Small-scale renewable energy generation refers to systems commonly installed and used in households and small businesses, such as solar panel systems, small-scale wind and hydro systems, solar water heaters and air source heat pumps.
The South Australian government supports the development of the rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) industry and has introduced the Home Battery Scheme which gives all grid-connected South Australians access to state government subsidies and low-interest loans – provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – to help pay for a home battery system and new solar if required.
The Energy Advisory Service can provide general information about installing solar panels or battery storage and the Office of the Technical Regulator can be contacted about safety concerns relating to a solar or battery installation.
Some local government organisations offer rebates for small-scale generation and battery storage. Contact your local council for more information.