NSW government has expanded its offer for low-income households in the state to swap their energy rebate for a free, fully installed 3kW rooftop solar system.
The Rebate Swap For Solar offer, announced on Monday, invites eligible households across the state to exchange a payment of $285 a year for long-term savings on their electricity bills of up to $600 a year, generated by rooftop panels.
NSW energy minister Penny Sharpe says more than 2,500 households have taken up the offer, to date, with solar installers UPowr and LECA working with government to supply and install the solar systems.
Sharpe wants more households to check their eligibility and apply.
“The Rebate Swap for Solar offer is an essential part of our plan to reduce the state’s carbon footprint as NSW transitions to a renewable energy-based Net Zero economy,” says Sharpe.
“I strongly encourage households who meet the eligibility criteria to apply straight away, to enjoy free solar and reduce their energy bills.”
Consumer and renewables advocacy group Solar Citizens says the expanded offer will extend the cost savings of solar to more low-income households in NSW, but says more can be done.
“For low-income households with suitable rooftops, solar panels are the best way the government can help them with the cost of living. It provides cleaner, cheaper energy for 10-20 years and returns money to household wallets.
“What’s missing from the NSW government’s recent household announcements is support for batteries to help people use their solar energy in the evening when energy prices are at their peak.
“This lowers costs for both the solar household and the energy grid overall,” Douglas said.