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Sustainability Incentives Scheme

To reduce carbon emissions from the City community and conserve energy, water and natural resources, City of Adelaide is providing reimbursements for the installation of water and energy devices for properties within our Council boundaries.

This scheme is available to all building owners and tenants including businesses, residents, education institutions, community and sporting organisations in the City of Adelaide for works completed from 11 October 2016. For works installed prior to 11 October, please contact Council for the previous information and forms. 

Subject to funding availability, the Sustainability Incentives Scheme will provide up to: 

Incentives of ≥$20,000 to a single site record in a financial year will be considered a ‘Partnership Project’ and will require the approval of Council – for example, this may occur when incentives from multiple categories are sought.

Prospective applicants should contact Council at incentives@adelaidecitycouncil.com or telephone 8203 7203 to discuss potential projects, funding availability and eligibility with a member of the Carbon Neutral Adelaide team.

View relevant case studies here. 

Council may give pre-installation commitments to incentive payments in advance of an installation being completed. Please check here to see if your project might be eligible.

Please contact incentives@adelaidecitycouncil.com to discuss your project.  

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Solar PV provides a low cost zero carbon source of electricity. Eligible properties may apply for the following rebates:

  • Photovoltaic systems from 1.5kW and up to and including 10kW capacity are eligible to receive 20% of the installed system cost up to a maximum of $1,000. (Landlords and concession-card holders can receive 50% up to $1000).
  • Photovoltaic systems of more than 10kW up to and including 20kW are eligible to receive 20% of the installed cost of the system up to a maximum of $2,500.
  • Photovoltaic systems greater than 20kW capacity are eligible to receive 20% of the installed cost of the system up to a maximum of $5000.

Please note, a solar photovoltaic (solar PV) system purchased on a solar lease or power purchase agreement where you will not own the system at the end of the contracted term is ineligible.

Installation of solar PV systems may impact on your current and future solar PV feed-in and electricity demand tariffs.  It is recommended applicants contact their electricity retailer or SA Power Networks prior to installing a device to determine any impacts. 

Energy Storage Systems

Energy storage can help you to maximise internal consumption of electricity generated by an onsite solar PV system.  Energy storage systems coupled with an onsite solar photovoltaic system on eligible properties are eligible for

  • 50% of the installed system cost up to a maximum of $5,000.

Installation of energy storage systems may impact on your solar PV feed-in and electricity network demand tariffs.  It is recommended applicants contact their electricity retailer or SA Power Networks prior to purchase to determine any impacts.

Installer Accreditation Requirements for Energy Storage Incentive as at 1 July 2016:
The City of Adelaide is committed to ensuring that City residents and businesses have confidence in the installation of solar and energy storage systems. 

Installers of Energy Storage systems within the City of Adelaide will be required to demonstrate Clean Energy Council Grid-Connect Accreditation with at least one of the following:

  • Battery Endorsement, or
  • Stand-Alone Power Systems Accreditation 

Details on CEC accreditation and training:

Electric Vehicle (EV) and Bicycle Charging Points

Electric vehicles and bicycles are a convenient and effective way to decarbonise your journey to work or trip to the shops. 

  •  An electric vehicle can be either a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
  • An electric bicycle or pedelec is defined as a power-assisted bicycle or pedal cycle with an electric motor attached to assist the rider. The attached electric motor may provide assistance but rider must pedal to access the power. See here for more detail.

Rebates are applicable to costs incurred by the building owner or tenant only.  All property owners and tenants are eligible including public car parks for the following rebates:

  1. Electric bicycle charging points in common property or public spaces are eligible for a rebate of 50% of the installed system cost up to a maximum $250 per point. Must include signage and a fixed bicycle rack or rail.
  2. ‘Level 2' AC fast charging EV charging point/s are eligible for 50% up to a maximum of $1000 per plug / socket when:  
    • equipped with a J1772 or 62196 Type 2 'Mennekes' plug or socket (Australian Standard only once finalised); and
    • it provides a 5 kW to ≤20 kW charge rate.
  3. 'Level 3 or 4' AC or DC super-fast charging electric vehicle charging point/s are eligible for 50% up to a maximum of $5000 per plug / socket when:  
    • all plug and socket types (Australian Standard only once finalised); and
    • ​provides a ≥20 kW charge rate.

Energy Smart Apartments

The savings from undertaking one-off energy projects in apartment buildings are a great way to manage rising body corporate fees.  Eligible buildings may apply for energy smart apartments incentive to implement energy efficiency measures in common property areas of apartment blocks.

