The average temperature of Queensland all year round is 29C. This means that climate is very sustainable for solar energy. This is why the Australian government created the national rebate program – the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. In Queensland, this is called the Small-scale Technology Certificate (STC) Program.
The program was created to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in the electricity sector and encourage the use of sustainable and renewable energy sources.
Does It Work?HOW
The program works by allowing large-scale power stations and owners of small-scale systems to create generation and technology certificates for every megawatt-hour of power they produce. Electricity retailers who supply electricity to residential and commercial users, buy these certificates, who then in turn, pass this on to their customers to be used as an upfront discount off the cost of the system or cash payment.
Small-scale technology certificates are created after the installation of an eligible solar system and are calculated based on the amount of electricity from non-renewable sources the system produces or replaces.
How Do I Use Small-Scale Technology Certificates?
There are two ways a solar system owner can use the small-scale technology certificate:
1. Assigning It To A Registered Agent
2. Claiming The Small-scale Technology Certificates Yourself
There is also the option to claim the technology certificates yourself, although this option involves a much more complicated process. Here is how you do it:
How Much Is The Rebate I Get?
Currently, the Federal Government under the Federal Government Scheme will subsidise approximately $630 for every kW you install. For a standard 5 kW renewable energy solar system, you can get a subsidy of up to $3,150.
The financial incentive should encourage everyone to create your own small-scale renewable energy system. Greenhouse gas emissions are getting worse and global warming is getting more advanced each year.
The subsidy amount mentioned above is not a fixed amount. The value fluctuates depending on the supply and demand. Current legislation also states that the rebate is reduced by 1/15 every year until it reaches $0 by the year 2032. One cannot predict how much installation and the small-scale technology certificates will cost each year but we can show you how much it will cost today by entering your details at the bottom of this page!
As an additional incentive, the government allows feed-in tariffs to encourage individuals and small businesses to join the program. Feed-on tariffs will pay you for the excess electricity your renewable energy system generates and feeds into the main grid.
Interest-free Solar Loans
Each Queensland household can apply for up to $4,500 in solar loans payable for up to seven years in affordable monthly payments, no interest, no fees and no charges for the life of the loan.
There are three solar loan packages available:
Federal Labour Home Battery Storage Subsidy
Am I Eligible?
In order to qualify for the solar rebates, you have to meet the following criteria:
Queensland Solar Rebate System At A Glance
Now that we have covered the legal and financial aspects of having a small-scale solar energy system, let’s focus on the essentials when buying and installing a small-scale solar energy system.
Since Queensland is predominantly sunny all year round, going solar is very sustainable. Queensland has great solar power production potential. Your current energy usage is an important consideration when choosing the ideal system, setup and equipment
Daytime Power Usage
Unshaded Roof Area
Grid-Connected with Battery Backup
This option is becoming more and more popular. Instead of feeding the surplus energy your solar power system generates, it stores this energy to the battery system. Once the battery storage is full, the excess power is then fed to the utility grid in exchange for a small rebate. The power stored in the battery system can be used for night time consumption. Other energy requirements not fulfilled by the system can be drawn from the utility grid.
Off-Grid Solar System
This is an option for most remote areas where you can not connect to the grid. You will need a battery storage system and maybe a backup generation system for night time consumption.
The Components Of Your Solar Power System
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Solar Rebate System
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