Low income NSW households to benefit from new solar installation trial

Ceyda Erem

22 Oct 2019

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To give low income households in New South Wales the chance to cut their energy bills, the Berejiklian government has revealed a new Solar For Low Income Households trial. 

The NSW government will install 3 kilowatt solar systems in up to 3,000 homes across select NSW regions, including the North, Central and South Coast, South Sydney and Illawarra - Shoalhaven. 

According to Energy and Environment Minister, Matt Kean, not only will nominated households save more than $300 on their annual bill, they’ll also be supplying more than 8 megawatts of renewable energy to the grid. 

"For low-income households the cost of buying and installing a rooftop solar system can be prohibitive, so we’ve set up this trial so more of these homeowners can unlock the savings benefit offered by rooftop solar generation,” he said. 

How do I know if I’m eligible? 

Before you rush to submit an application, there are a few eligibility requirements that will need to meet, including: 

- That you are currently receiving the Low Income Household Rebate 

- That you will agree not to get the rebate for ten years

- You hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card

- You own your home 

- You do not live in a retirement village or strata building 

- You do not already own a solar system 

How do I sign up? 

Households who believe they are eligible to take part in the new trial can sign up via the NSW Government website. 

Once your application is received and is approved, your details will be passed onto the solar installer. The installer will then get in touch and assess your home before organising your contract as well as an installation date. 

Then once your solar system is ready to go, you will be removed from the Low Income Household Rebate rebate. 

And if you’re not eligible for the new solar trial, you can still take a step toward a more sustainable future by switching to a GreenPower plan. Find out if there’s a GreenPower plan in your area by heading over to our energy comparison tool

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