Sustainable City Incentives Scheme
Incentives Scheme - Available From July 1, 2015
To reduce carbon emissions from the City community and conserve energy, water and natural resources, Adelaide City Council is providing reimbursements for the installation of water and energy devices.
This Scheme is available to all building owners and tenants including businesses, residents, schools, community and sporting organisations in the City of Adelaide for works completed from July 1, 2015.
Subject to funding availability, the Sustainable City Incentives Scheme will provide up to:
- $5,000 for installing solar PV
- $5,000 for installing energy storage
- $500 per electric vehicle charging controller
- $5,000 for apartment building energy efficiency upgrades
- $1,000 for changing out quartz halogen downlights to LED downlights
- $120 for installing an energy monitoring system
- $1,000 to for solar hot water system
- $500 for rain water tanks or $3,000 for communal use rain water tanks in apartment buildings
Incentives of >$20,000 to a single site record in a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 8203 7203 to discuss potential projects, funding availability and eligibility with a member of the Sustainability Policy team.
Download: Scheme Snapshot (PDF, 150KB)
Council may give Pre-installation Commitments to incentive payments in advance of an installation being completed.
Download : Pre-Installation Commitment (PDF, 2.5Mb)
Solar Photovoltaic Systems
- 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.
- 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 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.
» Download the Solar Panels Rebate Form (PDF. 60KB)
Energy Storage Systems
Energy storage systems coupled with an onsite solar photovoltaic system are eligible for up to 50% of the installed system cost to a maximum of $5,000.
The energy storage rebate is based on deliverable energy from the system, to be calculated using the following formula:
Rebate = kWh discharge per cycle (at manufacturer’s depth of discharge) x lifetime discharge cycles (EOL 80%) x $0.15/kWh
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.
» Download the Energy Storage Incentive Form (PDF, 60KB)
Installer Accreditation Requirements for Energy Storage Incentive as at 1 July 2016
As of 1 July 2016 Sustainable City Incentives Scheme Energy Storage applications will be required to demonstrate Clean Energy Council Grid-Connect Accreditation with Battery Endorsement or Grid-Connect Accreditation and Stand-Alone Power Systems Accreditation.
Adelaide City Council is committed to ensuring that City residents and businesses have confidence in the installation of solar and energy storage systems. We can assist by ensuring that installers are appropriately accredited to current industry standards. Council currently requires all solar installers to have Clean Energy Council accreditation.
As of 1 July 2016 Council will bring the requirements for energy storage systems in line with solar in requiring Clean Energy Council Grid Connect Accreditation with Battery Endorsement or Grid-Connect Accreditation and Stand-Alone Power Systems Accreditation.
Further details on CEC accreditation and training
- Details on the Battery Endorsement
- Registered Training Providers
- Students may also be eligible for Industry Skills Funding
Electric Vehicle Charging System
An electric vehicle (EV) can be either a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Evidence of EV ownership associated with the installation location must be provided.
- Power point system: eligible for a rebate of 50% of the installed system cost up to a maximum $150.
- Basic charge station: eligible for a rebate of 50% of the installed system cost up to a maximum of $250.
- Smart charge station: eligible for a rebate of 50% of the installed system cost to a maximum of $500.
The EV charging system must have an onsite solar photovoltaic system on the same electricity meter. A single station with multiple cables and connectors is eligible for a single rebate only.
Smart Blocks Energy Efficiency Implementation
The Smart Blocks energy efficiency incentive supports the implementation of energy efficiency measures in common property areas of apartment blocks.
Energy efficiency measures implemented are eligible for 20% of the installed cost up to a maximum of $5,000/year.
The apartment building must be participating in, or willing to join, the Smart Blocks program (http://smartblocks.com.au/) and agree to complete a case study.
Individual energy efficiency measures must have a cost of carbon abatement of <$60/tonne CO2-e over a device deeming period of ≤10 years.
Energy efficiency measures must be identified and assessed as part of an energy audit conducted by an accredited assessor or suitably qualified engineer.
LED Downlight (Halogen Replacement)
Replacing halogen downlights with LED downlights is eligible for 30% of the total installed cost up to $30 per fitting and a maximum of $1,000.
Installation of the LED downlights must include the replacement of halogen lights and transformers with new LED lights and drivers.
» Download the LED Downlight Incentive Form (PDF, 50KB)
Energy Monitoring System
Installation of an energy monitoring system is eligible for 50% of the installed cost up to a maximum of $120.
The energy monitoring system must provide real-time energy monitoring of mains power consumption and must be hard-wired.
Solar Hot Water System
The replacement of an existing electric or gas storage hot water system with a gas boosted solar hot water system is eligible to receive up to $1,000.
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.
The purchase, installation and plumbing of rainwater tank with a minimum total capacity of 2,000 litres is eligible for a rebate of $500.
The purchase, installation and plumbing of rainwater tanks into apartments for communal internal use is eligible for a rebate of $0.25 per litre of storage capacity up to a maximum of $3,000.
» Download the Rain Water Tank Incentive Form (PDF, 55KB)
Natural Resource Management
Grants of up to $1,000 including GST per site or activity are available to support the environmental work of volunteers in the City that contributes to achieving Council's strategic objectives.
Native Resource Management Grants are limited and are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact Council on 8203 7203 if your organisation is interested in applying for Native Resource Management Grants.
CitySwitch Green Office
The CitySwitch Green Office program provides information and support to help office tenancies to reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions. It is supported by nation-wide resources www.cityswitch.net.au. Participating businesses save money by reducing ongoing energy expenses and are recognised for their efforts via publications and annual awards.
It is free to join - businesses just need to commit to achieving and maintaining at least a 4 star NABERS Energy tenancy rating. NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) rates the energy efficiency of buildings and tenancies from 1 to 6 stars, with 6 stars representing exceptional energy efficiency.
Adelaide City Council provides rebates to office tenants who are participating in the CitySwitch Green Office program, and who undertake an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating. Rebates of 50% up to $2,500 are available.
Tenant and Low-income Solar Program – Save on Energy Bills
Council is investigating a scheme that aims to reduce barriers faced by tenants and low-income residents in accessing solar panels without the upfront cost.
Registration for this program has now closed, if you would like to keep up to date or learn more, contact Bec Taylor on email@example.com
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