Environmental Grants and Rebates
Green Home Loans
Green Loans is a new Australian Government initiative to help Australians tackle climate change and to assist Australian families to install solar, water saving and energy efficient products in established homes.
The Green Loans Program starts on 1 July 2009.
Green Loans has two main components:
- a free Home Sustainability Assessment and report (valued at over $250)
- access to a 4-year interest free Green Loan subsidy of up to $10,000, to implement changes recommended in the assessment report.
For further details and to register for a Home Sustainability Assessment click here to visit the Departments website.
Energy and Water Rebates
The Australian Government through the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts is providing a range of rebate programs, including:
- Energy Efficient Homes Package
- Solar Panels
- Green Loans
For more information about these programs click here to visit the Department's website.
Free Ceiling Insulation
Ceiling insulation is an integral part of the Energy Efficient Homes Package and includes assistance:
- Up to the value of $1,600 through the Homeowner Insulation Program, and
- Up to the value of $1,000 through the Low Emission Assistance Plan for Renters.
The formal program is in effect from 1 July 2009 and new procedures replace those under the early installation guidelines that operated from 3 February 2009 to 30 June 2009.
Click here to find out more or call the Energy Efficient Homes Hotline on 1800 808 571.
To register as an approved provider to install insulation click here.
National Solar Schools Program
The National Solar Schools Program is designed to help Australian schools take practical action to tackle climate change by offering grants of up to $50,000 (GST exclusive) to install solar power systems, rainwater tanks and a range of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.
Government and non-government schools are eligible for a grant under this program if they are state registered primary and/or secondary schools and eligible to receive Australian Government general recurrent grants payments under the Schools Assistance (Learning Together - Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Act 2004.
The program closes on 30 June 2015.
For more information click here to visit the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts website.
Water Conservation Rebate
South Australians can now access an even wider range of rebates for water saving devices, including hot water recirculators and pool covers and rollers.
The new scheme also includes an increased value in the rebate for water saving garden goods and a change to the washing machine rebates.
- water efficient washing machine
- water efficient garden goods
- water efficient showerheads
- dual flush toilet
- home water audit from a registered plumber
- rainwater tanks
- hot water recirculators
- pool covers and rollers
For more information on SA Waters Home Rebates, visit the SA Water website or call the SA Water Rebates Hotline on 1800 130 952.
Solar Panel Rebates
On May 8 2007 the Federal Government announced $150 million in additional funding for solar technology as part of the 2007-2008 budget. This additional funding will support a doubling of the current rebate for solar panels on homes. The rebate increases to $8 per Watt up to a maximum of $8000.
Changes to the Photovoltaic Rebate Program (as announced 8 May 2008):
All new homeowner applications received on or after 9 May 2007 will be eligible for the new rebate level of up to $8,000 subject to conditions as described in the current application form and guidelines. System installation should not commence prior to notification of approval. Rebates will not be paid for installations or extensions to systems that have received the previous maximum rebate benefit that applied at the time. Homeowners with applications submitted and/or approved before 9 May 2007, and who wish to review their application, should discuss their options with their installer.
For more information visit the Department of Transport, Energy & Infrastructure website or call the information line on 1800 808 571.
Solar Hot Water Rebates
The SA State Government's Solar Hot Water Rebate Scheme was introduced on 1 July 2001 to promote sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with water heating. The scheme provides for rebates up to $700 on the cost of a new solar hot water system purchased and installed in South Australia that complies with the program's guidelines.
For further information visit the Department of Transport, Energy & Infrastructure website or contact the Energy Division Advisory Service on (08) 8204 1888 or Freecall 1800 671 907 (Country Callers only).
Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Vehicle Scheme
The Australian Government has established the LPG Vehicle Scheme to assist private use motorists with the purchase of a new LPG vehicle or the conversion of a new or used petrol or diesel vehicle to LPG.
Two different grants are available:
- 1. A grant of $2,000 will be paid following the LPG conversion of a new or used petrol or diesel motor vehicle
- 2. A grant of $2,000 will be paid following the purchase of a new motor vehicle with an LPG unit fitted at the time of manufacture of the vehicle. This grant was recently increased from $1,000 to $2,000 in November 2008
The grants are available to registered owners of a new vehicle with an LPG unit fitted at the time of manufacture of the vehicle or registered owners who have a new or used petrol or diesel vehicle converted to LPG on or after August 2006.
The vehicle must be registered in your name at the time of LPG conversion, or for new cars, at the time you purchased your new LPG vehicle.
For more information on this scheme visit the Australian Industry website or call the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46.
Mitcham Community Grants
The City of Mitcham Grants offers grants of up to $1,500 to eligible community groups and organisations to undertake Community Development Projects. This covers a range of areas including environmental improvement, which is for projects aimed at:
- enhanced biodiversity
- improved waterways
- reduced energy consumption
- encouragement of eco-friendly transport options
- encouragement of innovative land management practices
- encouragement of innovative waste minimisation practices
- encouragement of eco-tourist development
For more information visit our Community Grants page.