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Renewable Energy Grants in Australia

Some excellent links to more info on various alternative energy supplies in Australia: http://www.seda.nsw.gov.au/ren_links_body.asp

I suggest also you ask the various departments linked below of they have any other grant programs. Both the  Photovoltaic Rebate Program and the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program are Commonwealth funded and so should be available in ALL states.


Western Australia

Photovoltaic Rebate Program: The Residential Photovoltaic Rebate Program (PVRP) provides funding to assist in the purchase of photovoltaic (PV or solar) power systems serving households. Funding is available both for systems which are connected to the electricity grid and for stand-alone systems.

For new PV systems, rebates of $5.00 per rated Watt of installed PV modules are available, up to a maximum of $7,500 for a 1,500W system. For the addition of PV to existing systems, the rebate level is $2.50 per rated Watt, up to a maximum of $2,500 for a 1,000W addition. New PV systems are defined as including new PV modules, new regulator, new batteries and new inverter, as required for grid-connect or stand-alone systems.

The PVRP only provides funding towards the PV component of systems. Additional equipment such as batteries, inverters and charge regulators will be required, but rebates are not available for these items.

See: http://www1.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au/pvrpres.asp

Renewable Remote Power Generation Program - Household RAPS Program: The Household Remote Area Power System (RAPS) Program provides a rebate of 55% of the cost of renewable energy systems replacing diesel generation in off-grid areas of WA. This program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, under the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program, and by the State Government. This program is proposed to run for 4 years starting from 1 July 2001.

See: http://www1.sedo.energy.wa.gov.au/rapshous.asp


Australian Capital Territory

Photovoltaic Rebate Program: Under the Photovoltaic Rebate Program cash rebates are available to householders who install grid connected or stand alone photovoltaic systems. The rebates are available at the rate of $5.00 per watt peak of photovoltaic capacity, up to a maximum of 1500 Watts (ie maximum rebate of $7,500).

See: http://www.mba.org.au/eas/PhotovoltaicRebateProgram.asp


South Australia

Photovoltaic Rebate Program: Under the Photovoltaic Rebate Program cash rebates are available to householders who install grid connected or stand alone photovoltaic systems. The rebates are available at the rate of $5.00 per watt peak of photovoltaic capacity, up to a maximum of 1500 Watts (ie maximum rebate of $7,500).

See: http://www.sustainable.energy.sa.gov.au/dhtml/ss/section.php?sectID=75&tempID=10

Renewable Remote Power Generation: The rebate covers up to 50% of the costs associated with the installation of a renewable energy generator. The largest available rebate under either the Pastoral Properties and Homestead Scheme or Tourist Facilities, Roadhouses and Other Scheme is $50,000.

See: http://www.sustainable.energy.sa.gov.au/dhtml/ss/section.php?sectID=77&tempID=10


Queensland

Photovoltaic Rebate Program: Under the Photovoltaic Rebate Program cash rebates are available to householders who install grid connected or stand alone photovoltaic systems. The rebates are available at the rate of $5.00 per watt peak of photovoltaic capacity, up to a maximum of 1500 Watts (ie maximum rebate of $7,500).

See: http://www.env.qld.gov.au/sustainable_energy/rers/pvrp.htm

Renewable Energy Diesel Replacement Scheme: A rebate of up to 50% of the cost of installing renewable energy equipment/systems that reduces or augments diesel use for electricity generation in off-grid areas. Eligible renewable energy technologies include solar, hydro, wind, biomass, and any other technology using a renewable energy source. The REDRS applies to domestic and commercial installations. A nominal cap of $150 000 rebate applies to domestic installations. For other installations, rebates in-excess of $500 000 require special approval.

See: http://www.env.qld.gov.au/sustainable_energy/rers/redrs.htm

Working Property Rebate Scheme: Rebates will be paid at a rate of up to 65 percent of the capital cost of renewable energy components (maximum $175,000), with up to 50 percent from the Commonwealth (maximum $150,000) and up to 15 percent from the EPA (maximum $25,000).

See: http://www.env.qld.gov.au/sustainable_energy/rers/wprs.htm

Renewable Energy Pumping Scheme: From 22 November 2001 - the rebate under the REPS is up to 50% of the cost of installing renewable energy pumping systems aimed at reducing or augmenting diesel use for water pumping in off-grid areas. Eligible renewable energy technologies include solar (minimum of 450 watts for fixed systems or 300 watts for tracking systems) and wind. Installation costs are not eligible for rebate. The REPS applies to agricultural pumping systems (pumping systems for non-agricultural purposes will be considered on a case by case). A nominal cap of $5,000 rebate applies per property with one system rebateable per property.

See: http://www.env.qld.gov.au/sustainable_energy/rers/reps.htm

For an overview in Queensland see: http://www.env.qld.gov.au/sustainable_energy/rers/index.htm


New South Wales

30% Off Rooftop Solar Panels: Rebates are based on the number of solar power panels installed. Each panel comes with a manufacturer's rating in watts, which indicates how much electricity it can produce. Rebates are calculated on a per-watt basis. As a rough guide, a 1,000W (1kW) solar power system will produce approximately 1,200kWh (units) of electricity and the owner would be entitled to a rebate of between $2,400 - $5,000.

See: http://www.seda.nsw.gov.au/ren_cashbackoffer.asp


Northern Territory

Photovoltaic Rebate Program: The Commonwealth Government has introduced the Photovoltaic Rebate Program (PVRP) to encourage the long-term use of photovoltaic technology to generate electricity from sunlight to increase the use of renewable energy in Australia. The PVRP rebate for householders installing systems is based on the peak PV output of the new PV component of the system. The minimum system size is 450-Watt peak output. There is no maximum size, although the rebate of $5.00 per peak watt (ppW) for new systems is capped at $7,500 (or 1.5kW) for each installation. Extensions to existing PV systems can receive rebates of $2.50 ppW capped at $2,500 (1.0kW).

See: http://www.dme.nt.gov.au/dmemain/index1.htm?energy/renewables/renewable4.html

Renewable Energy Rebate Program: The Department is implementing the Renewable Energy Rebate Program in the Territory. The Program is aimed at provides cash rebates for installation of Remote Area Power Supply (RAPS) Systems incorporating renewable energy. Under RERP rebates of up to 50% may be paid for renewable energy components such as batteries, photovoltaics (solar panels) wind turbines and inverters.

See: http://www.dme.nt.gov.au/dmemain/index1.htm?energy/renewables/renewable3.html


Victoria

Photovoltaic Rebate Program: Under the Photovoltaic Rebate Program cash rebates are available to householders who install grid connected or stand alone photovoltaic systems. The rebates are available at the rate of $5.00 per watt peak of photovoltaic capacity, up to a maximum of 1500 Watts (ie maximum rebate of $7,500).

See: http://www.seav.vic.gov.au/previous_website/renewable/PV/rebate/pvrebate.html


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