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How to apply

Applications for interest-free loans for solar systems are now open.

You may be eligible to apply for an interest-free loan to purchase a solar system. This loan is for up to $4,500 and must be repaid within 7 years. Applications for solar loans will close once funding has been exhausted or on 30 June 2019, whichever occurs first.

Note, if you would like to choose this package, you will not be eligible for an interest-free loan and/or grant for a:

  • battery system
  • combined solar and battery system.

The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) will administer the loans.

Please follow the steps below to apply.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

To apply for an interest-free solar loan, you must:

  • be a homeowner
  • receive Family Tax Benefit Part B
  • have electricity costs at your home of more than $1,000 over the past 6 months, or more than $2,000 over the past 12 months.

You are not eligible to apply for an interest-free loan for a solar system if you:

Read more about the full eligibility criteria in the QRIDA Solar Guidelines.

Step 2: Choose a supplier and get a quote

You must get a quote from an eligible supplier before you apply.

Eligible systems

To be eligible for an interest-free loan, the solar system must be new and must not:

  • replace or augment an existing system
  • be coupled with a battery energy storage system.

Step 3: Apply for a loan

To apply for a solar loan you will need to provide:

  • a quote from an eligible solar supplier
  • your most recent council rates notice
  • either 6 or 12 months of electricity bills (demonstrating electricity costs at your home of more than $1,000 over the past 6 months or more than $2,000 over the past 12 months)
  • a Centrelink statement confirming you receive Family Tax Benefit Part B
  • proof of income to assess your ability to repay the loan.

As part of your application you will need to agree to a credit check.

You must upload these documents into the application portal - first time users will need to register. You can either scan them or take a clear photo with your smart phone or digital camera.

For more information on how to apply and proof of income requirements, read the QRIDA Solar Guidelines.

What happens next?

You will be assigned an application number. Where funding is available, most applications will be assessed within 15 business days. You will be contacted if more information is required, and will then have 7 business days to provide the information or your application can be declined. You can refer back to this page to check the application numbers currently being processed.

If your application is received after funding has been exhausted, you will be placed on a wait list. You are not guaranteed a loan and/or grant. As we assess applications we may be able to offer loans to applicants on the wait list.

If your loan is declined

If you believe your application was unduly declined, you can request a review of the decision through QRIDA's decision review process.

Step 5: Install your system

Once your loan is pre-approved, you will receive an approval certificate and can give this to your eligible supplier. You can now have your system installed and connected to the network.

Your system must be installed within 6 months of the date on your approval certificate. If installation is going to be delayed past this date, contact QRIDA immediately. If you do not advise QRIDA of delays, you may not meet the eligibility requirements for the solar loan. Your loan approval will be cancelled and an applicant on the solar loan wait list will be approved in your place.

You should consider whether you need insurance for your system and contact your provider to see if your existing policy covers it.

Step 6: Access your loan

Once your system is installed and you have received a tax invoice, you must log back into the application portal to complete the process to draw your loan. You must upload your:

  • tax invoice
  • authority to pay form
  • loan documentation
  • direct debit request.

If your system costs more than your approved loan, you must pay this difference to your supplier before submitting your paperwork, and your invoice must show this amount as paid.

Please note payment will be given directly to your supplier. The loan amount cannot be used to reimburse any deposits you have made.

Step 7: Repay your loan

Your monthly direct debit repayments will begin 1 month after you access your loan. The debit is made on a fixed date each month and you'll get an SMS to remind you. Please contact QRIDA if you cannot make a loan repayment.

If you sell your house during your loan, you must repay the loan immediately, as per the loan terms and conditions.

Disclaimer
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy is only responsible for administering the rooftop solar and battery systems program. We will not be supplying rooftop solar and battery systems to customers. Independent solar and battery suppliers will contract directly with customers to supply solar and battery products. Suppliers do not act as our agents and we do not endorse, and make no representation or warranty about, any supplier's products, including as to their suitability or fitness for purpose.

Contact

Contact QRIDA on (07) 3032 0595 if you:

  • have questions about the application assessment process or loan
  • no longer want to go through with the application process
  • do not wish to be on the wait list
  • aren't able to have your system installed within 6 months
  • are having difficulties with loan repayments.

What is the wait list?

Funding for this program is capped and there are a limited number of assistance packages. If your application is received after funding has been exhausted, you will be placed on the wait list. You are not guaranteed a loan and/or grant. As we assess applications we may be able to offer loans to applicants on the wait list, e.g. if someone higher in the queue isn't eligible for a loan or more funding becomes available, we can then process someone on the wait list.

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Last updated:
17 July 2018
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