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About the trial

The solar for rentals trial closed on 30 June 2020. If you have an enquiry about your application, call 1800 623 946.

We are helping landlords and tenants install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and share the financial benefits.

As part of the trial, around 1,000 rebates of up to $3,500 are available for eligible landlords to install a solar system with solar monitoring technology. Eligible rental properties are located in the following local government areas:

  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Townsville City Council.

The trial is one of the initiatives of the Affordable Energy Plan. The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) is administering the rebate applications and payments.

Note: Systems must be installed and rebate applications submitted by 30 June 2020.

Financial assistance

The rebate is paid based on the size of the system installed (where system size is measured by the lower of the system’s inverter or total panel capacity):

  • $2,500 for systems 3 kilowatts to less than 4 kilowatts
  • $3,000 for systems 4 kilowatts to less than 5 kilowatts
  • $3,500 for systems 5 kilowatts or greater.

Only one rebate is available per rental property. If you have registered more than one rental property you can apply for a rebate at each property provided all of the eligibility criteria are met.

Benefits of the trial

Eligible landlords get the rebate which will cover much of the up-front cost of installing a solar and monitoring system, and higher rental income.

Tenants get access to solar with no upfront cost and can use the solar system to reduce their power bills in return for a fair rent increase.

Use the solar for rentals calculator to estimate your benefits and savings and read our case studies to see how landlords and tenants participating in the trial are benefiting.

Read more about the benefits of solar for landlords, tenants and property managers.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a rebate, participating landlords must have their tenants’ consent to participate and meet the eligibility criteria set out below.

    Property requirements

    The rental property must be:

    • located in the Gladstone, Bundaberg or Townsville local government areas
    • detached or semi-detached with its own roof space and electricity meter
    • currently tenanted with a rent (before solar) of no more than $350 per week.

    Lease requirements

    Participating landlords and tenants must renew or enter into a new rental lease showing:

    • a fixed term of at least 12 months
    • a fair rent increase.

    Solar and monitoring system requirements

    Solar systems installed at the rental property must be:

    • new and not replacing or upgrading an existing system
    • fitted with solar monitoring technology
    • installed by an approved solar supplier
    • a minimum 3 kilowatts (kW) in size.

    At a minimum, the solar monitoring technology must give tenants the ability to see the amount of:

    • power generated by the solar system
    • solar power used at the property
    • solar power exported to the electricity grid
    • estimated or calculated bill savings from solar.

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