Scenic Rim homes still have time to apply for renewable energy aid

BATTERY POWER: Solar-charged batteries can cut the annual household electricity bill by up to $400.
BATTERY POWER: Solar-charged batteries can cut the annual household electricity bill by up to $400.

SCENIC Rim homeowners are invited to apply for renewable energy assistance through solar and battery installation funding.

Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said regional households and small businesses had made about a third of the 2150 loan and grant applications to date to install rooftop solar panels and battery systems.

“With savings of up to $400 a year, even after taking into account interest-free loan repayments, regional Queenslanders know a good deal when they see one,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity to cut your power bills and your emissions, saving money and doing your bit for climate change.”

A spokeswoman for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, the government department running the program, said there had so far been 20 applications from within the Scenic Rim, with 15 already approved.

She said the installation must be done by an approved installer, with the Scenic Rim to be serviced by companies in Browns Plains or the Gold Coast.

But with 2150 applications on the state government’s books already, Dr Lynham said the clock was ticking on the scheme, which offered grants of $3000 and interest-free loans of up to $6000 for batteries, and $10,000 for combined solar-battery installations.

“There are limited places still available for grants and loans and I encourage anyone interested to get online before it’s too late,” Dr Lynham said.

“And for those who have had their applications approved, book in an appointment with your installer and start saving.”

He said the scheme offered loans and grants for households as well as local businesses installing panels and solar-charged batteries for use during peak electricity periods to reduce electricity costs .

Dr Lynham said the scheme also aimed to support high quality installers and help kick start the battery storage industry and create new jobs.

“With more than 500,000 rooftop solar systems in Queensland we have one of the highest penetrations of rooftop solar in the world,” he said.

“The next wave is to be a world leader in battery storage.”

How to apply for solar, battery or solar and battery package.

  • Find a list of eligible suppliers and batteries online at qld.gov.au/batteryloans and get a quote.
  • Apply onlinewww.qld.gov.au/batteryloans.
  • Get approved
  • Tell your supplier you’re approved and get your system installed. You cannot get it installed before approval or you’re not eligible.
  • Get back online to have your approved dollar amount paid to your supplier.
  • You have six months from approval to get your system installed.