Free home solar program for locals

Free home solar program for locals

THE NSW Government is currently trialing an exciting new way to assist people on low incomes with their power bills.

The program will see free 3kW solar systems installed on up to 3000 eligible households in place of the Low-Income Household Rebate.

It is being run by SAE Group and it aims to improve energy affordability by helping households unlock long terms savings on their electricity bills.

SAE Group Managing Director Glen Ashton outlined the groundbreaking new program to consumers.

“While this means you will no longer receive the $285 annual rebate on your electricity bill, you could receive up to $600 in savings per year from your new solar system.” 

“The program is only available to a limited number of households that live in the region and meet the eligibility criteria,” Mr Ashton said.

“When participating in this program households will receive a free, fully installed 3kW solar system in place of their Low-Income Household Rebate,” he said. 

SAE Group are the only approved provider, designing and installing solar systems to eligible homes across NSW.

To be eligible you must:

  • Currently be receiving the Low-Income Household Rebate.
  • Agree not to receive the rebate for 10 years.
  • Own your own home.
  • Not already have a solar PV system.
  • Live in the North Coast of NSW.
  • Hold a valid Pensioner Concession Card or a Department of Veteran Affairs Gold Card

If you are not the registered homeowner, but your spouse is, you may be considered eligible collectively as a household.

Mr Ashton said a 3kW system was designed to generate an average of 12.6kwh per day.

“This will deliver electricity savings depending on each household’s energy consumption.”

“We know electricity bills continue to place a lot of pressure on households and we are pleased to be working with the NSW Government to help ease the pressure on low-income households.”

SAE Group is a Clean Energy Council Approved Retailer and hold accreditations ISO 9001, AS/NZS4801 for safety and quality systems as well as being Gold Accredited Master Electricians.

‘Safety is paramount to us and it is our goal to ensure we provide quality solar systems to eligible households that will deliver ongoing savings for many years to come,” Mr Ashton said. 

For details visit: This allows consumers to check their eligibility and apply online. Alternatively, visit or phone SAE Group on 02 66 389 439. The Solar for Low Income Household Trial is supported by the NSW Government.

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