Rooftop solar trial for regional households

Get in quick – interest-free loans for solar and storage close 30th June

24 June, 2019 –

Installing a solar battery system could save you up to $600 a year, even after loan repayments.

It’s a great opportunity to cut your power bill and your emissions, by being able to store excess solar energy generated during the day to use at night.

144 solar-savvy Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley residents have already taken up the Queensland Government’s scheme, which closes on Sunday 30 June.

Toowoomba is already ranked fifth in the nation in the take-up of solar – in fact Queensland has four of the top five places, with Bundaberg first, Hervey Bay third, and Caloundra fourth.

Mandurah in Western Australia ranks second and is the only non-Queensland city in the top five.

So far, 69 of the solar and battery systems have already been installed, with the other applicants set to get theirs up and running within six months of receiving their approval.

The scheme offers grants of $3,000 for batteries and interest-free loans of up to $10,000 for rooftop solar panels and batteries.

The Palaszczuk Government is investing $21 million into this scheme, including $4.8 million in the 2019-20 Budget as part of Queensland’s Affordable Energy Plan, to help make solar and battery systems more affordable for around 4,000 families and small businesses across Queensland.

However, the clock is ticking, so, check your eligibility, get a quote from an approved supplier and apply before it’s too late.

Three assistance packages are available for: solar systems; battery systems; and combined solar and battery systems.

To apply:

  • Get a quote from an eligible supplier for an eligible system. You can find a list of eligible suppliers and eligible batteries online at
  • Apply online
  • Once approved, contact your supplier and get your system installed. (You cannot get it installed before approval or you’re not eligible.)
  • Get back online to have your approved dollar amount paid to your supplier.
  • You have six months from approval to get your system installed.