Providers when obtaining quotes for their home battery storage system.

The purchase of a home battery storage system may include new solar panels as well as a battery storage component – however, the subsidy from the State Government will only apply to the storage component of the system.

Minimum technical specifications have been developed to ensure the batteries are safe, reliable and capable of being recruited into a virtual power plant.

The Government is engaging with industry to ensure that a range of battery systems will be available for installation that meet the technical specifications.

No. The subsidy is only available for grid-connected solar households. A requirement of the subsidy is that home battery storage systems are capable of being part of a virtual power plant.

A virtual power plant is created by a network of home solar panels and battery storage systems all working together to generate, store and feed energy back into the grid.

Energy from the home solar panels and battery system installed as a part of this virtual power plant provides electricity for the house on which it’s installed. Any excess energy generated by the system is automatically dispatched to the grid. This dispatched energy is centrally controlled to meet the needs of the grid, providing additional energy to the rest of the state, when it is required.

Virtual power plant (VPP) capable means the home battery storage system can – either at the outset, or at a future point in time – be operated under an aggregation model, meaning the home battery storage system could be enrolled as part of a VPP program, or remain non-aggregated.

Some of the benefits of including VPP capable systems in the scheme include:

  • households will have choice of VPP products, some which may require low or no upfront costs
  • increasing storage/generation in the energy market – reducing the state’s energy demand peaks and therefore potentially providing benefits to all South Australian customers, not just those who receive the subsidy.

Not necessarily.

However, it is anticipated that retailers who offer eligible batteries as part of a virtual power plant program will be able to register as System Providers. If you choose such an option, in this instance, a condition of purchasing the home battery storage system may be that the System Provider becomes your energy retailer.

Eligible South Australians on low or fixed incomes can apply for help with the cost of energy bills. The concession amount is indexed each financial year. For 2018–19, you may be eligible to receive up to $223.01 to cover both electricity and gas payments (including LPG bottled gas). For more information, visit: www.sa.gov.au/topics/care-and-support/financial-support/concessions/energy-bill-concessions

It is also strongly recommended that households contact their retailer when facing difficulty paying electricity bills. Retailers will work with customers regarding repayment of their bills, and may be able to offer a discounted rate if requested.

More information about the eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found online at
www.sa.gov.au/topics/care-and-support/financial-support/concessions/energy-bill-concessions

No. The subsidy will be determined by your eligibility at the time of purchase.

Yes.

The purchase of a home battery storage system may include new solar panels as well as a SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS ) is quite different to Tesla’s virtual power plant and other virtual power plant programs currently being trialled in South Australia.

A key difference between the SA Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS ) and Telsa’s virtual power plant is that households accessing the Home Battery Subsidy ( HBS ) will be able to choose from a variety of home battery storage systems and they will own the system.

More about Tesla’s VPP…
Tesla with support from the South Australian government is developing a network of at least 50,000 home solar panels and Powerwall battery systems across South Australia – all working together to form the world’s largest virtual power plant. It is currently in its trial phases, but as a whole it will add up to a 250 megawatt power plant, providing a new source of energy for the state.

Subject to the success of the trials and private investment, the full program will be rolled out to 24,000 public housing properties and 25,000 private properties from mid-2019.

Tesla is responsible for the installation of the systems and participating households agree to have home energy systems comprising of a 5 kW rooftop solar system, a 5 kW/13.5 kWh Tesla Powerwall battery and smart meter installed at their home.

Households interested in participating in the program can register their interest at www.virtualpowerplant.sa.gov.au

Yes. If you own multiple residential properties, you can access the subsidy for each property you install a home battery system on.

Yes. The subsidy applies to the battery storage component only.

Households with existing solar systems will be able to purchase new or additional solar panels if needed, as well as the battery system.

Yes. The subsidy applies to the battery storage component only.

Households with existing solar systems will be able to purchase new or additional solar panels if needed, as well as the battery system.

  1. All the Eligible households can access subsidies of up to $6,000 on battery storage systems through the South Australian Home Battery Scheme. Eligibility criteria apply, please refer to http://www.energymining.sa.gov.au/energy_implementation/home_battery_scheme to review your eligibility.
  2. The subsidy scheme is administered by the South Australian Government, and Energy Rating Systems cannot guarantee any subsidy on your behalf. If you have any questions regarding the subsidy process or your eligibility, or for more information on the Scheme, please visit http://www.energymining.sa.gov.au/energy_implementation/home_battery_scheme.