Battery Booster rebate for householders

Eligible Queenslanders can apply for a rebate when they buy and install a home battery energy storage system to use with new or existing rooftop solar systems.

The Battery Booster program rebate will help you better manage your electricity use and save on your energy bills.

Installing a home battery system might not make financial sense for all households. Learn more about battery systems to understand whether it’s right for you and plan the right battery system for your home.

If a solar battery system is right for you, the Battery Booster program may be able to assist with the upfront cost.

The program is now open for applications.

Applicants must apply for and receive a conditional approval letter before having a battery system installed under this rebate program.

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The Queensland Government’s Battery Booster program is open for eligible households across Queensland.

Eligible householders have the opportunity to apply for a rebate of up to $4,000 towards the installation of an approved solar battery by an approved installer to use with a new or existing rooftop solar system that is 5kW or greater.

All information about the program is on the Queensland Government’s Battery Booster website. On this website, you can find lists of approved installers and approved battery systems.

Please be sure to check these lists and eligibility requirements before getting a quote on your new battery system.

There are a limited number of rebates available and conditional approval is required as the first step.

The full application process is on the website so you can look this up.

Importantly, safety is a priority of the program and that's why the government aims to inspect all systems installed under the program to ensure compliance with the relevant standards.

The Queensland Government is supporting renewable and sustainable energy through this program to help maximise the energy from home solar panels and, importantly, reduce household energy bills.

Rebates available

The rebate is available to eligible Queensland homeowners with a combined household income of less than $180,000 and who meet all eligibility criteria.

There is a higher rebate amount to help low-income households even further.

Only 1 rebate is available per residential premises. Applications will be processed in the order they are lodged, and the program will close once allocated funding has been exhausted.

Standard rebate

A rebate up to $3,000 is available for applicants with an income of less than $180,000 for the most recently ended financial year.

If the applicant has a spouse, the combined income of the applicant and the applicant’s spouse must not have exceeded $180,000 for the most recently ended financial year.

Low-income rebate

A rebate up to $4,000 is available for households where the highest income earner earned $66,667 or less for the most recently ended financial year.

Eligibility

Applicants must apply for and receive a conditional approval letter before having a battery system installed under this rebate program.

To be eligible for the rebate, you must:

  • be the owner of the Queensland residential property where you wish to install the system—whether it’s a house, community lot (e.g. townhouse or retirement village home) or granny flat. The property can be mortgaged, but you need to be the registered owner
  • have a solar photovoltaic (PV) system with a minimum 5kW system capacity. If you don’t already have solar PV installed, you can add a new system as part of your approved battery purchase
  • use an approved battery from the Approved Battery System list, which includes batteries with a capacity of 6kWh or larger
  • use an approved installer registered on the Approved Installer list to install the system. They must be on the list when you apply for conditional approval and when they complete the installation
  • obtain a quote and purchase the system on or after 12 February 2024
  • meet the income requirement—that is, have a combined household income below $180,000
  • agree to a safety inspection of the installation, to be performed by a government-appointed inspector.

This is a summary of the requirements. Access the application guide (PDF, 542KB) for more detailed information and full eligibility information.

Approved battery systems

To be eligible for a rebate, the battery system installed at your home must have conditional approval and be listed on our Approved Battery Systems list.

There is a search tool at the top of the list to help you find the battery or system you are considering.

Approved installers

Safety is a priority for the program, along with quality and ensuring technical standards are met. Installers must meet minimum training and licensing requirements before they are eligible to supply under the Battery Booster program.

To be eligible for a rebate, your approved battery must be installed by a business on the Approved Installer list.

You should always seek multiple quotes and do your own research and comparisons before making a significant purchase decision.

If your preferred installer is not on the Approved Installer list, they can apply to register.

How to apply

The homeowner must apply for this rebate, not the business selling or installing the battery.

The application process has 2 stages:

  1. Conditional approval—You must obtain your quote and apply for conditional approval from us before you commit to buying your proposed battery system.
  2. Rebate approval—Once your conditionally approved system has been installed and paid for, you can submit your invoice to receive your rebate payment. Note that you will have to demonstrate you are still eligible.

A Queensland Government appointed inspector will conduct safety inspections on installations approved for a Battery Booster Rebate.

This page is a summary only. Read the application guide (PDF, 772KB) for full eligibility requirements.

Conditional approval and installation

To be eligible for the rebate, you must receive a conditional approval letter before your system is installed.

