Sustainability Incentives Scheme
To reduce carbon emissions from the City community and conserve energy, water and natural resources, City of Adelaide is providing reimbursements for the installation of water and energy devices for properties within our Council boundaries.
Who is eligible?
This scheme is available to all building owners and tenants including businesses, residents, education institutions, community and sporting organisations that have properties within the City of Adelaide for works completed within 12 months of applying. Please download and read all the eligibility information and obtain relevant approvals to confirm any specific details around eligibility for the different rebates on offer. The link below is a summary of the scheme.
What funding is available?
The Sustainability Incentives Scheme will provide up to*:
The scheme is subject to funding availability.
Incentives of ≥$20,000 to a single site record in a financial year will be considered a ‘Partnership Project’ and will require approval at a Council Meeting – for example, this may occur when incentives from multiple categories are sought.
Council may give pre-installation commitments to incentive payments in advance of an installation being completed. Please check here to see if your project might be eligible.
How to apply for a Sustainability Incentive:
- Download and read the relevant eligibility information in the application form.
- Contact your potential installer and discuss the conditions of the rebate, including what evidence to provide.
- Contact Council’s Carbon Neutral Adelaide Team with any questions about your eligibility for rebates, and whether we can offer a pre-installation commitment (email@example.com; 8203 7203).
- Contact Council’s Development Assessment team during business hours on 8203 1875 to discuss installations on heritage properties, and any building rules around solar PV, energy storage, rainwater tanks and hot water systems (Development Approval information here).
- After the works have been completed, obtain the relevant paperwork and approvals and send copies to us with the signed application form, including:
- Itemised invoice / receipt demonstrating evidence of full payment,
- Certificate of Compliance,
- Technical specifications if required, and
- Relevant Approvals – i.e. Development Approval, from Landlord, Body Corporate
- Council will contact you upon receipt of the forms and discuss any issues with your application.
- If the application is eligible, Council will send you a cheque within 30 days.
View relevant case studies here.
Read our frequently asked questions about the Sustainability Incentives Scheme here.
Solar Savers Adelaide – Tenant and Low-income Solar Program
Council has endorsed the development of a solar photovoltaic purchase scheme to reduce barriers for tenants and low-income residents to access low cost electricity from solar panels
Under this Scheme, Council will fund the installation of solar panels on eligible residential properties through a quality assured, bulk purchased procurement process, and payments would be made over a long-term payback period through a separate rates charge.
Solar Savers Adelaide will be a voluntary program designed so that energy savings achieved will be greater than the repayments on the solar panel systems.
Registration for this program has now closed, if you would like to keep up to date or learn more, please visit the Your Say website for updates and information, or contact Bec Taylor on firstname.lastname@example.org
$5,000 for installing a solar photovoltaic system
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
Solar PV provides a low cost, zero carbon source of electricity. Eligible properties may apply for the following rebates:
- Photovoltaic systems from 1.5kW and up to and including 10kW capacity are eligible to receive 20% of the installed system cost up to a maximum of $1,000. (Landlords and concession-card holders can receive 50% up to $1000).
- Photovoltaic systems of more than 10kW up to and including 20kW are eligible to receive 20% of the installed cost of the system up to a maximum of $2,500, and are eligible for a pre-installation commitment.
- Photovoltaic systems greater than 20kW capacity are eligible to receive 20% of the installed cost of the system up to a maximum of $5,000, and are eligible for a pre-installation commitment.
DOWNLOAD: Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
- Read this information about how solar panels might require a Development Approval (D.A.). If you do require a D.A., Council will waive fees. Contact Development Assessment team during business hours on 8203 1875 to discuss installations.
- Ensure that your installer is a Clean Energy Council Grid-Connect Accredited Solar Installer.
- Ineligible: A solar photovoltaic (solar PV) system purchased on a solar lease or power purchase agreement where you will not own the system at the end of the contracted term.
Specific things to note with solar:
- Installation of solar PV systems may impact on your current and future solar PV feed-in and electricity demand tariffs as you will require an import/export meter. It is recommended applicants contact their electricity retailer or SA Power Networks prior to installing a device to determine any impacts.
