Home Battery Scheme SA

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The Home Battery Scheme is currently offering $6,000 off a new Home Battery, which is available to qualifying South Australian households.  The Home Battery Scheme has been made possible by the $100 million in state Government Subsidies allocated by the South Australian Government.

As the Home Battery Scheme only subsidises the purchases of eligible Home Batteries, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation has matched the $100 million in State Government Subsidies to make low-interest finance options available for both Solar and Battery purchases, which is facilitated through RateSetter.

The intent of a home battery system is to reduce one’s reliance on the grid, to get more usage from your solar system, access to blackout power and to reduce energy bills.

How is the Home Battery Scheme Subsidy Calculated?

The Home Battery Subsidy is calculated based on the home battery’s usable storage capacity and is capped at a maximum of $6000 per Home Battery for up to 40,000 SA households.  Each SA Household could receive $500 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) and Energy Concession Holders could receive $600 per kWh off a battery eligible for the Home Battery Scheme.

For example, a home battery with 5kWh of usable storage capacity could receive a $2500 subsidy, or $3000 for energy concession holders.

Home Battery Subsidy per Eligible Battery

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Home Battery Scheme FAQs

Am I eligible for a Home Battery subsidy?

The Home Battery Scheme is accessible to all SA households, who have or are willing to get sufficient solar, that are connected to the SA Power Network’s grid?

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How much will a Home Battery save me?

Home Batteries store energy produced by roof top solar panels to use at a later stage, such as in the evenings or early mornings when solar is not as efficient.

A Home Battery also allow you to use grid energy when tariffs are low and switch to battery storage when energy rates are high, which reduces electricity usage at peak hours, therefore reducing energy bills.  On average, batteries can contribute 30% of a household’s energy usage.

Is a Home Battery Affordable?

A Quality Home Battery is expensive, however, the Home Battery Scheme and CEFC / RateSetter have made efforts to assist with reducing the costs of a home battery to a home owner.  These efforts include the introduction of the Home Battery Subsidy of up to $6000 off a new Home Battery and low-finance options from CEFC via RateSetter.
In addition to this, eligible Home Battery owners have the option to join the Virtual Power Plant(VPP) via various Virtual Power Plant Providers.

The Virtual Power Plant plans may include access credit payments, amounts off your battery, sign up bonuses, or affordable “pay as you use” packages for energy usage.

An additional consideration is the expected savings on your energy bill, which can also be written off against the home battery, which increases over the life-time of the battery.

I own multiple properties that I rent out, may I access the Home Battery Subsidy & Virtual Power Plant for these properties?

Yes. This is becoming more popular as this allows property owners to generate greater rental income from properties, while also increasing their properties’ value.

There are various strategies to implement this in such a manner that it benefits the property owner and the tenants. For additional information, please contact our experienced consultants on 8370 9555

I already have a Solar System. May I add more panels when purchasing a battery?

Yes. As we analyse clients on an individual basis, we do find that clients may require an upgrade/expansion to their solar system to meet their energy requirements.

Please keep in mind that the home battery subsidy only applies to the Home Battery and not solar or separate inverters, however the low-interest finance options via CEFC and RateSetter may be used for the purchase of batteries and / or solar.

May I access the subsidy if I do not own my home?

Yes, However you will need to get owner’s consent and demonstrate the owner’s consent to the Home Battery System Provider before installation.You may not remove the battery from the property in the even that you move to another property.

May I live Off-Grid with a Subsidised Battery?

No. The Home Battery Scheme was developed so that home battery systems can become affordable and can also feed the grid to form part of the Virtual Power Plant. Therefore, subsidised home battery systems need to remain connected to the SA Power Network’s electricity network.

Will I lose my Pre 2012 SA Govt Subsidised feed-in tariff?

If you add a home battery or upgrade your existing solar, then yes you will loose the Feed-In Tariff. Often, it is not worth while loosing the high feed-in tariff, however if you have high energy bills, then it might still be a consideration.
With the current Home Battery Scheme, low-interest loans and Virtual Power Plan plans available, it might be something to consider.Feel free to speak to your energy retailer or one of our consultants for expert advice regarding your individual case.

How much can I borrow from CEFC/RateSetter?

CEFC/RateSetter allows for low-interest loans from $2,001 up to $45,000 for the purchase of Solar or a Home Battery. A loan application is submitted to RateSetter for approval.

Can I access the subsidy more than once?

Yes. If you own multiple properties, you can access the Home Battery Scheme’s Subsidy more than once. However, the property must be a residential property and you can only access the battery subsidy once per property.

You will be required to provide the National Metering Identifier (NMI) of the property when applying for the Home Battery Scheme subsidy (this can be found on your bill).

How do I access the subsidy if I don’t have a computer or the internet?

You may still apply for the Home Battery Scheme, even if you do not have access to the internet or a computer.  Please contact 8370 9555 or visit the Sharpe Energy Hub showroom at 71 Port Road, we will assist and guide you through the entire process. We will also ensure that you have a paper copy of the Home Battery Subsidy application.

To ensure your satisfaction, you will need to confirm your satisfaction once the new home battery has been installed. This can be done by either providing Shsrpe Energy Hub with written confirmation, or telephonically with a RateSetter consultant.

Where will the Home Battery be installed?

We conduct a comprehensive site inspection to determine the best position for a home battery to be installed. During the site inspection, our inspector will identify certain locations and will discuss the options with the homeowner.

Will the battery work in a blackout?

Not all batteries will work in a blackout, however, certain home batteries have built-in blackout protection or it is offered as an optional extra. 

Generally, blackout protection provides power for lighting, fridges, life-support apparatus and certain important electrical devices. It is important to discuss this option with your consultant to ensure that it does have the blackout feature that you may require.

Will I have to change my energy retailer?

Not necessarily. Many System Providers will be offering battery systems which are not tied to a program operated by a particular energy retailer.

However, it is anticipated that energy retailers who offer eligible home batteries as part of a virtual power plant program may apply to become qualified System Providers. If you choose to purchase a home battery system that will be part of a virtual power plant, a condition of purchasing the home battery system may be that the System Provider becomes your energy retailer.

If you are interested in signing up to a virtual power plant program, read the terms and conditions carefully. As part of a virtual power plant you will need to allow the operator to access energy from your battery at certain times. Depending on the terms and conditions of the customer agreement, you may be paid for the energy the operator uses from your battery.

What is the virtual power plant?

The VPP (Virtual Power Plant) is a network of Home Solar and Battery Systems that are connected and work together to generate, store and feed electricity into the grid, which supports the grid energy requirements, especially during times of higher demand.