Limited subsidies remaining

After almost four years of support to South Australia's home battery industry, the Home Battery Scheme is winding down.

As of 10am Monday 27 June 2022 there were 1,909 subsidies left available through the Home Battery Scheme.

The Home Battery Scheme will close to new subsidy applications once all these subsidies have been allocated, or at 5pm Thursday 1 September 2022, whichever comes first.

These subsidies are available at the following subsidy rates, cap, and expiry periods:

Subsidy rate - Energy concession holder$250 per kWh
Subsidy rate - All other households$150 per kWh
Maximum subsidy per battery installation$2,000
Expiry period - 'New build' subsidies18 months from the date of conditional approval or 1 December 2023, whichever comes first.
Expiry period - all other subsidies6 months from the date of conditional approval or 1 December 2023, whichever comes first.

How can I make sure I secure a subsidy?

Subsidies are only confirmed after a subsidy application has been conditionally approved. To increase your chances of receiving one of the remaining subsidies, you should complete your subsidy application process as soon as possible.

To complete the subsidy application process you must:

  • have a Quote Record created for you by a System Provider in the Plenti Home Battery Scheme portal; and
  • apply for and be conditionally approved for your subsidy, using the link the System Provider gives you for your Quote Record in the portal.

At the time your subsidy application process is completed, you will receive a confirmation of your conditional approval via email.

System Providers and customers should be aware that verifying identity details is a key part of the subsidy application process. Care should be taken to enter identify details exactly as they appear on your driver's licence or other form of government identification. If you or your System Provider are experiencing difficulties verifying your identity, a photo of your driver's licence or other government identification can be uploaded to your subsidy application or emailed to homebatteryscheme@plenti.com.au.

Is live data available showing the number of subsidies remaining?

Live data showing the number of subsidies remaining will be available in the Plenti Home Battery Scheme portal from Thursday 9 June 2022. From this time:

  • When a System Provider creates a Quote Record for you, they will be presented with live data from Plenti - the administrator of the Home Battery Scheme subsidy - showing the number of subsidies still available.
  • When you begin applying for your subsidy, you will also be presented with live data from Plenti showing the number of subsidies still available.

Until this live data is available, System Providers will receive a daily update on available subsidies via email each weekday.

In all cases, subsidies are only confirmed after a subsidy application is conditionally approved. To increase the chances of receiving one of the remaining subsidies, you should complete your subsidy application as soon as possible.

What about subsidies that have already been conditionally approved?

All subsidies already conditionally approved remain valid with the same terms and conditions under which they were issued.

Why is this happening?

Winding down the Home Battery Scheme is part of a range of measures being taken across government in the 2022-23 State Budget to reallocate funding to areas such as the South Australian health system and the Hydrogen Jobs Plan.

Notwithstanding, the South Australian government is actively considering the most appropriate way to electrify our state and ensure our homes and the network are ready to support a sustainable, reliable, resilient, safe, and competitive energy supply for all South Australians.

More than 10,000 home batteries in South Australia are connected to the National Electricity Market through virtual power plants, which are further lowering energy costs and increasing grid stability across the state.

Thanks to achievements like this, South Australia is already in an enviable position to continue to take advantage of the opportunities associated with our rapid transition to a low carbon future.