- If you want to make sure you are getting the best deal with your electricity retailer when you switch to solar, check out the Government’s Energy Made Easy website to compare costs based on your personal use, but then follow up with phone-calls.
- Before purchasing solar, check out the ‘Solar PV guide for households’ or ‘Solar PV guide for businesses’ to help you make an informed choice about the most appropriate system for your energy use
- If you are unsure whether solar is for you, or you can’t afford it now, energy monitoring systems are useful to have installed to monitor current energy use and decrease consumption and bills by providing information to help you alter behaviors.
- The SA Government website has additional information on solar PV and saving energy at home.
- Solar Savers Adelaide – Council has endorsed of a solar photovoltaic purchase scheme to reduce barriers for rental properties and low-income residents to access low-cost electricity from solar panels. Registrations for the 2017 Stage 1 program have closed.
$5,000 for installing an energy storage (battery storage) system
Energy Storage Systems
Energy storage can help you to maximise internal consumption of electricity generated by an onsite solar PV system. Energy storage systems coupled with an onsite solar photovoltaic system on eligible properties are eligible for:
- 50% of the installed system cost up to a maximum of $5,000.
DOWNLOAD: Energy Storage Systems Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
Energy Storage eligibility:
- The City of Adelaide is committed to ensuring that City residents and businesses have confidence in the installation of solar and energy storage systems. Therefore to be eligible for the rebate we require that your energy storage installer holds a current Clean Energy Council Grid-Connect Accredited Solar Installer with either:
- You must demonstrate that you have contacted the Development Assessment team to determine whether you do or do not require Development Approval, and any conditions around installing the system. Contact Development Assessment team during business hours on 8203 1875 to discuss installations.
- Energy storage systems must be installed to optimise internal electricity consumption and not be configured as a mains electricity supply back-up system only.
- Systems must be owned by the property owner or the tenant. Energy storage systems purchased on a lease or power purchase agreement are only eligible if the outright ownership is vested with the property owner or tenant at the end of the contracted term
Specific things to note with energy storage:
- Installation of energy storage systems may impact on your solar PV feed-in and electricity network demand tariffs. It is recommended applicants contact their electricity retailer or SA Power Networks prior to purchase to determine any impacts.
- Find out more general and technical information at these sites:
- The Clean Energy Council’s Battery storage FAQ page explains how energy storage systems work, potential safety risks, what type of inverter you will require, what does ‘battery ready’ mean, all the relevant terminology and how to find an accredited designer and installer.
- The Climate Council report on Battery Storage ‘Powerful Potential: Battery Storage for renewable energy and electric cars' explains how battery storage works; household and commercial potential; trends and types of battery storage etc.
- Updated news, comparisons of products and articles about battery storage at:
$1,000 for LED lighting upgrades
LED Lighting Upgrades
Non-LED light fittings use a lot of energy and they can make a hot room even hotter. Upgrades of non-LED light fittings with LED light fittings in eligible properties are eligible for:
- 30% of the total installed cost up to $30 per fitting and a maximum of $1,000.
DOWNLOAD: LED Lighting Upgrades Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
LED retrofit eligibility:
- All works must be completed by a licensed electrician.
- Upgrades must not increase the number of light fittings and / or projected energy use. (i.e. replacing a singular fluorescent T8 tube, or a halogen downlight, or a pendant light with a singular LED equivalent).
- Where installation of the LED lights replaces halogen downlights, works must include the replacement of existing transformers with drivers by a licensed electrician, and be a like-for-like fitting replacement.
- Eligible business: rateable premises with less than or equal to 250m2 net lettable floor area and State Valuation Land Use Codes: 21 – Retail Trade, 22 – Financial, Assurance and Real Estate Services, 23 and 24 – Personal Services, 25 – Business Services, and 27 – Professional Services. LED lights must be located within the floor area of the eligible business premises.
- If there is a combined application for apartment common area plus households in the same building, you can apply for a pre-installation commitment.
- If you are in a State Heritage building, you may require Development Approval.
