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:

  • 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 $5,000 for greenhouse gas inventory (plus additional up to $2,500 for other steps) towards carbon neutral certification for organisations, precincts, buildings or events
  • 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:

  • 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, 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 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.

In the community

An eye on the future and passion for being at the forefront of sustainability is evident in leading Adelaide architectural firm and Carbon Neutral Adelaide founding partner, Thomson Rossi. Their considered 2010 office conversion of a 1950s sawtooth-roof warehouse on Carrington Street boasts a range of green-features, including a 30kw solar system (supported by a City of Adelaide Council rebate), associated battery storage and low energy lighting. It also has an automated system to control the internal environment; when the temperature reaches a set point, the air-conditioning shuts down and the windows open to let in fresh air.

So when the time came for Thomson Rossi to replace their office share-car which ran on diesel, their attention turned naturally to electric vehicles.

“We looked at opportunities over a few years but we worried about the range,” said Thomson Rossi Director, Simon Thomson, referring to the distance an electric car can travel between charging. “We didn’t make the change until last year, when our solar installer mentioned the financial incentives available in City of Adelaide. We’d previously identified we needed a range of at least 300km and found a model that could give us that, giving us the confidence to switch.”

Thomson Rossi purchased a Hyundai Ioniq with a stated range of 311 kms*. They installed their own vehicle charger onsite, which was supported by a rebate through the City of Adelaide Sustainability Incentives Scheme.

The car is available to all staff through a booking system and the feedback from staff has been positive. The car is challenging perceptions that electric vehicles are great in theory but impractical in real life.

“It’s fun to drive, nippy and quick off the mark. It’s also convenient. We never have to go to a petrol station. We drive in, plug in and it’s ready to go the next day. We now have six or seven staff members who are seriously considering an EV as their next car. It’s a talking point with clients too – we let them take it for a drive and ask what they think. We like to demonstrate the car as a fun way to introduce EVs to a wide range of people.,” he said.

When asked about barriers, Simon acknowledged even with their desire to keep driving their sustainability agenda forward, the price premium for electric vehicles required a shift. The incentive for charging infrastructure was appealing.

“What could have been a $35,000 investment becomes more like $50,000, so the rebate helped. Interestingly though, where we thought it would take five to six years for the car to pay for itself, it’s now looking more like three to four. Coupled with the future expansion of the charging station network across South Australia and advent of two-way chargers (which allow the car to act as a back-up power source in the event of a blackout for properties on the grid) there are more reasons than ever to make the switch” said Simon.