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					The Australian Government's Solar Hot Water Rebate Program

The current Solar hot water rebate program for financial year 2009 offers a $1600
rebate for the installation of solar hot water systems.

The rebate can be collected once the installation has been finished, if the household
meets the necessary requirements stated below.

The Solar hot water system is a substitute for a previous electric heating system

The application and the installation process has taken place within the dates the rebate
is offered

The household is a principle place of residence

The Solar or heat pump hot water system is be eligible for minimum 20 Renewable
Energy Certificates (RECs)

A licensed plumber/electrician is consulted for the installation

Once the system is installed, the applicant has up to six months to submit the
application form with the purchase receipt attached to it.

The Mandatory renewable energy target scheme was created by the Australian
Government to mandate energy retailers to the usage of renewables. Each solar
heating system is accredited a certain number of RECs depending on how effective it
is and in which of the four climate zones you reside in. Each zone is associated with a
number of post codes ranging across the whole continent.

When the system is in use, you will receive your REC's that you are then able to sell
to energy retailers. The market value of RECs is subject to variation . Depending on
the current market conditions and the performance of the unit installed, this often
amounts to $1000 or more.

It is important that you determine how many RECs the solar water heater is entitled to
before installing, so that you know you are actually eligible of the rebate

 Solar hot water in the Australian states

 ACT

The ACT Energy Wise program, run by the ACT Government, offers rebates to
houseowners or tenants that do energy saving improvements for at least $2000 to their
residence. This includes everything from insulation, inserting double glazed windows
to the installation of solar, gas or electric heat pump water heating systems.

Only the first $1000 of the cost of the installation of the water heating system (which
replaces the existing electric heating system) can be used to calculate the $2000 to be
used on improvements. This means that to receive the rebate, the householder needs
to spend another $1000 on additional energy savings. Read the terms and conditions
very carefully, making sure that the system you are installing is eligible for the rebate.
Please see Home Energy Audit Terms and Conditions.

In addition, to be eligible the rebate of $500 the householder/tenant must:

Have an energy audit by HEAT ($30) (Ph 02 6260 6165 or email: info@heat.net.au).

Be able to give detailed information about the residence's energy usage during the
past year.

Be able to show receipts from the renovations and improvements made.

Lodge the application with attached receipts within six months after the energy audit.

Not have received any other rebate under another program.

 New South Wales

The NSW Residential rebate program , running from 01/10 2007 to 30/06 2009, offers
all house owners in NSW a rebate on systems that are replacing existing electric hot
water system.

The more efficient the system is (emitting less Greenhouse gas), the more RECs is the
system eligible, which generates a bigger rebate.

Solar or heat pump hot water system, eligible for:

Rebate in $

20-27 RECs

600

28-35 RECs

800

36-43 RECs
1000

44
1200

5-star
300

 Northern Territory

Power and Water Corporation, the principal water and electricity supplier in the
Northern Territory, offers an REC buyback scheme on installations of solar water
heaters.. The buyback must be applied for and assigned less than one year after the
installation .

 Queensland

The Queensland Government's Solar hot water rebate scheme finished on 30 June
2005.

No state rebates are offered at the present, however the Queensland government in
2007 announced the phasing-out of electric hot water systems commencing in 2010.
From 2010, Queenslanders who need to replace their household hot water system due
to breakdown will no longer be able to install electric systems, and will instead have
to choose from gas, solar or heat pump options. Prior to this, the Queensland
government had already banned the installation of electric hot water systems in newly
constructed houses; a law which came into effect on 1 March 2006.

The Brisbane City Council offered a rebate of $400 from 30 August 2008 to 1 June
2009. This program is now over.

 South Australia

In accordance with the South Australian Government rebate scheme , starting
2008-07-01, anyone who is installing or replacing a water heater must install a
low-greenhouse one. The rebate scheme is aiming towards giving less fortunate
people a financial incentive to the use of gas, heat pump or solar energy to heat water.

To be eligible for the $500 rebate, the householder has to hold at least one of the
following concession cards:

Centrelink Health Care Card
Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card

DVA Gold Card Totally and Permanently Incapacitated

DVA Gold Card - War Widow

DVA - Extreme Disablement Adjustment

Following to the installation, the householder has up to three months to send in the
application to receive the rebate if the below criteria is met.

The water heating system does not replace existing one:

New system

No natural or LPG gas access

Gas access (natural or LPG)

Gas solar

Yes

Yes

Electric solar or heat pump

Yes

No

Electric or gas storage/instantaneous

No

No

The water heating system does replace existing one:

New system

Gas

Solar gas
Electric element/solar, heat pump

Other types (oil, combustion)

Gas solar

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electric solar or heat pump

No

No

Yes

Yes

Electric or gas storage/instantaneous

No

No

No

No

 Tasmania

No Rebates other than the Federal Government's are offered by the Tasmanian
Government at the moment.