- Replacement of a single light fitting with multiple LED lights (i.e. downlights) is ineligible, unless it can be demonstrated that energy savings are equivalent to the single light fitting being replaced with a single LED light fitting;
- Replacement of LED lights with LED lights;
- Businesses with floor space greater than 250m2 (contact Council if you are unsure); and
- Light replacement activities in common areas of multistorey office buildings.
- Another discount for lighting and other energy efficiency retrofits is the State Government’s Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES). If you are having work done by a REES contractor, check with Council that you will be also eligible for the Sustainable Incentive Scheme.
$1,000 for installing an energy monitoring system
Energy Monitoring Systems
Energy monitoring can greatly assist with the identification of potential energy savings. Eligible properties may apply for the following rebate:
- Installation of an energy monitoring system is eligible for 50% of the installed cost up to a maximum of $1000.
DOWNLOAD: Energy Monitoring Systems Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
Energy Monitoring eligibility:
- The energy monitoring system must provide real-time energy monitoring of mains power consumption.
- If energy monitoring to multiple dwellings or business tenancies in a single building is being applied for, you may be eligible for a pre-installation commitment.
- Ineligible: smart electricity meters (i.e. the import/export meter switched over when you install solar).
$1,000 for installing a hot water system
Hot Water Systems
Eligible properties may apply for the following water heater upgrade rebates:
1. 25% of installed cost up to a maximum of $1,000 for:
- Replacing electric instantaneous and storage systems with:
- Gas boosted solar,
- Heat pump boosted solar, or
- Heat pump hot water system
- Addition of solar thermal to existing electric instantaneous and storage systems,
- Addition of solar thermal to existing gas storage or instantaneous systems, or
- Installing a new solar or heat pump hot water system on a new development.
2. 50% of installed cost up to a maximum of $500 for: the addition of solar photovoltaic direct feed to existing electric instantaneous and storage systems using smart load control system.
DOWNLOAD: Hot Water Systems Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
Hot Water system eligibility:
- Read this information about how hot water systems might require a Development Approval (D.A.). If you do require a D.A., Council will waive fees. Contact Development Assessment team during business hours on 8203 1875 to discuss installations.
- Hot water systems must be eligible under the Australian Government Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) for the creation of Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs).
- Ineligible: Hot water systems that are part of the base building or common property of multistorey office buildings.
$500 for rainwater tanks or $3,000 for communal use rain water tanks in apartment buildings
Rainwater tanks are great ways to harvest water and use within your property.
Rainwater tanks must be at least 2,000 litres total capacity and plumbed into at minimum a toilet or hot water service or washing machine. Eligible properties may apply for the following rebates:
- The purchase, installation and plumbing of rainwater tank with a minimum total capacity of 2,000 litres is eligible for a rebate of $500.
- The purchase, installation and plumbing of rainwater tanks into common areas, including apartments, office and education buildings for communal internal use is eligible for a rebate of $0.25 per litre of storage capacity up to a maximum of $3,000.
DOWNLOAD: Rainwater Tanks Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
Rainwater tank eligibility:
- Read this information about how rainwater tanks might require a Development Approval (D.A.). If you do require a D.A., Council will waive fees. Contact Development Assessment team during business hours on 8203 1875 to discuss installations.
- Ineligible: rainwater tanks that are part of the base building or common property of office buildings; rainwater tanks with less than 2,000L capacity or rainwater tanks installed for garden use alone.
$250 per electric bicycle charging point
Electric Bicycle Charging Points
Electric bicycles are a convenient and effective way to decarbonise your journey to work or trip to the shops.
An electric bicycle or pedelec is defined as a power-assisted bicycle or pedal cycle with an electric motor attached to assist the rider. The attached electric motor may provide assistance but rider must pedal to access the power. See the SA State Government’s website for more detail.
Rebates are applicable to costs incurred by the building owner or tenant only. All property owners and tenants are eligible including public car parks for the following rebates:
Electric bicycle charging point/s installations are eligible for 50% up to $250 per parking space when:
- An electric bicycle charging point comprising a power point has been installed in the common areas of an apartment building, office building or education building, or public location for the purpose of charging electric bicycles; and
- The charging point is associated with a fixed bicycle rack or rail and signage to demonstrate common or public use.
