Solar Hot Water Rebate
Rebates of up to $1000 are now available to install solar hot water systems and up to $600 for heat pumps installed to replace electric storage hot water systems in existing privately owned homes. The rebate is offered for systems installed after February 19 2010 until March 2012 and applies throughout Australia.
The rebate is offered through the Medicare system rather than as a point of sale discount through the Clean Energy Centre or any other reseller of Solar Hot Water and Heat Pump systems.
Please note 1/. – The Solar Hot Water Rebate is only available for replacement of electric storage hot water systems. This rebate does not apply to the replacement of a gas hot water system.
Please Note 2/.
- Purchasers of Solar Hot Water systems and Heat Pump systems are also eligible to obtain an additional point-of-sale discount through the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) scheme. Learn more about RECs for Solar Hot Water....
To be eligible for the rebate, the system must be a solar or heat pump hot water system that is eligible for at least 20 Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) at the time and place of installation. You can check the REC information for each system via the Australia Government’s register of Solar Hot Water heaters
or contact a friendly Clean Energy Centre Consultant.
The Solar Hot Water or Heat Pump system must be installed by a suitably qualified person (for example an electrician or plumber).
The dwelling where the hot water system is installed must be a principal place of residence.
Rebates are only available to people who have not previously received assistance to install ceiling insulation
through the Home Insulation Program or the Homeowner Insulation Program at the address the Solar Hot Water system or the Heat Pump hot Water system is to be installed.
Applicants must apply for the rebate within 6 months of the Heat Pump or Solar Hot Water system being installed.
People who are renting are also eligible for the rebate, however the system should not be installed without approval of the landlord. Investment properties are also eligible as long as they are the principle residence of the owner or of a renter.
Solar Hot Water systems installed on new houses are not eligible for the rebate, however Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) accompany most Solar Hot Water systems and can provide a discount of over $1,000 on the upfront cost of the average Solar Hot Water system.
Applying for the rebate is straightforward and simple:
- You can only apply for the rebate after the system has been installed.
- The rebate is not available as a point of sale discount nor can a retailer, installer or commercial business apply for the rebate on behalf of their customers.
- To claim a rebate, you need to submit an application using the application form below.
- You have up to two months (62 days) after an eligible system is installed to submit an application form.
- Please attach a copy of your purchase receipts which clearly indicates that you have installed a solar or heat pump hot water system with the application. No other supporting documentation is required.
- You are required to agree that, if requested, you will provide evidence to support claims made in the application as part of an audit process to ensure you meet the program guidelines. For example allowing an authorised inspector access to your system.
- You should allow eight weeks for the application to be processed.
For more information on applying for the rebate, please review Federal Government Department of Climate Change website