Information Update 16/03/2018 @ 11.30am Rooftop solar and battery systems: No interest loans and rebates
Updated 16/03/2018 -11.30am
Driftwind Electrical team had discussions with Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy regarding the offer for interest-free loans and rebates this morning @ 11.30am.
We were advised that this is currently being reviewed and tweaked to determine eligibility criteria before being rolled out. Please continue to review our Website and Facebook pages regularly as we will be updating on this as more information is provided.
Information below prior to 16/03/2018
Queensland has the highest uptake of solar PV installations in Australia. To drive continued uptake of solar, and support customers to adopt battery storage technology, $21 million is being invested to provide no interest loans for these technologies.
The no interest loans enable households and small businesses to take control of their own electricity consumption, address electricity affordability, and provide access to the necessary upfront capital required to purchase systems.
Customers can save up to $700 per year by installing these new technologies.
Note: Actual savings depend on a range of factors, including how much of the power generated is used by the customer.
No interest loans for solar and battery systemsNo interest loans for rooftop solar and battery systems will be made available during 2018.
Rebates for systems including batteries
To complement the loan scheme, and recognising the higher costs associated with batteries, we will provide a rebate on battery systems.
The rebate will be made available in 2018.
You can find out more on the QLD Government Website
Applications for the energy efficient appliance rebate are now open.
To help Queensland households improve their energy efficiency, $20 million has been committed for rebates on approved energy efficient appliances under the Affordable Energy Plan.
Customers can save up to $50 a year by using an energy efficient refrigerator or washing machine. An energy efficient air conditioner could save up to $100 a year.
Rebates availableRebates will apply to purchases on or after 1 January 2018 for the following household appliances:
The scheme will end when the funding is exhausted, so payment of a rebate is not guaranteed.
Eligibility criteriaIt’s important to determine the best appliance for your needs.
The following information regarding energy efficient appliance rebate eligibility is provided as a guide only and does not entitle you to a rebate. We will check your eligibility for a rebate as part of the application process. Please read the rebate terms and conditions (PDF) to determine your eligibility before applying.
To be eligible for a rebate, the appliance must:
Read the full list of eligible 4 star or higher appliances:
Note: If you purchased your appliance on or after 1 January 2018 and before applications opened, you have 30 days from the date applications opened to submit your application in full - apply by 20 March 2018.
Positive Payback for householdsPositive Payback lets you earn rewards by using energy saving technologies and switching to economy tariffs for air conditioners, pool pumps and hot water systems.
16 February 2018
Lowering your energy usage and considering off-peak options are two of the cheapest and easiest ways to reduce your electricity bill.
Lowering usage also reduces the need for more infrastructure development (e.g. poles and wires) which will help electricity costs for everyone over the long term.
Using less energy also means less pollution and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, so not only will you save money on your energy bills, you will also be helping to save the environment.
This guide has several suggestions for reducing energy costs around your home and business.
How to save
If you're like most households these days, looking at ways to decrease your energy costs, then the Government is offering incentives under the "Affordable Energy Plan"
Affordable Energy Plan: making electricity more affordable
From 1 January 2018, more than $300 million of initiatives will make electricity more affordable for residential and business customers. Under the plan, electricity prices for typical household and small business customers will remain below inflation on average over the next 2 years.
Follow the links below to find out more about the rebates on offer and other plan initiatives.
Help for households
$50 per year electricity rebate
Over the next 2 years, $200 million from the dividends of government-owned corporations are being returned to Queensland households in the form of a $50 per year electricity rebate. Find out more.
Energy efficient appliance rebate
Rebates of up to $300 for eligible energy-efficient appliances ($20 million). Find out more.
Rooftop solar loans and rebatesTo drive the continued uptake of solar, we have allocated $21 million over 3 years in no-interest loans and rebates for Queenslanders purchasing rooftop solar and battery systems. Find out more.
Solar for rental propertiesOften tenants aren’t able to benefit from solar because landlords have little incentive to invest in it. A $4 million trial with up to 1,000 houses will provide incentives for landlords to install solar for their rental tenants.
Extra assistance for regional Queensland customers
EasyPay Rewards for regional Queensland
A rebate for regional households ($75) and small businesses ($120) that register for direct debit and monthly eBilling ($15 million over 3 years). Find out more.
Energy Savvy Families
This program provides digital meters to eligible low-income families in regional Queensland to help them gain a greater understanding of when and how they use their electricity. We are investing a further $4 million to extend the program to a further 4,000 low-income households. Find out more.
Removal of non-reversion policy
Up until recently, regional customers who left Ergon Energy for another electricity retailer were not able to return to Ergon. We are removing this policy for small business customers and households. These customers will be able to return to Ergon if they wish, and take up the EasyPay Rewards plan. Find out more.
Business Energy Savers Program
This $20 million program will benefit agricultural customers and large businesses by expanding existing energy audit programs and funding for energy efficiency upgrades. Find out more.
You can find this information on their website