Empowering Homes

About the program

The Empowering Homes program will provide interest-free loans for solar battery systems to eligible NSW residents. Over the next 10 years it will support the installation of up to 300,000 solar battery systems.

Loans of up to $14,000 for a solar battery system, or up to $9,000 for adding a battery to an existing solar system, will be available to owner-occupiers with an annual household income of up to $180,000. All applications will be subject to standard loan assessment criteria as part of the program requirements.

Over its life, the program will unlock up to $3.2 billion in clean energy investment and add up to 3,000 megawatt hours of storage into the NSW energy system. This will help create jobs, reduce emissions, increase system security and reliability, and place downward pressure on energy costs for everyone.

About the pilot 

Before rolling out the program across NSW, we are delivering a targeted pilot in the Hunter region.

The pilot will open in the first quarter of 2020 and run for up to 12 months. It will be available to eligible residents who live in the local government areas of: Cessnock; Dungog; Lake Macquarie; Maitland; Mid-Coast; Muswellbrook; Port Stephens; Singleton and Upper Hunter. A list of eligible postcodes will be published prior to the launch.

This pilot will test the program’s design, including risk mitigation strategies, and ensure we deliver an effective program that benefits participants and the people of NSW. The decision to launch the program as a pilot was made after extensive consultation with the community and industry. Once the pilot is complete, we aim to roll out the program across the state. 

We are partnering with experienced organisations to deliver the pilot. This approach will help us minimise cost and risk to the NSW taxpayer and ensure timely delivery. 

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at empoweringhomes [at] planning.nsw.gov.au.

More information

  • Visit Energy Saver NSW for information about ways to reduce your energy bills, including advice on solar battery systems.
  • See EnergySwitch to check your current electricity plan best meets your household’s needs. 
  • Complete the below form if you would like to register your interest and receive updates about the program.