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Rebate swap for solar and energy efficient upgrades

Up to 30,000 NSW households cut their energy bills, through our energy bill buster package.

One third of NSW residents are currently receiving an energy rebate. If you’re one of them, you may be eligible to swap your rebate for a free solar system or energy efficient upgrades.  

These solar systems and upgrades will help cut your energy bills, unlocking long term energy savings of up to $600 a year. These savings far exceed your annual energy rebate of $285. You will stop receiving this rebate for 10 years from when you participate.

With three offers available, find out which one is right for you.

For homeowners - rebate swap for solar

If you are an eligible homeowner-occupier you can now swap your Low Income Household Rebate for a free, fully installed, 3 kilowatt solar system.

Installing solar gives you access to affordable clean energy, cutting your household electricity bills for years to come.

Check your eligibility for the rebate swap for solar (also known as the solar for low income households offer)

To be eligible, you must:

  • currently receive the Low Income Household Rebate
  • agree not to receive the rebate for ten years
  • hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card
  • own and live in your home
  • not already have a solar PV system.

For more information please read the guidelines or visit the Solar for low income households page.

The offer is currently available in selected locations in NSW. Our delivery partners for the remaining regions of NSW are still being finalised. Please allow at least two months for your application to be processed. 
 


For households not suitable for solar - rebate swap for energy upgrades

If you currently receive a Low Income Household Rebate and are not eligible for our solar offers, you can get a free, no-obligation energy assessment. 

The assessment could help you find ways to cut your energy bill through energy efficient appliances or minor home upgrades. You can then swap your energy rebate for one or more of the recommended upgrades.

These can be valued up to $4,000. 

This offer will help eligible renters, apartment dwellers or social housing tenants identify cost effective ways to reduce bills and improve energy efficiency. The recommended upgrades could include energy efficient dryers, air-conditioners and hot water systems, as well as window shading and draught sealing.

Check your eligibility for the rebate swap for energy upgrades

To be eligible, you must:

  • currently receive the Low Income Household Rebate
  • agree not to receive the rebate for ten years
  • hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card
  • not be eligible or suitable for the rebate swap for solar offer.

The offer will slowly be rolled out to additional concession card holders, including Healthcare Card and Commonwealth Seniors Card holders.

Our delivery partners for this offer are still being finalised. Please allow at least two months for your application to be processed. 

If you have any questions about the offer, please contact us via rebate.swapforenergyupgrades@dpe.nsw.gov.au.
 

For Land and Housing Corporation tenants - rebate swap for solar

If you are an eligible tenant living in a suitable Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) property,  you will soon be able to swap your Low Income Household Rebate for a free, fully installed, solar system. 

This solar system will unlock long term energy savings while you remain a tenant in the property.

Check your eligibility for the rebate swap for solar (LAHC)

To be eligible, you must:

  • live in a suitable LAHC property
  • currently receive the Low Income Household Rebate
  • agree not to receive the rebate while you remain a tenant at the property
  • hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card.

The offer will become available later this year. Stay updated and register your interest by filling in the form below. We will notify you when the offer opens.

Register your interest

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