The energy efficiency measures implemented in each application will be eligible for:

  • 20% of the installed cost up to a maximum of $3,000
  • 20c per kWh of annual energy savings up to a maximum of $2,000

The cost-based incentive payment and energy savings incentive payment will be applied independently of each other, therefore the total available incentive is $5000 per financial year. 

Contact Council to discuss your project, to determine whether supporting information may be required by an energy audit or report as conducted by an accredited assessor, suitably qualified engineer or equivalent.

LED Lighting Upgrades

Non-LED light fittings use a lot of energy and they can make a hot room even hotter.  Eligible properties can apply for the following rebates:

Upgrades of non-LED light fittings with LED light fittings are eligible for:

  • 30% of the total installed cost up to $30 per fitting and a maximum of $1,000.

Where installation of the LED lights replaces halogen downlights, works must include the replacement of existing transformers with drivers by an accredited installer, and be a like-for-like fitting replacement.

Upgrades must not increase the number of light fittings and / or projected energy use. (i.e. replacing a singular fluorescent T8 tube, or a halogen downlight, or a pendant light with a singular LED equivalent).  Replacement of a single light fitting with multiple light fittings is ineligible, unless it can be demonstrated that energy savings are equivalent to the single light fitting being replaced with a single LED light fitting. 

Energy Monitoring System

Energy monitoring can greatly assist with the identification of potential energy savings. Eligible properties may apply for the following rebate:

  • Installation of an energy monitoring system is eligible for 50% of the installed cost up to a maximum of $1000. 

The energy monitoring system must provide real-time energy monitoring of mains power consumption.

Solar Hot Water System

Eligible properties may apply for the following water heater upgrade rebates:

  1. 25% of installed cost up to a maximum of $1000 for:
    • Replacing electric instantaneous and storage systems with:
      o   Gas boosted solar,
      o   Heat pump boosted solar,
      o   Heat pump hot water system, or
      o   Addition of solar thermal to existing electric instantaneous and storage systems. 
    • Addition of solar thermal to existing gas storage or instantaneous systems,
    •  Installing a new solar or heat pump hot water system on a new development.
  2. 50% of installed cost up to a maximum of $500 for: the addition of solar photovoltaic direct feed to existing electric instantaneous and storage systems using smart load control system.

 Rainwater Tank

Rainwater tanks must be at least 2,000 litres total capacity and plumbed into at minimum a toilet or hot water service or washing machine, which goes beyond minimum development requirements for new dwellings.  Eligible properties may apply for the following rebates: 

  1. The purchase, installation and plumbing of rainwater tank with a minimum total capacity of 2,000 litres is eligible for a rebate of $500.
  2. The purchase, installation and plumbing of rainwater tanks into common areas, including apartments, office and education buildings for communal internal use is eligible for a rebate of $0.25 per litre of storage capacity up to a maximum of $3,000. 

CitySwitch Green Office

The CitySwitch Green Office program provides information, networking and support to help office tenancies reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions.  A key platform for office tenancies under Carbon Neutral Adelaide, participating businesses are reducing their energy expenses and receive recognition for their efforts. 

With sponsorship from the City of Adelaide, the program is free to join and promotes businesses and organisations committing to achieving and maintaining at least a 4 star NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) Energy tenancy rating. NABERS rates the energy efficiency of buildings and tenancies from 1 to 6 stars, with 6 stars representing exceptional energy efficiency.

City of Adelaide sponsored rebates of 50% up to a maximum of $2,500 are available to office tenants participating in the CitySwitch Green Office program who undertake an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating.

CitySwitch Green Office program: www.cityswitch.net.au. 

To join CitySwitch, send a letter of commitment to the Lord Mayor.

 Solar Savers Adelaide – Tenant and Low-income Solar Program

Council has endorsed the development of a solar photovoltaic purchase scheme to reduce barriers for tenants and low-income residents to access low cost electricity from solar panels

Under this Scheme, Council will fund the installation of solar panels on eligible residential properties through a quality assured, bulk purchased procurement process, and payments would be made over a long-term payback period through a separate rates charge.

Solar Savers Adelaide will be a voluntary program designed so that energy savings achieved will be greater than the repayments on the solar panel systems.

Registration for this program has now closed, if you would like to keep up to date or learn more, please visit the Your Say website  for updates and information, or contact Bec Taylor on bec.taylor@adelaidecitycouncil.com

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