Empowering Homes

The Empowering Homes Program will support the installation of up to 300,000 solar-battery systems across the state over the next 10 years. The program will provide interest-free loans to eligible NSW residents to install battery and solar-battery systems. Test.

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

The program aims to unlock up to $3.2 billion in clean energy investment, adding up to 3,000 megawatt hours of storage into the NSW energy system when complete. It will help create jobs, reduce emissions, increase system security and reliability, and place downward pressure on energy costs.

It is expected that the first battery or solar-battery systems will be available for installation in summer 2019/2020.

Provide your feedback

On 15 July we released a market sounding paper to provide further details about the program and seek feedback on the proposed design and roll out. This paper is supported by a draft set of technical specifications that provide additional information on the proposed systems supported by the program. 

These documents can be downloaded below:

We welcome feedback from all interested parties to ensure the program achieves its objectives and meets the needs of NSW residents and businesses.

Please provide your responses by COB 9 August 2019 by completing the online survey

Alternatively, please download and complete the feedback form and email it to the program mailbox below.

If you have any questions about these documents or the program please email empoweringhomes [at] planning.nsw.gov.au.

Register your interest

Further information, including how to access the program, will be available later in the year.  

Please complete the below form if you would like to register your interest and receive updates about the program.

For further information about ways to reduce your energy bills, including advice on solar-battery systems visit Energy Saver NSW.