Helping low-income households access solar in NSW

Origin’s committed to making solar and energy more affordable for all Australians. That’s why we’re working with the NSW Government to provide free* 3 kilowatt solar systems to eligible low-income households in selected NSW locations.

A solar system can help you save up to $600 a year on your household electricity bills. That’s up to twice as much as the Low Income Household Rebate of $285 a year.

Origin is an approved installer for the NSW Government’s Solar for Low Income Households offer. We provide free, fully installed 3 kilowatt (kW) solar systems for eligible low income households in the following locations:

  • Illawarra-Shoalhaven (eligible postcodes)
  • Central Coast (eligible postcodes)
  • Greater Sydney local government areas: Bayside, Burwood, Campbelltown City, Canterbury-Bankstown, Georges River, Liverpool City, Strathfield Municipal and Sutherland Shire councils.

The offer is also available for eligible households in the North Coast and South Coast regions.

For households on a lower income, cost-of-living pressures can mean that solar is generally unaffordable. The offer aims to improve access to solar for those in the community who will benefit the most from reduced electricity bills.        

Kerina from the Illawarra-Shoalhaven region applied for the offer to save money on her energy bills.

“I wouldn’t be able to afford solar panels by myself outside of the program,” said Kerina, “and for people in my situation who have bought a home but don’t have a big chunk of money to spend on solar, it’s just great.”

Homeowners with a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card, who live in an eligible location, and receive the NSW Government’s Low Income Household Rebate are eligible to participate in the offer. However, they will need to give up the annual $285 rebate on their electricity bill for 10 years. 

Participating homeowners can also choose to upsize* from the standard 3kW solar system to a larger 6kW system, but need to cover the additional costs. And that’s just what Illawarra-Shoalhaven resident Michael decided to do.

“I always wanted to get solar but being on the pension means it’s hard to get a decent system installed,” said Michael. “It’s been a great opportunity to get the 3kW system for free, and I paid the extra to get the 6kW system installed – I knew I wanted to upgrade straight away.

I was more interested in going green than energy-cost savings, but saving money is obviously another benefit.”

Are you eligible?

The offer is currently available for low-income households in eligible postcodes in selected NSW locations.

Here are the eligibility criteria:

  • Currently receive the Low Income Household Rebate
  • Agree not to receive the rebate for ten years (remembering that you could save up to $600 per year on your electricity bills with solar)
  • Hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold Card
  • Own your house
  • Not already have a solar PV system
  • Live in one of the following NSW locations: regional NSW (eligible postcodes in the Central Coast, North Coast, Illawarra-Shoalhaven, and South Coast) or Greater Sydney (eligible local government areas).

Note: If you’re not the registered homeowner but your spouse is, your household may still be eligible.

How you can get involved

It’s simple – all you need to do is visit the website, check if you’re eligible, and apply online. You could be one step closer to a free solar system in just a few clicks.

*You can choose to upsize your system to a maximum of 6 kilowatts, but you must pay for all costs associated with upsizing. You will also require a smart meter to be installed. Find out more about Origin’s smart meter process.

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