What products are eligible for a subsidy?
While a home battery system typically includes a battery and an inverter, paired with existing or new rooftop solar panels, the subsidy from the State Government only applies to the battery component of the system.
A set of technical requirements have been developed to ensure the batteries are safe and reliable. Battery systems are also required to be virtual power plant (VPP) capable.
This means the battery can – either at the outset, or at a future point in time – be enrolled as part of a VPP program, or remain standalone. Battery systems that are eligible under the scheme are likely to include a number of components:
- battery module(s)
- battery inverter
- hybrid inverter
- current sensor
- smart controller / meter
A ‘VPP capable’ system:
- includes communications and control functions that extend beyond basic battery system functions, and may include additional components
- need not be connected or registered in an existing VPP, but will be capable of registering to a VPP (now or in the future) with minimal or no additional hardware
- once registered to a VPP, will be able to respond to remote commands, allowing the battery to be deployed as part of a coordinated fleet of residential storage systems that can earn money by providing energy and grid services.
Key eligibility requirements of battery systems under the scheme include:
- the system must be designed and installed by a CEC-accredited designer/installer (including battery endorsement), making use of CEC battery install guidelines for accredited installers (industry best practice)
- the installed system must have a minimum 5-year warranty wrap including workmanship, with the battery component having a warranty for a minimum of 7 years (under daily cycling application)
- the system will be VPP-capable, meeting defined requirements for communications and remote control and readily able to be deployed in a future VPP
- the provider of the system must be a CEC Approved Solar Retailer
- providers must seek approval under the scheme for the battery systems they wish to install.
The Equipment Eligibility Criteria for approving battery systems can be downloaded below:
- Equipment Eligibility Criteria: Approach to Technical Evaluation of Systems (PDF 591 KB)
- Equipment Eligibility Criteria: Configuration Options and Component Descriptions for a HBS-compliant battery system (PDF 1.8 MB)
If you have a question about the application process to become a qualified System Provider or Equipment Eligibility Criteria please contact RateSetter on 1300 396 078.
Industry Information Forum
An Industry Information Forum was held by the Department for Energy and Mining on 28 September 2018 for businesses interested in becoming qualified System Providers. The forum has been edited into six parts for ease of viewing. Part one through to six is available for viewing via links below.
Videos of forum presentations
Video of presentation
Andrew Jones, Head of Commercial Development, RateSetter
A copy of the Industry Information Forum presentation is available for download: