Federal Rebates

Home Sustainability Assessments -  get a certified Assessor to visit your home free of charge.
Interest-Free Green Loans
-  up to $10,000 interest-free loan, to be discontinued as of 22nd March 2010.
Ceiling Insulation
-  discontinued until further notice.
Rainwater & Greywater -  up to $500 rebates for installation of rainwater tanks or greywater system
Solar Hot Water
– $1000 rebate on solar hot water, when switching from electric – or $600 for a heat pump
Australian Solar Credits Scheme
-  Solar Credits offered through RECs for solar PV systems installed.
RECs
-  Renewable Energy Certificates

Home Sustainability Assessments

Through the Green Loans Program, householders are able to access a free, comprehensive Home Sustainability Assessment to reduce their energy and water bills, increase the comfort of their home and help reduce damaging carbon pollution.

This independent assessment by a qualified expert assessor will provide advice from the smallest behaviour change to major investments such as a solar hot water system or photovoltaic panels.

What will you get?

From this assessment, householders get a tailored, expert report listing the most effective changes for their home.

What is involved?

The assessment involves the physical inspection of major energy and water systems relating to thermal comfort, water heating, lighting, refrigeration, cooking, entertainment, water efficiency and outdoor consumption, and waste management.

The data is entered into a sophisticated assessment software tool to allow environmental impact calculations.

How long does it take?

The length of the inspection is influenced by the amount of information readily available, the size of the property and the number of energy and water systems to be considered.

Each assessment should take less than 1.5 hours to complete.

Who is eligible?

An applicant must be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident and/or an Australian registered charity
  • The dwelling owner, a trustee or renter listed on lease
  • Have an income below $250,000

The house/property being assessed must:

  • Be in Australia or its territories and be a primary place of residence
  • Have been completed and occupied for at least 12 months (not necessarily by the applicant)

How to apply?

Step 1: Book an Free Assessment with Ecovise online or call (02) 8090 5411

Step 2: One of our qualified and friendly Assessors will contact you to arrange your free home consultation.

Step 3: An Ecovise Assessor will inspect your energy and water systems, your building structure, and chat to you about your current practices and behaviours.

Step 4: You will receive a customised Report making specific recommendations, and quantifying the estimated reduction to your power bill, that each action would save you.

Deadline for application
Assessments are available until funding for 960,000 home assessments is exhausted (expected by the end of the year).

Need More Help?

If you have any further questions call us on (02) 8090 5411 and our friendly team will be able to help you.

Or simply book in your FREE Home Sustainability Assessment and an Assessor will be happy to answer any questions you have in the comfort of your own home. Call (02) 8090 5411 or click below to book online.

Factsheets/Guidelines and Forms

Frequently Asked Questions - Home Sustainability Assessments

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Interest-Free Green Loans

News Update

Interest-Free Green Loan to discontinue as of 22nd March – Federal funds to be re-channeled into an extra 600,000 Free Home Eco-Assessments.

The Green Loans Program assists Australian families to install solar, water saving, and energy efficient products.

Green Loans has two main components of support:

  1. a free Home Sustainability Assessment and report (valued at over $250); and
  2. access to a Green Loans subsidy provided to participating financial institutions to cover up to four years interest for borrowing of up to $10,000, to implement changes recommended in the assessment report.

Many households who take up a Home Sustainability Assessment may be interested in taking out a loan to undertake the home improvements suggested in the assessment report.

To assist these households, the Australian Government has lowered the cost of finance by providing a loan subsidy to participating financial institutions.

This subsidy covers the interest on borrowing of up to $10,000 for a period of up to four years.

The household can choose which participating bank, credit union or building society they wish to apply for a loan with.

Participating financial institutions have agreed to national requirements for passing on the subsidy. This agreement includes safeguards to ensure that the full subsidy is passed on to the household through reduced cost finance.

Participating financial institutions

The following financial institutions have signed a Deed of Agreement with the Australian Government to develop Green Loans products.

Participating Lenders

Note: You are not obligated to take out a loan, or make changes to your home

Who is eligible?

A Green Loans applicant must:

  • Have undertaken a home sustainability assessment.
  • Satisfy the lending criteria of a participating Green Loans program financial provider.

The Green Loan must be for:

  • Actions recommended in the home sustainability assessment report as provided by an accredited assessor.
  • The house/property listed on the report.

Full eligibility criteria can be found in the Green Loans Program Guidelines below.

How to apply?

Step 1: Register for a free home sustainability assessment at no cost to you.

Click here to register online or call 02 8090 5411.

Step 2: Receive your tailored home sustainability assessment report outlining

  • The best water and energy saving changes your can make to your property;
  • Options to consider for purchase of energy and water saving devices; and
  • Practical information to help you get started.

The assessment is valid for six months.

