Federal Government Small-Scale Technology Certificates Scheme (STCs)
Apricus solar hot water systems qualify for the federal governments Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) scheme. STCs can be applied for eligible solar water heaters and/or air source heat pumps. If you install an eligible system, you are entitled to a financial incentive relative to the amount of electricity generated or saved.
Each STC is equivalent to 1MWh (megawatt hour) of:
- electricity displaced by the installation of a solar water heater or air source heat pump.
What Is The Current STC Price?
The scheme is market-based, meaning that the STC price is variable and can change on a weekly or monthly basis.
It is advisable to check the value of the STC’s at the time of installation.
See the STC calculator here
How Long Do I Have To Claim An STC Rebate?
Home owners can claim STCs after they have had their Apricus system installed provided this is completed within 12 months after the installation date.
Solar Victoria Rebate (Solar Hot Water)
Currently, the Victorian Government is providing a rebate of up to $1,000 on eligible Apricus solar hot water systems.
This rebate is a great option for households where solar panels (PV) might not be suitable, or for households that already have solar panels (PV) installed.
Victorian household owners are eligible to receive a rebate under the Solar Homes Program for their Apricus system if:
- they are the owner-occupier of the property
- all owners have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per annum (based on their Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment for the last two years)
- it is an existing property, valued at under $3 million
- the hot water system to be replaced is at least three years old from the date of purchase
- they have not received a solar PV rebate or a battery rebate under the Solar Homes program
- the property is not a new build
- the property address has not received a rebate under the Solar Homes Program
- the solar (or heat pump) hot water system is on the Solar Homes program approved products list
- properties that are connected to reticulated natural gas, without solar PV greater than 2.5kW, can only install gas-booster solar hot water systems (see the Approved products page for more information)
Once you’re confident that your property meets the eligibility criteria, you can start the process by applying for an eligibility number.
Victorian energy efficiency certificates (VEECs) are electronic certificates created under the program when certain energy efficiency activities are undertaken in residential or non-residential premises. Each VEEC certificate represents one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions reduction (CO2-e).
The installation of an Apricus Solar Hot Water system may attract the VEEC rebate. It is advisable to discuss your eligibility with your Apricus Solar Specialist or installer.
ESS Rebates (NSW)
How Scheme works
The NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) provides financial incentives to install, improve or replace energy savings equipment and appliances in NSW households and businesses. Financial incentives are in the form of tradeable certificates, called energy savings certificates (ESCs). Generally, householders and businesses who fund energy savings activities transfer the right to create ESCs to Accredited Certificate Providers (ACPs) in return for a discount on the cost of the energy savings activity. The notional megawatt hours attributed to energy savings activities determines the number of ESCs that can be created. To learn more, please refer to https://www.ess.nsw.gov.au/Home/About-ESS/Overview-of-the-ESS
List of eligible products
Solar and heat pump water heaters have become eligible under this scheme as of 21st of April 2022. List of Products Accepted for HEER Method is available here which may be updated from time to time: https://www.ess.nsw.gov.au/Home/Document-Search/Reports/List-of-Products-Accepted-for-HEER-Method/List-of-Products-Accepted-for-HEER-Method &
List of Approved ACPs
Only Accredited Certificate Providers can create ESCs.
The list of approved Accredited Certificate Providers and certificates are available here: https://www.ess.nsw.gov.au/Householders-and-businesses/List-of-ACPs
We recommend working with Green Energy Trading: https://greenenergytrading.com.au/
How to apply for the rebate
To be eligible for this rebate, the homeowner MUST sign up with an approved ACP upfront PRIOR to system installation:
- To sign up with Green Energy Trading, please go to the website and sign up to the fully online certificate portal – Geo – available at this link: https://greenenergytrading.com.au/geosignup
- There are a few crucial requirements that must be met PRIOR to an installation taking place, and therefore, the system owners/installers/dealers must be signed up with an ACP (or accredited themselves) before they can commence installing any hot water products. Any installations completed without some of the pre-installation requirements being met will mean those installation is never eligible for ESCs.
- When the installation is signed up, the Geo platform will calculate ESCs for the eligible installation and offer current trading prices for those Certificates.
Process for the Apricus Solar Hot Water Installations
There are three easy steps to apply for a Solar Hot Water rebate.
Home owners should not install a solar hot water system until your eligibility has been approved by Solar Victoria – with the exception of emergency installations. If you install your solar hot water system before your eligibility is approved, you will not receive a rebate.
Step 1 – Obtain a quote
Seek out a quote for your solar hot water installation. You should advise your retailer you intend to apply for the Solar Homes rebate.
Obtaining a quote is necessary to apply for an eligibility number, which your installer will use to confirm that they can go ahead with your installation.
Solar Victoria does not recommend signing a quote acceptance or paying a deposit prior to receiving your rebate eligibility confirmation. As a minimum you should confirm with your retailer that any deposit is fully refundable.
Step 2 – Apply for eligibility
Solar Victoria will provide you with an eligibility pack containing documents that will need to be completed. Once you have completed all the documents, you will need to return all the documents and attachments to Solar Victoria via the secure link provided.
Solar Victoria will then assess your application and inform you and your solar (or heat pump) hot water system provider on whether the application has been approved.
Step 3 – Get the system installed
Once you have received confirmation of approval by Solar Victoria, you will be able to arrange the installation of the system with your solar (or heat pump) hot water provider.
Please note that the program requires the installation of an approved product and depending on your situation you may be only able to obtain a rebate for a gas boosted solar hot water system.
The rebate will be paid directly to your provider and deducted from your invoice – ensuring you only pay any outstanding balance once the system is installed.
Please note: The Solar Homes rebate for Solar Hot Water is calculated after any other discounts have been applied (including STC and VEEC) and is up to the value of $1000.
Solar Rebate FAQ’s
Your solar hot water system is eligible if it is listed in the Essential Services Commission Register of Solar Water Heaters. For Solar Water Heaters, the VEET Activity that corresponds to your system will be either;
- 1E – Water Heater – Electric Boosted Solar or Heat Pump
- 1F & 3B – Water Heater – Gas/LPG Boosted Solar Clicking the Search button after selecting the appropriate VEET Activity will show all approved systems that are on the register.
A VEEC is a Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificate that represents the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in tonnes that would be displaced by the use of the solar water heater.
STCs must be claimed within 12 months of the installation of an eligible system.
- Find an STCs trading company that you are happy with
- Download a solar water heating form for STCs from a STCs trading company.
- Complete the form and collect the specified supporting documentation (a list can be found within the form).
- Submit your form and documentation to the STCs trading company of your choice to receive your financial benefit.
An STC is a small-scale technology certificate which represents the amount of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) that would be displaced by the use of the solar water heater over its lifetime of up to 10 years. One STC is equivalent to one MWh of electricity offset by the solar water heater.