Sustainability Incentives Scheme

About the scheme

From 1 July, the Sustainability Incentives Scheme will provide a range of rebates that build on the City of Adelaide's previous national firsts in supporting community investment in sustainable technologies. 

The scheme has been updated to keep Adelaide at the forefront of technology and trends for low-carbon living.

The incentives listed on this page were approved by Council on 25 June 2019.

Sustainability Incentive Scheme recipients are playing their part in Adelaide's shared goal of a carbon neutral city. 

If you are looking into some upgrades at work or considering improvements at home, see what rebate might be right for you.

Please note: the 2018-2019 scheme closed on 24 June 2019, as such the City of Adelaide is no longer accepting applications under those scheme criteria. 

What is funding available for?

  • 20% up to $1,000 for 1.5 kW to ≤ 10 kW
  • 20% up to $2,500 for > 10 kW to ≤ 20 kW
  • 20 kW.20% up to $5,000 for > 20 kW
  • 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)
  • 50% up to $500 for smart systems that control approved appliances on the property (eg pool pumps, hot water, underfloor heating and electric vehicle charging)
  • 25% up to $1,000 for an energy management system that controls four or more electric vehicle charging stations
  • 50% up to $10,000 for an energy managment system that controls four or more electric vehicle charging stations with virtual power plant cababilities
  • 50% up to $250 for an electric bicycle charging station
  • 50% up to $1,000 for electric vehicle one-way charging station (7 kW to ≤ 50 kW)
  • 50% up to $5,000 for electric vehicle two-way charging station (7 kW to ≤ 50 kW) or electric vehicle charging station (> 50 kW)
  • 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 carbon neutral certification
  • 50% up to $2,500 for a single NABERS or Green Star Rating
  • 50% up to $5,000 for multiple NABERS or Green Star Ratings
  • 20% up to $5,000 per year for energy efficiency measures in common property areas
  • 25% up to $1,000 for upgrade or installation of solar hot water system
  • 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 overview

Owner/occupied residential houses

Eligible for all relevant rebates except for solar PV systems and energy storage

Private landlords and concession card holders who own residential houses

Eligible for all relevant rebates

Apartment buildings

Eligible for all relevant rebates

Small business

Eligible for all relevant rebates

Multi-storey commercial

Eligible for all relevant rebates

Non-profit, community and sporting clubs

Eligible for all relevant rebates

Education and government

Not eligible for any rebates


For some larger projects, pre-commitments will be available under certain conditions, to provide greater investment certainty to applicants.

The detailed requirements for each incentive type will be posted here, when available.

How to apply

The full criteria, forms and procedures for applying will be posted on this webpage in the first quarter of financial year 2019-2020.

If you are interested in applying, please provide your details to us at [email protected] and we will inform you of when you can apply.

Discontinued Rebates

Due to maturation in the market, and the introduction of complementary schemes, like the Government's Home Battery Scheme, some rebates are beign scaled back or stopped including the residential energy storage, LED replacements, and energy monitoring systems.

The Government of South Australia announced the Home Battery Scheme in 2018. See more about the Home Battery Scheme.

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