Solar for low income households

Program update: How we are responding to COVID-19

We are committed to minimising any Coronavirus (COVID-19) risks to our staff, installers, customers and the community. All our approved installers have implemented measures to reduce the likelihood of coming into contact or spreading COVID-19. These include minimising face-to-face contact and maintaining physical distance, adhering to strict hygiene practices and responding quickly to updated information and instructions from the Federal and NSW Governments. This is likely to cause some delays to the program. Please contact your installer if you have any questions or concerns around the controls they are implementing and the status of your application.

The Government response to COVID-19 is evolving quickly and as the guidance changes our approach may change. Visit for up to date information on COVID-19 and how to keep yourself safe.


Woman and dog in front of house with solar panels in regional NSW.


We are trialling a new way of helping people on low incomes reduce their electricity bills by installing 3 kilowatt solar systems on their homes.

Who is eligible?

This trial is only available to up to 3000 low-income households in selected NSW regions.

To be eligible you need to meet the criteria, this includes:

  • currently getting the Low Income Household Rebate
  • agreeing not to get the rebate for ten years
  • hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card
  • own your house
  • not already have a solar PV system
  • not live in a retirement village or strata building
  • use at least 3600 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in a year
  • live in one of the following regions:
                o          Central Coast
                o          North Coast
                o          Sydney – South
                o          Illawarra – Shoalhaven
                o          South Coast


The process

  1. You apply online.
  2. We pass your details to the solar installer.
  3. The solar installer gets in touch to assess your house.
  4. The solar installer organises your contract and installation.
  5. Your solar system is set up and you’re moved off the rebate.

Before applying

You must read the program guide before applying. It has important information about the eligibility criteria and your role and responsibilities in the program. It will help you decide if installing solar is the right choice for you.

How to apply

  1. Select the ‘apply here’ button (google chrome preferred browser).
  2. Sign up with your email address and create a password.
  3. Answer the questions to check your eligibility.

Apply here

Solar installer information

The installers for the five regions are:

North Coast SAE Group 6638 9439
Central Coast Origin Energy 1300 791 468
Sydney – South Origin Energy 1300 791 468
Illawarra – Shoalhaven Origin Energy 1300 791 468
South Coast SolarHub 4488 4220

The three installers are responsible for supplying and installing the solar systems.

No other companies have been authorised to carry out installations as part of this program.


If you have any further questions about this program, you can:

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will keep your personal information for the sole purpose of emailing you updates about the Solar for Low Income Households trial.

Privacy notice

Please see the program’s privacy notice here.

Page last updated on 26 March 2020