Queenslanders can claim rebates of up to $4,000 to buy and install solar battery storage systems from today.
The $10 million Battery Booster program is open for eligible households across the state and applies to those with a new or existing rooftop solar system that is 5kW or greater.
Homeowners with a combined household income of less than $180,000 will be able to receive a $3,000 rebate, while individuals with an income of $66,667 or less will be able to receive a higher $4,000 rebate.
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Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said the rebate scheme was just one way the government was helping to provide cost-of-living support.
“A home battery soaks up cheap renewable energy during the day for use in the evening, helping to slash electricity bills and reduce reliance on fossil fuels,” de Brenni said.
The upfront cost of a battery system in Queensland is more than $9,000, according to the government.
How to get the rebate
The Battery Booster program is now open for applications. Applicants need to get a conditional approval letter from the government before having a battery system installed under the program.
Once your system has been installed and paid for, you can then submit your invoice to receive the rebate payment.
Households will also need to agree to a free safety inspection of their installation after the rebate is approved.
You can find the full eligibility requirements and more information about the program on the Queensland government’s website.
What rebates are available across Australia?
South Australia and the ACT previously offered subsidies for the cost of solar battery storage, but these have now ended.
Victoria offers interest-free solar battery loans of up to $8,800, with repayments made over a four-year period.
You can find out more about electricity rebates and rebates for installing solar power here.
What other cost-of-living relief is available?
The Queensland government announced a $550 Cost Of Living rebate for all Queensland households last year, with an increased $700 rebate for eligible vulnerable households.
The rebate is credited to electricity bills on a quarterly basis, starting from July 1, 2023. The exact timing depends on the retailers’ system requirements and individual billing cycles.