The Government is committed to delivering more affordable, reliable and secure energy supplies in a transitioning national energy market. Part of this is responsibility is to unlock the value and opportunities offered by South Australia’s energy resources. 

The Home Battery Scheme is a government scheme in operation since October 2018. The scheme supports the installation of 40,000 home battery systems on South Australian households by providing them with subsidies for a battery and low interest loans for additional or new solar as well as the balance of the battery. The subsidy is available to all South Australians connected to the grid and varies depending on the size of the battery, with the cap currently at $6,000 per battery. 

As part of this transition to new energy supplies, it’s important to explore ways in which the benefits of lower energy prices can reach all South Australians. This includes helping customers in private rental properties who typically don’t have the opportunity to benefit from the bill savings that a solar and battery system can provide. 

Around 22% of homes in South Australia are private rental properties. Typically the majority of tenants in these properties have not been able to access energy efficiency technology such as solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and home battery systems, so have not been able to get the benefits of lower bills and energy independence. 

As at December 2019, of the 5,000 batteries already installed (or pending installation) under the scheme, 17 are for properties occupied by renters. This tells us that more needs to be done to help tenant and landlord take up of home battery systems. 

You can help us make the Home Battery Scheme more accessible to renters and landlords by getting involved and having your say.