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What products are eligible for a subsidy?

Minimum technical specifications have been developed to ensure the batteries are safe, reliable and capable of being recruited into a virtual power plant.
Battery systems that are eligible under the scheme will be required to be virtual power plant (VPP) capable, and 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.

Minimum technical specifications have been developed to ensure the batteries are safe, reliable and capable of being recruited into a virtual power plant.

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:

More information

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

Presented by

Overview and objectives

Sam Crafter
Executive Director, Energy Implementation, Department for Energy and Mining

Equipment eligibility criteria

Ben McGarry
Future Energy, Aurecon

RateSetter - Qualification, eligibility and finance

Andrew Jones
Head of Commercial Development, RateSetter 

Solar Retailer Code of Conduct

Udhara Weerasinghe
Product Program Specialist, Clean Energy Council

Overview of the Industry Advocate

Ian Nightingale
Office of the Industry Advocate

Home Battery Scheme Industry Information Forum - Panel session

Andrew Jones, Head of Commercial Development, RateSetter
Ben McGarry, Future Energy, Aurecon
Sam Crafter, Executive Director, Energy Implementation, Department for Energy and Mining
Ian Nightingale, Office of the Industry Advocate
Bryn Williams, Future Network Strategy Manager, SA Power Networks
Udhara Weerasinghe, Product Program Specialist, Clean Energy Council

A copy of the Industry Information Forum presentation is available for download: