How can I claim the Solar Hot Water Grant?

Do you have an electric hot water system?  Do you already have insulation in your home?  If you answered yes to both these questions then you are entitled to the Government Solar Hot Water Grant!!

Like the Insulation Rebate you can get up to $1,600 to have one installed.  My father-in-law had his solar hot water system installed for only $1,400 and he didn’t even know about the rebate!!  My gas bottles cost me $105 and I have to buy one every quarter – so that is $420 a year, providing the price doesn’t go up again.  So even if I didn’t get the rebate I would have paid for the system in just over 3 years!

Below is the link for the solar hot water grant.

Form to complete

Quoted from the Government website:

“When can I apply for a rebate?

The rebate is offered from 3 February 2009 until 30 June 2012, subject to the availability of funds, for solar or heat pump hot water systems installed from 3 February 2009. No applications will be accepted after 30 June 2012. Applicants must apply for the rebate within six months of their new solar or heat pump hot water system being installed.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applicants must apply for the rebate within six months (184 days) of installing an eligible system.

Who can apply for the rebate?

Applicants for the rebate must be the owner or tenant of the dwelling where the system was installed. The application process is simple and straightforward and is completed at the time the new hot water system is being installed. Suppliers and installers of solar or heat pump hot water systems cannot apply for the Australian Government’s Solar Hot Water Rebate on behalf of their customers.

Government agencies or occupants of public housing are not eligible for this rebate.

Can I apply for the rebate if I am renting?

Yes. The system for which a rebate is being claimed must be installed at a principal place of residence. An applicant can be the owner or the tenant of the dwelling.

A tenant should not install a system without approval from the owner of the dwelling. The sharing of any costs is a matter for the landlord and the tenant to negotiate.

Regardless of whether you are an owner or a tenant, all other eligibility requirements must be met.

Can I get the rebate for a system I install on my investment property?

Yes. The system for which a rebate is being claimed must be installed at a principal place of residence. This can be an investment property which must be the tenant’s principal place of residence. It cannot be a holiday home. An owner may apply for a rebate on more than one property. A separate application must be submitted for each property.

The sharing of any costs is a matter for the landlord and the tenant to negotiate.

Regardless of whether you are an owner or a tenant, all other eligibility requirements must be met.

The Solar Hot Water Rebate provides rebates for solar and heat pump hot water systems that replace an existing electric storage hot water system. In order to be eligible for the rebate the solar or heat pump system must be a new and complete hot water system that is eligible for at least 20 RECs.

RECs are assigned by the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator as part of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme and reflect the deemed value of equivalent renewable energy generation over a ten year period.”

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