Rebate On 5Kw Solar System

Updated: November 15, 2021

The amount of rebate you receive when you purchase a 5KW solar system depends on where you live. Each state in Australia has a different rebate rate calculation. Depending on the state you live in, you may purchase a 5KW solar system at a lower price than if you lived in another state.

The rebate of a 5kW solar system ranges from $2,271 to $2,656 depending on the state you live in. Rebates are calculated based on the amount paid per STC in your state.

Rebates are a policy adopted by the federal and state governments to lower the cost of purchasing a solar system. The higher the rebate a solar customer receives, the lower the cost of purchase and installation of their new solar power system

StateSTC’sRebate
NSW, QLD, SA, WA, ACT, NT69$2,656
VIC, TAS59$2,271

The above prices are based on the current STC price of $39.50 at the time of writing this. Prices will not vary greatly from one month to the next.

How Much Is The Rebate On A 5kW Solar System By State

NSW

The solar rebate in NSW is $2,656. The cost of a 5kW solar system in NSW ranges from $4,250 to $6,300 for bigger name brands like LG or Panasonic.

Queensland

The solar rebate amount for a 5kW solar system in Queensland is the same as NSW at $2,656. It is a significant rebate amount that lowers the cost of purchase and installation in QLD. As a result, over 25% of residents in QLD have installed solar systems in their homes.

Southern Australia

Southern Australian residents also enjoy the federal rebate rate. For a 5kw solar system, you will get a $2,656 rebate.

Western Australia

In Western Australia, the amount of rebate received for a 5KW solar system is about $2,656. Western Australia issues small-scale technical certificates for solar rebates. You will receive 69 STCs for purchasing a 5kW solar system. With each STC valued at $37 to $40.

Victoria

If you buy a 5KW solar system, you can expect to receive $2,271 in federal rebates. This is based on 50 STC credits and the current price of STC’s being $38.50.

Australian Capital Territory State

In the Australian Capital Territory, you receive a rebate of $2,271 for a 5kW solar system.

Factors That Determine How Much Rebate You Receive

Where You Live

Your residential location determines how much rebate you will receive for your purchase of solar products.

In a bid to encourage more people to acquire solar systems, the country was divided into four zones depending on how much sunshine is received in each zone.

Zone 1 and 2 enjoy more sunshine than zone 3 and 4. The more sunshine a zone receives, the more solar power it can produce and reduce reliance on the electric grid. The rebate rates in Zone 1 and 2 are higher to encourage a higher uptake of solar power due to more favorable conditions. In zone 3 and 4, the rebates are significantly lower than those enjoyed in the other zones.

The Clean Energy Council determines which zone your location falls in.

Federal or State Rebate Availability

The Australian federal government has set up a solar rebate program in place. Over the last decade, the government has encouraged Aussies to adopt solar power by providing discounts or rebates on the purchase of solar panels.

States, taking cue from the government also provide additional rebates to have more of their residents purchase solar panels.

If you live in a state that enjoys a federal and state rebate on solar panels, you can purchase and install a solar system in your home at a low price.

The amount offered as the federal and state rebate decreases every year and is expected to be completely phased out by 2030. By this time a large number of Aussies will have adopted solar power to lower the current demand on the national grid.

Price of STCs

STC refers to small-scale trading certificates. They are tradable certificates provided by an accredited installer to a new solar customer as a discount for the purchase of a solar system.

STC value ranges between $35 and $40 It is based on the price of carbon.

How many STCs you receive for a solar system purchase is determined by your location or solar zone.

If you live in NSW, which has been determined to be in zone 2, you will receive 15 STC per kW capacity of your solar system. For a 5kW solar system, you will receive 75 STC. The current value of STCs is around $37. This means that you will receive a rebate of $2,775 on the price of the 5kW system.

STC price fluctuates with the market. Depending on the price you get in the market, you may get a higher or lower discount on your solar panels.

How To Qualify For A Rebate When Purchasing A Solar System

New solar customers must meet several set conditions to qualify for a solar system rebate. First, their name must be on the deed of the property for which they are purchasing the solar system. You must show that you are the owner of the home where the solar system will be installed,

Depending on where you live, if you are a tenant, you can have an arrangement with your landlord on how you can install solar panels and earn a rebate.

Second, to receive a solar rebate, you must purchase your solar system from an approved retailer. The solar retailer you purchase your system from must be accredited by the Clean Energy Council for you to receive a rebate. Confirm with your retailer before installation that they are approved and that you will get a rebate.

You also qualify for a rebate if you are installing a solar system in your house for the first time.

Fourth, you qualify for a rebate when you purchase a solar system that doesn’t exceed 100kW.

Also, make sure that the solar panels you install are approved for use in Australia. When you purchase from a Clean Energy Council-approved installer, you will buy the right panels and receive a rebate.

How To Qualify For A Rebate When Purchasing A Solar System

FAQ's

It takes about 5 years to recoup your investment in your solar system. Mostly, this is determined by how much savings you make on your electricity bill and the cost of your solar system.

Whether you have a high or low electricity bill, a 5kW solar system ensures that you will never pay an electric bill again. With the 20Kw produced by this system, you can easily recoup your investment in 2 years.

Depending on where you live, you may require council approval. For most states, your chosen professional installer will have to inspect your property before installation. An inspection ensures that you will not break the law once you install your solar panels.

They need to check on the location of your home and neighborhood to ensure that once your installed solar panels are not at street level.

If you are already connected to the grid, an inspection is necessary to ensure that installing solar in your home is safe.

In normal times, a 5kW solar system produces up to 20kW of power. This is sufficient energy for all your home electricity needs.

During winter, there is little to no sunshine. Your solar system will not generate sufficient power for your home at this time. You can opt to use electricity from the grid at night or when there isn’t power in the solar system.

Or, you can install a larger system that can produce and store more power for cold seasons.

Can You Use A 5Kw Solar System During Winter

Installing a solar system increases the value of your property. Properties with solar installed are more expensive and find buyers much faster than those without.

From a recent survey, a solar system increases the value of your property by $4 for each watt of solar installed. Thus, when you install a 5kW system, the value of your property increases by $20,000.

Also, you don’t pay any extra levies on your property due to an increase in value caused by the installation of a solar system.

Therefore, installing a solar system in your property increases its value and makes it more attractive when it is up for sale.

Ben McInerney head shotAuthor: Ben McInerney is a renewable energy enthusiast with the goal of helping more Australians understand solar systems to make the best choice before they purchase. Having an accredited solar installer in the family helps give Ben access to the correct information, which allows him to break it down and make it easily understandable to the average homeowner.