This conditional approval confirms you have met the eligibility criteria, before you commit to purchase and payment of an approved battery system.

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To be eligible for a rebate, you must use an installer from the Approved Installer list.

The installer must provide a quote with:

  • their business name, ABN and address
  • your name and the address where the battery system will be installed
  • the brand, name, size (kWh) and cost of the approved battery system to be installed (which must be listed on the approved battery list)
  • the size (kW) of the solar PV system that will be connected to the battery
  • whether the system is to be on-grid or standalone
  • battery and installation cost
  • date quote provided (which must be on or after 12 February 2024).

Check that the quoted battery system is on the Approved Battery Systems list.

Note: You can receive conditional approval for the rebate using a quote for purchase of an approved battery system from a retailer that is not an installer. However, the rebate will only be approved once the system is installed by an Approved Installer.

You must submit your application to the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) for assessment.

There are 3 ways to access the QRIDA application portal:

  • Use your myGovID details to log in. myGovID is the Australian Government’s digital identity app, which you can use to sign in to a range of online services like myGov. Learn more or register for a MyGovID account. (Note: Your myGovID is not the same as your myGov account, where you can access government services like Medicare and the ATO).
  • Register without myGovID. You don’t need a myGovID account to participate in the Battery Booster program, but you will need to provide evidence of  your identity. You can use the ‘New/existing user’  option.
  • Use your existing QRIDA account. If you already have a QRIDA account, you can use the ‘New/Existing user’ option and upgrade to myGovID.

As the Battery Booster rebate is for homeowners only, ‘myGovID for business’ will not be an option.

Read the portal instructions (PDF, 939KB) and if you have any questions about the use of the QRIDA application portal, phone  QRIDA on 1300 287 539.

To apply for conditional approval, you will need to provide:

  • Quote as outlined in step 1
  • Proof of home ownership (rates notice, contract of sale, or building contract)
  • Evidence of income in the form of notice(s) of assessment from the Australian Tax Office for the most recently ended financial year. If applying for the
    • standard rebate ($3,000), supply notice(s) for yourself and, if applicable, your spouse, showing the combined household income does not exceed $180,000
    • low-income rebate ($4,000), supply notice for the highest income earner, showing the income does not exceed $66,667.

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Once you have received conditional approval, organise an installation date and time with your chosen retailer.

You have 90 days from your conditional approval date to have your system installed. A 120-day timeframe for installation will only be agreed under specific circumstances.

Check on the day of installation that your installer is still on the Approved Installer list. Your application will be declined if the installer is no longer an approved installer. This is a critical safety aspect of the program.

Your system needs to be paid in full to receive the rebate. Ensure your invoice contains:

  • Date of invoice and installation
  • Business name, ABN and address of the approved installer who installed the system
  • Your name (as homeowner)  and the address where the battery system was installed
  • The brand, name, size (kWh) and serial number of the installed battery system. This must be the same system you received conditional approval for
  • The size (kW) of the solar PV system connected to the battery
  • The name and electrical worker  licence number of the electrician who installed your system
  • Whether the system is on-grid or standalone
  • Total cost (system and installation), showing that the amount has been paid in full. You are not eligible for a rebate payment until the system has been paid for. Note, the battery system may be paid in full through finance and still be eligible.

Rebate approval

Once your system has been installed and the invoice has been paid in full, you need to submit your rebate application.

You will need to provide:

  • Invoice for installation—make sure it contains all elements outlined in step 5
  • Proof of home ownership (rates notice, contract of sale, or building contract)
  • Evidence of income in the form of notice(s) of assessment from the Australian Tax Office for the most recently ended financial year. If applying for the
    • standard rebate ($3,000), supply notice(s) for yourself and, if applicable, your spouse, showing the combined household income does not exceed $180,000
    • low-income rebate ($4,000), supply notice for the highest income earner, showing the income does not exceed $66,667.

If you meet all eligibility criteria, you will receive a rebate notification letter advising that your application has been approved. Please note that response times vary and you may not hear back straight away.

Once you have been notified that your application has been approved, the rebate will be paid into your nominated bank account.

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Inspection

When applying for the rebate, you will be asked to agree to a free safety inspection of your installation at a time that is convenient for you.

This may take place in the weeks and months after your rebate is approved. Note: We intend for an appointed inspector to inspect all installations approved for a Battery Booster rebate. This is a key safety aspect of the program.

Contact us

Call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) if you need help or more information.

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