Solar for low income households

The NSW Government is trialling a new way to help people on low incomes with their power bills, installing free solar systems for up to 3,000 eligible households. The program will open for applications later in 2019.

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

A 3kW solar system will be provided to eligible households that agree to not receive the Low Income Household Rebate.

By participating in the trial, you could save up to $300 a year on your electricity bill.

To be eligible for this trial you must:

  • currently be receiving the Low Income Household Rebate
  • not already have a solar system installed
  • own your house and roof
  • hold a Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card
  • live in one of these areas:
                o          Central Coast
                o          North Coast
                o          Sydney – South
                o          Illawarra – Shoalhaven
                o          South Coast

Check this list of postcodes to see if your area is eligible

If you rent or live in a retirement village or strata building unfortunately you are not eligible for this trial.

Please note: We have not yet announced the solar installers for this program. If an installer contacts you and attempts to sell you rooftop solar as part of this program, they do not represent the NSW Government. Please solarforlowincome.program [at] (report) any fraudulent activity to us immediately. You can also report them to NSW Fair Trading

How can I learn more?

Fill out this form if you want to:

  • subscribe for updates on the program
  • find out more information
  • ask a question

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