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Solar Savers Adelaide


The Solar Savers Adelaide Program provided up front funding for the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems on eligible low-income and rental residential properties. Participating properties had ~2kW solar PV energy system installed on their property and Council is recovering the costs from participating property owners through a separate rate charge.

The program was designed to address barriers to accessing solar PV, including: a lack of access to upfront capital to purchase and install solar PV systems; lack of clarity and trust in the solar market; as well as a split incentive between landlords and tenants. The Solar Savers Adelaide Program increased uptake of solar PV in residential properties within the City of Adelaide by 86kW.

Key steps

In April 2016, Council sought registrations of interest and feedback from residents and landlords for Solar Savers Adelaide. The program was endorsed by Council in October 2016.

58 properties met the eligibility criteria and of these, 40 properties signed Property Owner Agreements.

On 25 July 2017 Council declared the separate rates for the 40 properties that signed Property Owner Agreements to take part in the program.

Further information

Installations on Stage 1 properties were completed in early 2018.

  • For information on the program design and archived material on the consultation process, visit Your Say Adelaide.  
  • If you own or live in a Solar Savers property, you can go to Solar Savers Properties for information about the energy monitoring system and living with solar. Note: you will need to register (for free) to see the page. 

Other Solar Savers Schemes

Darebin City Council Victoria

Darebin City Council has run two phases of their Solar Savers Scheme, with a third planned for 2019.

  • See a case study of Solar Savers Darebin
  • Watch a video about Solar Savers Darebin


Solar Savers Victoria is a partnership between not-for-profit greenhouse alliances and local councils, funded by the Victorian Government. Solar Savers is being progressively rolled out across participating councils from March 2017 to 2019. See the program inception information.


Sustainability Program
Phone: 8203 7203
Available: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
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Program Partners

Image of Cool or Cost Total Energy Solutions

Cool or Cosy ® Pty Ltd under Homeworks Electrical Services was selected as the solar provider for the delivery of the Solar Savers Adelaide Program. 

Cool or Cosy is a South Australian owned company, who own Tindo, a South Australian solar panel manufacturing company. 

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