Solar for low income households

The Solar for low income households trial enables eligible households to access affordable clean energy by providing them free solar systems. These free solar systems can help to cut household electricity bills by up to $600 per year. Eligible households must meet specific criteria and reside in one of the five trial regions outlined below.

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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
  • live in one of the following regions:
                o          Central Coast
                o          North Coast
                o          Sydney – South
                o          Illawarra – Shoalhaven
                o          South Coast
  • if you are not the registered homeowner, but your spouse is, you may be considered eligible collectively as a household.


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.

To apply you will need:

  • a Council rates notice or similar evidence to confirm that you own your home
  • a recent electricity bill to confirm that you are receiving the Low Income Household Rebate
  • an image of your Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Card to confirm it is valid and up to date.

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.

Read about how our approved installers have implemented safe measures to respond to COVID-19 here.

Case studies

Read more here  about how solar savings took the sting out of a difficult year for Dave and Isobel.

Watch more here about why Bob took up the offer of a free solar system through the trial to access renewable energy and save on power bills. 

Other ways to save on your electricity and
gas bills 

To help you more easily compare energy deals, visit Energy Made Easy. This is a free service to find the best available plans for your household based on your energy usage.


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 2021