What is the greatest barrier that is preventing tenants from accessing solar and battery systems?

We want to understand how we can help renters and landlords have more access to the Home Battery Scheme.

Read the Issues paper – Providing greater access to home battery technology in the private rental market and let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

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David Jobling

14 Jan 2020

I am a public housing tenant on DSP with rare casual work and a non air conditioned tin roof brick dwelling; I believe Housing SA should install solar power and batteries. Obviously the number one problem with this would be cost. Nevertheless that is what I believe should happen. I appreciate the low rent accommodation absolutely, however the costs of heating and cooling the dwelling are very high and tends to counteract the low rent.

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Paul Nayda

29 Dec 2019

As a landlord In order to realise the financial benefit of installing solar I expect a tenant to pay a higher rent. As a tenant the sticker shock of an extra $30 or $40 per week is hard to swallow, regardless of the benefit to me. Compounded by this is that the landlord tennant relationship is very passive in Australia and the idea of 'haggling' over value sharing of solar is unappealing for a number of reasons.

In an ideal world, somehow a scheme that paid the landlord a large proportion (say 80%) of the electricity bill 'savings' the tennant receives as well as the full benefit of the FiT, would be hugely appealing, it would make installing solar as attractive on rental properties as lucrative as putting it on your owner occupied property.

It also avoids the tennant-landlord negotiation and also allows for changes of tenants without any impact to the landlord

Somehow needs the involvement of the energy retailers or at least access to metering data

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Veronica Phillips

27 Dec 2019

As a landlord I would love to install solar technology for my rental. My barrier is affordability. I would also love to do the same to my personal home. Not really affordable

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Trevor Cheesman

20 Dec 2019

All housing trust should have solar put on SA housing.

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