Federal Government Solar Battery and Panel Rebate

Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten has recently announced a pre-election promise to provide Australian households with solar battery and panel rebates if they win the 2019 Federal Election. 

One of the sunniest countries in the world but homeowners are struck with some of the highest prices for energy, solar makes sense in Australian homes. By capturing the sun during the day and using this energy to power household appliances, households can reduce their demand on energy from the grid while the sun is out and the solar is generating energy.

… $200 million Federal rebate program will be to the value of up to $2,000 for installing an eligible solar battery system

Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition has recently announced a Federal solar battery rebate for 100,000 eligible households around Australia to install a solar battery to their solar PV system. The $200 million Federal rebate program will be to the value of up to $2,000 for installing an eligible solar battery system and hopes to triple the number of households in Australia with battery storage.

Many state governments around Australia have recently realised that most households, whilst have the strong intention on installing solar technology to reduce their energy bills, cannot afford the upfront payment required to install a solar PV system. This hurdle has caused many households to endure the pressure and stress of high energy bills. Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have all implemented solar panel rebate or subsidy schemes to reduce the cost and make solar a more attainable household asset.

… Labor Party have also promised to further this rebate to help Australians install solar panel systems. 

To supplement their pre-election solar battery rebate promise, the Labor Party have also promised to further this rebate to help Australians install solar panel systems. This $100 million dollar Federal solar panel program hopes to help Australians adopt solar panel technology in the home and reduce their dependence on the overwhelmed energy grid during the day.

When the sun goes down, the solar system finishes its daily cycle. This is solar’s greatest dilemma. Most home dwellers are out of the house during the day; whether it be at work, school, out with friends, leisure activities etc. meaning that if you have a solar PV system, the energy is powering the loads in the house and then getting sent to the grid. The recent and extremely prevalent reduction of feed-in tariffs mean that this energy being sent to the grid is worth a lot less than it used to be.

Depending on your household’s demand on energy in the evening, will determine the size battery that fits your needs.

Solar battery storage stores solar energy not used by the home during the day and powers the household in the evening when everyone returns from their day. Battery storage powers normal household appliances such as your refrigerator, internet, TV, washing machine, dryer, pool pump etc. Depending on your household’s demand on energy in the evening, will determine the size battery that fits your needs.

There are modular battery storage solutions available that not only allow you to store your energy during the day but also build your storage capacity up when you need to. By doing so, if your household were to grow, so too can your solar battery size too. And of course, there are large-sized batteries available to suit large solar PV systems.