DOWNLOAD: Electric Bicycle Charging Points Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
EV bicycle charging point eligibility:
- Photographs are required to be submitted in these applications.
- Each site is eligible for a rebate per charging point in the same installation.
- Ineligible: Private dwellings are not eligible for the EV bicycle charging points incentive.
$1000 per fast, or $5,000 per super-fast electric vehicle charging point
Electric Vehicle ‘fast’ or ‘super charge Charging Points
Electric vehicles are a convenient and effective way to decarbonise your journey to work or trip to the shops.
An electric vehicle (car) can be either a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
1. ‘Level 2’ AC fast charging electric vehicle charging point/s installations are eligible for 50% up to $1,000 per plug / socket when:
- A fast charging EV point comprising a J1772 or 62196 Type 2 ‘Mennekes’ plug or socket (Australian Standard only once finalised) has been installed for the purpose of charging electric vehicles; and
- The EV fast charging point has a 5 kW to <20 kW charge rate.
2. ‘Level 3 or 4’ AC or DC super-fast charging electric vehicle charging point/s installed are eligible for 50% up to $5,000 per plug / socket when:
- A super-fast charging EV point has been installed for the purpose of charging electric vehicles (Australian Standard only once finalised); and
- The EV super-fast charging point has a >20 kW charge rate.
DOWNLOAD: Electric Vehicle ‘fast’ or ‘super charge Charging Points Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
EV charging point eligibility:
- Commercial carparks and private dwellings are eligible for the ‘Level 2’ or ‘Level 3-4’ charging points
- All applicants installing EV charging points in categories ‘Level 2’ or ‘Level 3-4’ will be eligible to apply for a pre-installation commitment.
- Photographs are required to be submitted in these applications.
- Each site is eligible for a rebate per charging point in the same installation.
$5,000 per financial year for energy efficiency upgrades in apartment buildings
Energy Smart Apartments
The savings from undertaking one-off energy projects in apartment buildings are a great way to manage rising body corporate fees. Eligible buildings may apply for energy smart apartments incentive to implement energy efficiency measures in common property areas of apartment blocks.
The energy efficiency measures implemented in each application will be eligible for:
- 20% of the installed cost up to a maximum of $3,000
- 20c per kWh of annual energy savings up to a maximum of $2,000
The cost-based incentive payment and energy savings incentive payment will be applied independently of each other; therefore the total available incentive is $5000 per financial year.
DOWNLOAD: Energy Smart Apartments Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
Energy smart apartment eligibility:
- Contact Council to discuss your project, to determine whether supporting information may be required by an energy audit or report as conducted by an accredited assessor, suitably qualified engineer or equivalent.
- Incentives will not fund maintenance, like-for-like replacements or standard upgrades.
- An energy audit or report prepared by an accredited energy assessor, suitably qualified engineer or equivalent may be required for complex energy efficiency measures or to clarify projected savings.
- Supporting information for energy efficiency measures proposed must be provided, including: the cost of the measure (s); energy savings (annual MJ or kWh); and annual financial savings.
- All energy smart apartment applications are eligible to apply for a pre-installation commitment.
$2,500 for office tenants involved in CitySwitch who undertake a NABERS rating
CitySwitch Green Office
The CitySwitch Green Office program provides information, networking and support to help office tenancies reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions. A key platform for office tenancies under Carbon Neutral Adelaide, participating businesses are reducing their energy expenses and receive recognition for their efforts.
With sponsorship from the City of Adelaide, the program is free to join and promotes businesses and organisations committing to achieving and maintaining at least a 4 star NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) Energy tenancy rating. NABERS rates the energy efficiency of buildings and tenancies from 1 to 6 stars, with 6 stars representing exceptional energy efficiency.
City of Adelaide sponsored rebates of 50% up to a maximum of $2,500 are available to office tenants participating in the CitySwitch Green Office program who undertake an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating.
DOWNLOAD: CitySwitch Green Office Rebate Application Form for terms and conditions
For further information see: cityofadelaide.com.au/your-council/funding/cityswitch-green-office