 Victoria

Sustainability Victoria solar hot water program, sponsored by the Victorian
government, offers rebates to householders who have installed a system abides that
the following criteria:

Acts as a replacement of a natural gas or LPG water heater with a gas-boosted
solar-system

Is a solar driven pre-heater, which is additional to an existing natural gas of LPG
water heating system

Is a retrofit kit, which is additional to an existing electric water heater

New houses and buildings can get a rebate by selling the RECs their system is eligible.
The Commonwealth government is also offering a $1000 rebate to the replacement of
electric water heating.

Residential and community buildings:

Installation situation

VIC gov rebate $4801500

Commonwealth Gov rebate $1000

RECs eligible

Replacing natural gas or LPG WH w/ gas-boosted solar system

Yes

No

Yes

Installing SWH as preheater to an existing natural gas or LPG WH

Yes

No

No

Adding solar panels to an existing off-peak electric WH either with a pump or by
thermosiphon as a retrofit kit

Yes
No

No

Replacing a wood or briquette WH w/ gas-boosted or electric solar system

Yes

No

Yes

Replacing an electric WH w/ gas-boosted or electric solar system

No

Yes

Yes

New homes and buildings installing a gas-boosted or electric solar system

No

No

Yes

Existing buildings requiring a custom designed system for a large hot water load

Yes

No

No

Commercial buildings:

Installation situation

VIC gov rebate $4801500

Commonwealth Gov rebate $1000
RECs eligible

New or existing building installing SHW

No

No

Yes

 Western Australia

By installing an environmentally friendly, gas-boosted solar water heater that replaces
a previous water electric heating system, you are eligible of the Government of
Western Australia rebate .

System

Rebate in $

Natural gas-boosted solar water heaters

500

Bottled LP gas-boosted solar water heaters used in areas without reticulated gas

700

 See also

Energy portal

Australia portal

Environment portal

Photovoltaics

Photovoltaic and renewable energy engineering in Australia

Renewable energy commercialisation in Australia

Solar power
Solar power station in Victoria

Wind power in Australia

Solar power plants in Central Australia

Solar Cities in Australia

Mitigation of global warming in Australia

 References

This page may also be able to help find problematic links. Several templates are
available for formatting.?(June 2008)

^     http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/www/html/1376-solar-hot-water-rebate.asp
dateaccessed=4 Aug 2008

^ Lovegrove, Keith and Dennis, Mike. Solar thermal energy systems in Australia
International Journal of Environmental Studies, Vol. 63, No. 6, December 2006, p.
793.

^ Energy use in the Australian residential sector 1986-2020, Department of the
Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008

^ http://www.environment.gov.au/settlements/renewable/solarhotwater/ Retrieved =
14 December 2008

^ http://www.environment.gov.au/settlements/renewable/solarhotwater/ Solar hot
water rebate program

^ The Mandatory renewable energy target

^ http://www.hillssolar.com/arbitrage/pages/88 Hills solar

^
http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticle.aspx?id=100954&catId=100519&tid=100008
Choice

^ http://www.orer.gov.au/publications/swh.html The Office of the Renewable Energy
Regulator

^ a b http://www.heat.net.au/pdf/ACT_Energy_Wise_terms&conditions.pdf The Act
energy wise program

^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/rebates/ccfhws.htm The NSW Residential
rebate program

^                                      a                                      b
http://www.powerwater.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/3741/Renewable_Energy
_Certificate_REC_Buyback_Scheme_for_Hot_Water_System_-_February_2009_-_A
pplication_form_-_Web_PDF.pdf

^
http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/environmental_management/sustainability/energy/solar_ho
t_water_rebate_scheme_shwrs/ Solar Hot Water Rebate Scheme in QLD

^         http://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/library/pdf/climate/ElectricAugust07.pdf
Queensland Government: Replacement of electric hot water systems with
greenhouse-friendly systems

^ a b http://www.dtei.sa.gov.au/energy/rebates_and_grants/solar_hot_water.html
South Australian Government rebate scheme

^
http://www.dtei.sa.gov.au/energy/government_programs/water_heater_standards.html
New Performance Standards for Domestic Water Heater Installations

^
http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/resources/documents/070801_SV_Solar_Hot_Wa
ter_Guidelines_Metro_RS_v51.pdf Sustainability Victoria

^   http://www1.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au/pages/subsidy.asp      Sustainable    Energy
Development Office

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