Queensland Solar Rebates 2024 – Incentives, Rebates, and Tariffs
Last updated: January 2024 Reading time: 5 minutes
Queensland has one of the highest rates of residential solar adoption in the country. If you’re looking to join the 37.9% of solar households in Queensland, learn about the incentives, rebates, and grants available to help you save on installation costs.
In this article, we’ll cover the rebates available to Queenslanders, how they work, and how to make your claim. Keep reading, or use one of the links below to jump to the section you’re looking for.
What’s on this page
- What solar rebates are available in QLD?
- The Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme in QLD: How does it work?
- Solar feed-in tariffs in QLD
- Local government solar programs in QLD
- Electric vehicle rebates in QLD
- Next steps
What Solar Rebates Are Available in QLD?
Currently, there are two solar rebates available in Queensland. There’s the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme, run by the federal government, and solar feed-in tariffs.
The Queensland state government has also announced a Battery Booster program to help homeowners install solar batteries for new or existing solar systems. The program is set to launch in early 2024 – we will update this page with details as they become available.
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The Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme in QLD: How Does it Work?
Also known as the “federal government solar rebate,” the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme is a nationwide program that incentivises individuals, families, and small businesses to install small-scale renewable energy systems like household solar.
The rebate is given as Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). When you buy a solar system, you’ll get a certain number of STCs based on the size and location of your system.
STCs work like a currency, representing the amount of power your solar system is expected to generate until 2030. The more renewable energy your system is projected to produce, the more STCs you’ll receive.
The total value of these certificates is the amount you’ll get back as a rebate for your solar panels. This value can be subtracted from the installation cost.
How Much Will the Scheme Save Me in QLD?
The federal solar rebate in Queensland can reduce the cost of your solar panels by up to a third.
The exact amount you’ll receive depends on three factors:
- Where you live in Queensland: Different zones receive different solar ratings, but generally, Queensland enjoys high ratings thanks to its sunny weather.
- How soon you install your new system: The STC rebate is based on how much electricity your system will produce until 2030. This means you’ll receive fewer STCs the longer you wait.
- Your system size: A bigger solar system will produce more energy than a smaller one. So, the larger your system, the more STCs it will receive.
The table below shows the rebate value you can expect for different-sized solar systems in South East Queensland.
How Do I Know if I’m Eligible?
Anyone who installs new solar panels can claim the rebate. System upgrades, panel replacements, and even solar hot water pumps are all eligible. According to the Clean Energy Regulator, 76,656 Queensland homes and small businesses benefited from the scheme in 2022, bringing the total number of homes with rooftop solar in Queensland to 943,601.
To make sure your new solar panels will qualify, follow the steps below:
- Use Clean Energy Council (CEC) approved parts.
- Choose a CEC-accredited installer to perform the installation.
- Install your new solar panels within 12 months of creating the STCs.
- Keep your system under 100kW, with a maximum annual production of 250MWh.
How Do I Apply?
If you meet the criteria, your solar installer will calculate your STC rebate amount and deduct it from your installation cost. You don’t need to do anything extra to claim your incentive!
Solar Feed-in Tariffs in QLD
Another incentive you’ll receive as a Queensland resident is a solar feed-in tariff. But what is a feed-in tariff?
Suppose your solar system produces more energy than you need to power the appliances in your home. In that case, the unused electricity will be exported to the grid. You can claim a payment for every kWh of power you export to the grid. This payment is called a feed-in tariff.
Typically, the rates range from 8c to 12c.
Feed-in Tariffs for South East Queensland
If you live in South East Queensland, your feed-in tariff rate is set by your electricity retailer. The state government sets no minimum rate, meaning retailers offer competitive rates. Also referred to as a market feed-in tariff, this system lets you shop for the best deal.
The Best Solar Feed-in Rates in South East Queensland
The table below shows the best feed-in tariff rates for popular retailers across South East Queensland (updated December 2023), with the minimum and maximum rates on offer.
|The best rates are available to customers who purchase their solar systems through Origin.
|Max feed-in tariff limited to the first 5kWh exported per day.
|10kW max system size.
Feed-in Tariffs for Regional Queensland
The situation is different if you live in regional Queensland. Instead of retailer-led pricing, regional Queenslanders can access a fixed feed-in tariff rate. For the 2023-24 financial year, this is locked in at 13.441 cents per kilowatt hour.
How Do I Claim My Feed-in Tariffs?
To be eligible to receive feed-in tariffs across Queensland, you’ll need to have a grid-connect solar system installed at your home. If you have multiple solar energy systems installed, only one per household is eligible to receive the tariff.
You’ll also need to register with your electricity retailer and give them details of your system, including its size and capacity (max 30kW).
Not all electricity providers offer feed-in tariffs, and some have specific conditions, like limiting eligibility to customers who purchase their solar panels through them.
You’ll receive your feed-in tariffs paid as a credit on your electricity bills.
Local Government Solar Programs in QLD
Often, local governments run their own programs to encourage solar adoption. Check with your local council to see if anything is available in your area.
Electric Vehicle Rebates in QLD
If you’re thinking of switching to an electric vehicle to maximise the benefits of your new solar system, you may want to consider the Queensland Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme.
The program offers a $6000 rebate when you buy a new electric vehicle (EV) with a maximum dutiable value of $68,000. The dutiable value includes the retail price with GST, the delivery and order fees, plus any optional extras or accessories.
Queenslanders who purchased a new EV between 16 March 2022 and 20 April 2023 can also claim the rebate, if the dutiable value of their vehicle was under $58,000.
For small businesses and households with a combined income of $180,000 or more, there’s a $3000 rebate on offer.
You can view all the details or lodge your application at the official program website.
If you’re keen to take advantage of the solar incentives available to Queenslanders, here are some next steps you can take: