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Rebates for solar, batteries and maintenance

Published Date
18/11/2020
News Topic
Sustainability & Environment
Community Sustainable - Rooftop Solar

Are you considering rooftop solar and batteries for your house, unit or business? Or do you know if your current rooftop solar system is working well? 

Randwick Council is offering rebates for rooftop solar, solar batteries and solar health checks as part of Community Sustainable, a program that supports houses, units and businesses in the Randwick local government area to implement energy and water saving initiatives.

Through this program, properties in Randwick can receive up to $3,000 in sustainability rebates for: energy assessments, hot water systems, insulation, lighting, pool pumps, rainwater tanks, rooftop solar, solar batteries, solar health checks and WaterFix®. See our Sustainable Products page for more information about each rebate.


Rooftop Solar Rebate

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Randwick Council is providing a rebate of $100 per kW to a maximum of $1,000 for installing rooftop solar on houses and businesses, and up to $200 per kW to a maximum of $2,000 for installing rooftop solar on units3.

Have you seen your energy bills increase during winter or since you have started working from home? If so, you're not alone. By installing solar you can expect to reduce your electricity bills by 30 to 60%. With these savings, a typical home will recoup the initial investment between 3 to 5 years5. You can maximise these energy bill savings by timing your appliances to run during the day, such as your washing machine or dishwasher.

To be eligible for the rooftop solar rebate, your system must be installed by a Clean Energy Council accredited installer and must include solar energy monitoring. Visit SolarQuotes to find and compare local solar and battery installers6. See Your Guide To Choosing the Best Solar Panels For Your Home for more information or visit Community Sustainable to apply.


Solar Battery Rebate

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Randwick Council is providing a rebate of $100 per kWh to a maximum of $500 for installing solar batteries in houses, units and businesses4.

Solar batteries allows you to store electricity generated by your solar panels for use in the evening. A typical home or business with solar sends any electricity that is not used by the home out to the grid. In return, the household gets paid a feed-in tariff from the electricity retailer.

Once you add a battery system to the solar panels, instead of sending out the excess electricity to the grid, that energy is stored by the battery. You can then use this power when your solar panels are not generating electricity, allowing you to buy much less electricity overall from the grid.

To be eligible for the solar battery rebate, your system must be connected to an existing or new solar PV system, be installed by a Clean Energy Council accredited installer and must include solar energy monitoring. Visit SolarQuotes to find and compare local solar and battery installers6. See Your Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Solar Battery for more information or visit Community Sustainable to apply.


Solar Health Check Rebate

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Randwick Council is providing a rebate of $100 for solar health checks in houses, units and businesses.

Rooftop solar systems require very little cleaning and maintenance as there are no moving parts (which means less wear and tear). However, it is still wise to consider a solar health check every 5 years or so to ensure you solar panels continue to work safely, efficiently and effectively. This can be especially effective if you believe your system is underperforming or may have been damaged.

To be eligible for the solar health check rebate, the check must be provided by the Australian Energy Foundation or another licenced professional (approved by Council on a case-by-case basis). Visit SolarQuotes to find and compare local solar and battery installers6. See Why are solar health checks important? for more information or visit Community Sustainable to apply.


What other rebates are available?

See our Sustainable Products page for more information about each rebate.

Who can apply for Sustainability Rebates?

Houses, units1 and businesses 2 located within the Randwick local government area are eligible to apply for Sustainability Rebates.

What is the maximum Sustainability Rebate?

Properties in Randwick can receive up to the following rebate amounts each financial year:

What is the application process?

The Sustainability Rebates application process involves four key steps:

  1. Submit an Eligibility Form
    Ensure that your sustainable product matches the eligibility criteria (see Sustainable Products) and that a quote is  attached which is dated after 11 November 2020.
  2. Purchase your Sustainable Product
    If your Eligibility Form is approved by Council, you can then purchase your sustainable product.
  3. Submit a Proof of Purchase Form
    Once your sustainable product has been purchased, submit the Proof of Purchase form and attach: a post- installation photo (if applicable) and a copy of the invoice from your sustainable product provider.
  4. Receive your Sustainability Rebate
    If your Proof of Purchase form is approved by Council, you will receive your Sustainability Rebate via electronic bank transfer.

Quotes must be attached to Eligibility Forms. You can request a quote from the Australian Energy Foundation or from any Clean Energy Council accredited installer. Visit SolarQuotes to find and compare local solar and battery installers6. Council recommends requesting minimum of two quotes.

Visit our Application Process page for more information.

Where can I apply?

Visit Community Sustainable to apply!


1 Units refers to all types of multi-unit dwellings such as apartments and townhouses.

2 Applies to businesses which use less than 275 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per day only.

3 kW (kilowatt) is a measurement of a rooftop solar systems size.

4 kWh (kilowatt-hour) is a measurement of a battery’s storage capacity.

5 www.aef.com.au

6 Please note that this is not an official endorsement of SolarQuotes as a service provider to seek solar quotes.

Visit Community Sustainable for a full copy of terms and conditions.

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