The South Australia state government is now encouraging owners and builders of new homes to install rooftop solar and battery storage systems to deliver substantial savings on their electricity bills.
The state government has now made available the $100 million home battery scheme to new homes, and will allow 12 months – rather than the standard 6 months – for the battery to be installed to take into account the longer lead times of home construction.
The offering will be made available through a range of different retailers and providers who can aggregate the solar and batteries as part of their various “virtual power plants” that offer revenue from providing energy and grid services to the main grid when needed.
The state government is targeting more than 40,000 homes through its scheme, and so far has signed up more than 6,000.
One of Australia’s leading suppliers of building products to the residential building industry – Stoddart Group – will use the Government’s subsidy to install 2000 solar and battery systems on new homes built in South Australia this year and more than 10,000 over four years.
Stoddart’s SA partners, including Metricon Homes, Rivergum Homes, Sterling Homes, Hickinbotham, SA Housing Centre, Statesmen Homes, ABC Homes and Metro Homes, will offer a 6.5kW solar system with 11.6kWh SolaX Power battery at no additional cost.