Sustainability Incentives Scheme

About the scheme

The City of Adelaide provides financial incentives for sustainable technology installation in apartments, houses and commercial buildings, to improve energy and water performance. This can have the added benefit of reducing costs, cutting carbon emissions and increasing the value of the property.

Rebates for commercial properties and apartments

The following rebates are available to be claimed before 30 June 2021:

  • Up to $5,000 for commercial solar systems
  • Up to $20,000 per site ($500 per premise) for shared solar systems that provide electricity to multiple spaces
  • Up to $5000 for electric vehicle charging equipment (cars and bikes)
  • Up to $10,000 available for advanced electric vehicle charging technology providing virtual power plant capability
  • Up to $2,500 available to support carbon neutral certification for each of the steps of a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, an audit and preparing a reduction strategy
  • Up to $5,000 for NABERS or Green Star Ratings
  • Up to $500 for smart electricity management systems that optimise solar power or access ‘off peak’ tariffs.

If you are planning a large future project, ask us about pre-commitment funding to give you funding certainty, for:

  • Carbon neutral certifications (required)
  • Shared solar (recommended)
  • Vehicle to grid virtual power plants (recommended)

Rebates for households and landlords

The following rebates are available to be claimed before 30 June 2021:

  • Up to $5000 for solar pv systems for concession/senior card holders and tenanted households.
  • Up to $5000 for electric vehicle charging equipment (cars and bikes)
  • Up to $1000 for solar hot water systems
  • Up to $5000 for rainwater tanks
  • Up to $500 for electricity management systems to access off-peak electricity.

If you have installed one of these systems in the last 12 months, now is a great time to claim. Fill in the relevant application form, scan it and email it back with the relevant attachments.

Please feel free to contact the team with any questions via email or phone 8203 7203.

Application forms, eligibility and conditions

  • 20% up to $1,000 for 1.5 kW to < 10 kW
  • 20% up to $2,500 for > 10 kW to < 20 kW
  • 20% up to $5,000 for > 20 kW

Eligibility: businesses, non-profit, community and sporting clubs, residential landlord and concession card holders only

Download application form

  • Up to $20,000 per site (with a maximum of $500 per premise, not exceeding 20% of installation costs) – for sharing solar electricity in multi-storey premises (> 20 kW)

Eligibility: apartments and multi-storey commercial buildings

Download application form

  • 50% up to $5,000 for energy storage systems

Eligibility: businesses, multi-storey commercial and non-profit community and sporting organisations.

Download application form

  • 50% up to $500 for adding a smart system that directs surplus onsite renewable energy to a hot water storage tank on the property - using technology called a 'PV hot water diverter'
  • 50% up to $500 for electrical work required to transfer certain appliances to a 'controlled load' circuit (pool pumps, hot water, underfloor heating and electric vehicle charging)

Eligibility: all residential, commercial and non-profit

Download application form

About controlled load

Certain appliances that pull large, steady amounts of electrical current at certain times of the day are called 'controlled load'. These are electric hot water, underfloor heating, or pool heating that are usually timed to run overnight. These types of appliances can be moved to an off-peak tariff, to help save money on bills. This means the appliances will not run when electricity costs are higher, at peak times of the day.

The City of Adelaide will provide rebates to help cover the cost of electrical work to transfer these appliances to an off-peak tariff. If you have solar panels installed, we will provide rebates to help cover the installation of a system that diverts extra electricity from your solar power system to hot water storage.

Learn more about controlled load: 

Disclaimer: City of Adelaide makes no guarantee to the accuracy of information on third party websites.

To find energy service providers, search the Carbon Neutral Adelaide directory for energy service providers (select “Energy systems and solutions”). Alternatively, contact a licensed electrician. 

  • 50% up to $250 for electric bicycle charging station/s
  • 50% up to $1,000 for electric vehicle one-way charging station/s (7 kW to < 50 kW)
  • 50% up to $5,000 for electric vehicle two-way charging station/s (7 kW to < 50 kW)
  • 50% up to $5,000 for electric vehicle charging station/s (> 50 kW)

Eligibility: residential, commercial and non-profit

Download application form

  • 25% up to $1,000 for a stand-alone system
  • 50% up to $10,000 for an advanced system with virtual power plant capabilities

Eligibility: residential, commercial and non-profit

Download application form

  • 25% up to $5,000 for preparing a greenhouse gas inventory
  • 25% up to $2,500 for an independent audit of a greenhouse gas inventory
  • 50% up to $2,500 for preparing an emissions reduction strategy
  • 50% up to $2,500 for NABERS/ Green Star Rating for carbon neutral certification

Eligibility: organisations, precincts, events, buildings

Download application form

  • 50% up to $5,000 for NABERS or Green Star Ratings

Eligibility: residential, commercial, non-profit and office tenants

Download application form

  • 25% up to $5,000 for energy efficiency upgrades to common area lighting, ventilation, water pumps, water heaters or lifts

Download application form

  • 25% up to $1,000 for upgrade or installation of a solar hot water system or heat pump, if replacing instantaneous electric

Eligibility: residential, commercial and non-profit

Download application form

  • 50% up to $500 for a rainwater tank larger than 2,000 L – plumbed into a single premise
  • 50% up to $5,000 for a rainwater tank - plumbed into common areas

Eligibility: residential, commercial and non-profit

Download application form

How to claim

Download the application form, fill it in and email it back with attachments or post them to us.

Please read the sections before you apply, how to apply and eligibility criteria and conditions.

The owners, tenant or property manager with authorisation must sign the application declaration.

Forms can be scanned and emailed to the incentives team at City of Adelaide, posted to the address on the form, or delivered to the Customer Centre.

Please feel free to contact the team with any questions via email or phone 8203 7203.

Did you know? City of Adelaide was the first jurisdiction in Australia to offer incentives for energy storage (batteries) to accompany solar power.