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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Gail Stead

31 Jan 2020

We seem to be going backwards every year!! We get new government who make promises after promises and dont deliver.Public housing in every single dwelling had rain water tanks they ripped them out and ripped them down.All the single public housing and new housing should have automatically fitted with rain water tanks and solar, it not only benefits the tenant but the government as we are using less water from the system and less electricity which if used more can overflow back to the community. people in low rent housing cannot afford to pay for these to be installed as thats why they are in low rent housing to start with how can they afford batteries and installation.even houses now should be done,I've just recently seen that HSA are over charging rent by saying the medium rates are this?? when on the news its a $100 less for certain areas so they are over pricing rents anyway and have probably done so for years.that needs investigation and if that is the case then rents should come down or the difference applied to installing solar and rain water tanks,its got to be a win win for all, let face the government would get a bulk deal at prices less than the ordinary working man

Jennifer Syme

29 Jan 2020

I disagree with Denis on his diatribe against climate change and have to point out that there is change occurring. Ice is melting, both at North and South Poles, sea is warming, droughts are severe as are fires' floods, volcanic eruptions and various weather events globally, contributig to change in our climate. Man has a responsibility to look at all aspects of our life and work towards a better future. The felling or burning of trees in the Amazon, Papua New Guinea and other areas of the world including in Australia reduces the lungs of the planet and changes the atmosphere. The coal fired industrialisation has an impact as does the increased population seeking more food through increased herds of animals for slaughter and increased cropping. What needs not to be done is hysterical diatribe that does not achieve one point in reaching answers. Instead we require a conversation that agrees world wide this is occurring and then each continent work towards solutions. Pig farming that harnesses the methane to produce electricity for instance AND solar panels that reduce the load on base loads utilising heavy carbon discharges are means towards and end. Role on freedom of thought and impetus to challenge the likes of our writer here and world leaders to make a difference, not through hysteria but through individual ides and innovative scientific discoveries that will solve the issues one by one and lead to a better future and not at the expense of our daily livelihood. We have overcome downturns in industry and we will again but we need at the same time to be providing incomes for sustainability of our populations world wide. If every country committed to economic growth through sustained environmental ventures whilst phasing out unsustainable practices and here note not crash and burn but phasing out we MAY just get ahead of the bow wave of climatic change that is now being seen world wide.

Jennifer Syme

29 Jan 2020

I feel that Government housing should have solar panels affixed and batteries storage as a phase II if cost is high. However until landlords are prepared to give long rental terms such as five or ten years with rights to tenants to continue their lease in the event of sale of a property, I do not believe landlords will regard solar power attached to the property as a viable option when there is no marked appreciation in value for the property with solar power. The reasonable way to go forward would be for all new housing to compulsorily have solar power at construction thus setting precedents and providing an incentive for landlords to install solar power to appreciate their asset. Current discussions with my landlord stopped as soon as cost involved was discovered. Return on investment was not there as far as the landlord was concerned.

Denis Prodea

28 Jan 2020

This whole idea is the most ridiculous carry on from a government being held to ransom by the Greens that I have seen since Labor was in power. The whole climate change hysteria is causing a massive maldistribution of resources when we should be generating cheap base load power in a central location that is not subject to the sun not shining and the wind not blowing. Now it's this crazy piecemeal power generation here there and everywhere with inevitable equipment failure that people will not be able to afford to pay for the repairs. Then these systems will lay idle, an eyesore and visual pollution at a national level. How will we dispose of all these toxic batteries and panels in 10 to 20 years when their life is over? More land fill!? When will this bunch of clowns who are mismanaging the State going to wake up to themselves and get on with proper government and scrap this stupid folly of trying to stop climate change which is inevitable and spend resources sensibly on adapting to the minor changes that are occurring . However after witnessing the land tax debacle and the unemployment rate climbing in this State I doubt that the intelligence of them all added together and averaged is reaching 100 points (which is the average of the community). We don't need smiling buffoons inhabiting prime real estate on North Terrace on TV spruiking their woke virtues, we need people with common sense who are not afraid to make decisions based on proper science and engineering. God help us if they are reelected!

Julianne Keefe

28 Jan 2020

I can’t think of a single owner/ agent I had over a decade ( moving each year) that would have even considered solar let alone a battery. They were all out to make what they could and not bother with maintenance on what they already had! I’d like to think there is a few who give a damn but I never had them !

Unless the owner had some major pay off I can’t see it happening

I think the standard of rentals need to be addressed first.

On the other hand all public housing should have them - to reduce the energy usage overall and to help the lower income. The lack of heating / cooling and inefficient house layout means I’m paying astronomical energy bills just to try and make the place habitable.

Lyn Whiteway

28 Jan 2020

I live in an ech retirement village. We paid an entry fee but don't own the unit outright. We just pay a monthly maintenance fee. We installed solar panels a few years ago which under the terms of our contract we had to sign over to ech although they won't maintain the system. Our inverter stopped working a couple of years ago and we have only just raised the money to purchase another. I would love to have a battery but can't afford it. ECH wouldn't pay for one so unless there is some sort of scheme for low income pensioners in a retirement village with just a life time interest we are stymied!

carol lloyd

28 Jan 2020

All Housing SA buildings should be supplied with both panels and batteries. There could be a small dollar increase, maybe $10 per week, on the rental to assist the government with the cost of supplying both of these items.

Phil Fox

23 Jan 2020

Extend it to all Housing SA properties supplied and maintained by Housing SA, most, tenants are elderly elderly and are on a pension. God knows Housing provides NO HEATING in winter and NO COOLING ln summer. This would make life much easier for low income, pensioners and single parent families.

Joshua Matolcsy

22 Jan 2020

As a tenant with an average rent of $365 a week and high power bills, the solar/battery scheme can still be unaffordable for many tenants and really provides no benefits to landlords other than a rent increase which could lead to tenants looking for cheaper homes to rent. As there is no major incentive for landlords to take part in the scheme, incurring debt either landlord or tenant or both to pay for the scheme can be more unappealing than sticking with the way things currently are.

To intice landlords into taking part in the scheme consider creating or utilising a policy setting that would allow income from investment properties to be taxed less for a period of 26 months:

This could be done in the form of a tax credit system whereby landlords pay the normal tax on their rental income over the course of the financial year and later, use the tax credits when they lodge their tax returns to receive the discounted tax rate applied to their income thus giving them higher tax returns/relief.

To incentivize tenants into paying for part of the system, allow tenants to partially receive a portion of their money spent on the scheme back when they leave the property they are renting:
This could be in the form of:
Energy Cost Reductions
Tax Credits
Water Cost Reductions
Or receiving a portion back from the landlord or other forms of cost reductions.

Another way to facilitate the uptake of solar and battery storage is to add regulation that requires when building new dwellings to have solar and battery storage.

Phil Fox > Joshua Matolcsy

23 Jan 2020

Why do landlords need incentives to do anything? Why can't the landlords look after their tenants instead of taking the money and running? Not everyone can afford to buy their own home.

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.

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

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

Trevor Cheesman

20 Dec 2019

All housing trust should have solar put on SA housing.

pamela jones > Trevor Cheesman

28 Jan 2020

agree: very necessary