Step 3: Choose your home sustainability actions:

With your assessment report in hand, you can make water and energy saving changes as simple or as large scale as you like as your sustainable home assessment report is the first step to qualifying for an interest free green loan of up to $10,000.

Only one Green Loan can be provided per assessment report but the loan can support many individual actions.

Step 4: Contact a participating Green Loans partner financial institutions to apply for a loan.

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Ceiling Insulation

As from 19th February 2010, a new household Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme was introduced, to replace the existing Insulation Rebate.

However, as from 22nd April 2010, the Government has decided it will not proceed with the insulation component of the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme (REBS). The insulation component of the REBS was due to commence on 1 June 2010.

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National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative

Rebates of up to $500 are available to households for either:

  • The purchase and installation of a new rainwater tank which is connected for internal reuse of the water for toilet and/or laundry use; or
  • The purchase and installation of a permanent greywater treatment system.
System Rebate Amount
Rainwater tank(s)* 2,000 – 3,999 litres $400
Rainwater tank(s) 4,000 litres or larger $500
Permanent greywater treatment system $500

* The capacity may be reached by installing two or more smaller tanks.

Who is eligible?

The applicant must:

  • be the owner of the dwelling where the rainwater tank or greywater system has been installed;
  • be the purchaser of the rainwater tank or greywater system; and
  • submit the completed application form and a copy of the proof of purchase (i.e. a receipt) within six (6) months of the date of purchase of the rainwater tank or greywater system.

The dwelling where the rainwater tank or greywater system has been installed must:

  • be an existing dwelling (not under construction);
  • not have had a rebate claimed through this program before;
  • be a principal place of residence that is not owned by a government authority; and
  • be connected to mains water supply.

The rainwater tank or greywater system must:

  • be installed by a licensed plumber;
  • be brand new (i.e. not second hand) and purchased after 30 January 2009;
  • be plumbed in;
  • meet relevant standards and government requirements such as local building restrictions and regulations; and
  • be fully operational.

How to apply?

To claim a rebate you will need to complete the application form (attached below) with a copy of proof of purchase for the rainwater tank or greywater system.

A licensed plumber is required to install the rainwater tank or greywater system, and must certify the following on the application form:

  • size of rainwater tank(s) (if applicable);
  • that the greywater treatment system is of an eligible type (if applicable);
  • that the rainwater tank or greywater system meets all relevant standards and government requirements; and
  • that the rainwater tank or greywater system is plumbed in and fully operational.

Deadline for application/Program
Applicants must apply for the rebate within six months of purchasing an eligible rainwater tank or greywater system. Applications will not be accepted after 31 March 2014.

Factsheets/Guidelines and Forms

Frequently Asked Questions – National Rainwater and Greywater Rebate

National Rainwater and Greywater Program Guidelines & Application

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Solar Hot Water

Water heating is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions from the average Australian home, accounting for around 25 per cent of home energy use (excluding the family car). Installing a climate friendly hot water system can save a family up to $700 off their energy bills each year.

As from 19th February 2010, a new household Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme has been introduced, to replace the existing Solar Hot Water Rebate.

This new Scheme will replace the Solar Hot Water Rebate Programwhich has been discontinued.

Under the household Renewable Energy Bonus scheme households will be able to receive a rebate for the installation of a solar hot water system or a heat pump.

$1000 rebates will be available for solar hot water systems, and $600 rebates for heat pumps systems.

The new rebate for solar hot water systems and heat pumps will be available for systems installed from 19th February, 2010.

Transitional Arrangements for those that ordered their Hot Water System before 20th February 2010

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Australian Solar Credits Scheme

The Australian Solar Credits Scheme is designed to support Australians who install rooftop solar panels. It’s a non-means tested program that can offer over $7,000 in solar credits through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

Through Solar Credits, households installing rooftop solar panels can receive five times as many RECs for each megawatt-hour of solar energy produced by their solar panels. For example, based on a REC price of $40, a 1.5 kilowatt solar panel system installed in Sydney would receive $6200. Based on a REC price of $50, the same system would receive $7750.

Solar credits are applicable when you install small-scale solar systems such as household solar panels or photovoltaic systems, it also applies to small-scale wind and micro hydro-electricity systems. The solar credit value is based on the size and location of the installation

Eligibility

  • Solar credits are available for eligible systems installed after 9th June 2009
  • The Solar Credits Scheme is open to home owners, small businesses and community groups
  • There is no means testing for Solar Credits
  • Solar credits will apply to the first 1.5 kilowatts (kW) of capacity installed. Generation from capacity above 1.5 kW will still be eligible for the standard 1:1 rate of REC creation.

