The Berejiklian Government’s Solar for Low Income Households Trial, first announced last year, is now under way.
The trial involves eligible low-income households in selected regions of the state choosing to swap their Low Income Household Rebate for ten years for a solar power system.
It will provide 3,000 households with a 3kW solar power system
The regions where the program will operate are:
- Central Coast
- North Coast
- Sydney – South
- Illawarra – Shoalhaven
- South Coast
Among the other eligibility criteria, applicants must:
- hold a valid Pensioner Concession or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold card.
- own their home.
- not have a solar power system already installed.
- not live in a retirement village or strata building.
- use at 3,600 kilowatt- hours of electricity in a year.
Participants will miss out on receiving their Low Income Household Rebate for 10 years, which is currently a $285 annual discount on their electricity bills. However, the New South Wales Government says the average electricity bill savings from the solar systems are expected to be approximately $600 per household per year. That seems a bit conservative for a 3kW system, but it is an average and the level of savings will vary depending on installation specifics and household energy consumption profile.