Agent Assistance vs Individual Trading:

A majority of householders find it convenient to assign their rights to create RECs at the point of purchase to a registered agent. A registered agent will:

  • Determine whether your system is eligible.
  • Determine for you how many RECs your entitled to.
  • Offer a financial benefit to you. This may be in the form of a cash payment or discount to your system.

If your system is installed on or after 9 June 2009 it may be eligible for additional RECs under Solar Credits. The multiplication for additional RECs under Solar Credits is as follows.

Installation Period Multiplication
9 June 2009 – 30 June 2010 5 x
1 July 2010 – 30 June 2011 5 x
1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012 5 x
1 July 2012 – 30 June 2013 4 x
1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014 3 x
1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015 2 x

If you would like to determine the approximate number of RECs that your system could receive under the RET the REC Registry contains a Small Generation Unit REC Calculator.

Visit – Small Generation Unit REC Calculator

It is important to note that agents list different prices and payment processes for RECs. After buying the RECs from you the agent will register your RECs and usually bundle them with other small generation unit and solar water heater RECs for sale and transfer in the REC Registry.

  • The Office of Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) recommends that SGU owners contact a range of agents before entering into any contractual agreement.
    Visit – List of registered agents

Before entering into any contractual arrangement to assign your right to create RECs:

  • Make sure you are satisfied with the financial benefit and the date of payment the agent is offering for your RECs.
  • Check that details are recorded in writing through a REC assignment form that should be provided by your agent.

If you experience a delay in receiving payment for your RECs contact the agent you have agreed to sell them to.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • the small generation unit in respect of which the certificates are created is installed at eligible premises between 9 June 2009 and 30 June 2015.
  • at the time the small generation unit is installed at the eligible premises, there is no pre-approval or funding agreement in force in respect of the unit under the Solar Homes and Communities Plan (SHCP), the Renewable Remote Power Generation (RRPGP), or the National Solar Schools Program (NSSP) and no financial assistance has been provided in respect of the unit under the SHCP, the RRPGP or the NSSP.
  • at the time the small generation unit is installed at the eligible premises, financial assistance under the SHCP, the Photovoltaic Rebate Programme (PVRP), the RRPGP or the NSSP has not been approved or provided in respect of any other small generation unit at the eligible premises.
  • the small generation unit is a new and complete unit. A system is a complete unit if:
    • the unit is capable of generating electricity in a form that is usable at the eligible premises where it is installed without the need for an additional part or parts to be added to or incorporated into the unit.
    • the unit is wired directly to the eligible premises where the unit is installed so that its output is capable of being metered at the premises or the unit includes a meter that is dedicated to measuring the electricity output of the unit.
  • at the time the small generation unit is installed at eligible premises, certificates have not been multiplied in respect of any small generation unit at the premises and:
    • on one occasion only, irrespective of whether the certificates are created for a 1-year, 5-year or 15-year period; and
    • only if the certificates relate to the first 1.5 kW of the rated power output of the unit.

Individual Trading – You can create the RECs yourself. Find a buyer then sell and transfer them in the REC Registry.  More details on the process see here http://www.orer.gov.au/sgu/index.html

Deadline for application/program

Solar Credits will apply from 9 June 2009 and will be phased out by 2015-16. This recognises that technology costs are going down and the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme will also be providing incentives for renewable technologies.

Factsheets/Guidelines and Forms

Solar Credits FAQ

RET process for Owners of Small Generation Units

SGU Owner Fact Sheet

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Renewable Energy Certificates

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are an electronic form of currency representing blocks of energy from renewable sources. If you install a qualifying system such as solar hot water system or solar panels you are entitled to a fixed number of RECs which will enable you to save a significant amount of money on your purchase.

RECs were introduced to encourage renewable energy generation in order to meet the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The Government’s current target requires an additional 45,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) generation of renewable energy per year by 2020. This will represent 20% of energy from renewable sources for Australia’s electricity supply.

In essence the RET scheme places a legal liability on wholesale purchasers of electricity to proportionally contribute to the RET target. These entities are required to purchase RECs and surrender them to their holding account at the end of each year so that it meets 20% of their market share. On the other hand renewable energy providers, owners of solar water heaters and SGU’s (small generation units) such as solar panels, and Agents of solar water heaters/SGU’s (e.g solar product retailers) are able to create, sell and transfer RECs on this market.

What does this mean to you?

When you purchase a qualifying SGU such as a solar hot water system or solar panels you will have the opportunity to create and sell/transfer RECs for a financial benefit.

The options available to you are;

  1. Sell the RECs on an open market, as an individual trader, to receive cash
  2. Assign your RECs to an Agent and receive a point of sale discount when you purchase a qualifying system.
  3. Or you can choose not to use your RECs to receive a financial benefit in which case they will not be traded (you might do this if you want to encourage additional generation of electricity from renewable sources)

Frequently Asked Questions – RECs

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