Everything You Need To Know About The Empowering Homes Program

By E-Smart Solar

3 months ago

Have you been interested in solar energy but concerned about the cost? The Empowering Homes Program is intended to provide an interest-free loan for homeowners looking to install a solar battery system. Either $14,000 can be used to install a solar PV and battery system or $9,000 can be used to put a battery system on an existing PV.

We’ll show you how to find out if you qualify for the empowering homes program and explain the application process.

Why should you apply for the Empowering Homes Program

Solar energy isn’t just more sustainable; it’s more affordable. By installing a solar system and battery, you’ll be able to produce and store solar energy. This will reduce your reliance on external energy sources and consequently save you money on your utilities. NSW’s Empowering Homes Program is designed to help people become more sustainable and self-sufficient, while also cutting down on their monthly energy bills.

Who is eligible for the Empowering Homes Program?

There’s a specific list of postcodes that qualify for the Empowering Homes Program. This should be your first stop as a homeowner. Beyond that:

• Your household income need to be less than $180,000 a year.

• You need to own your own home and have the ability to install a system in it.

• You need to satisfy loan criteria.

Who benefits the most from the Empowering Homes Program?

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Many Australians benefit from solar energy. Those who will benefit the most are those who use a lot of energy, tend to use their energy in mornings and evenings, and are on a time-of-use tariff from their electricity retailer. Those who have recently seen their home energy usage boom due to increased home activity (working from home, cooking more at home, extra devices and power usage) may also benefit.

Can you use any provider?

No, there are specific suppliers that are approved for use with the Empowering Homes Program.  E-Smart Solar is one of the approved suppliers for the  NSW Government’s Empowering Homes Program, servicing Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains. By connecting with an approved supplier, you can start your application — from there, you’ll be given your loan information.

How do you apply for the Empowering Homes Program?

We make it easy for you. We’ll help you work out if you qualify. We will advise how much it will cost and how much will be covered. Simply follow these steps.

1. If we service your area, reach out to the E-Smart Solar team.  We will work with you to help you apply for the program.

2. Fill out this application with the help of E-Smart Solar Team, an approved supplier.

You will then need to complete the loan application. We will be paid through the loan, rather than you having to pay cash out of pocket. For the loan application, you should be able to pay off the loan with your existing income, less any regular debts you have. For more information on the interest-free loan application process, visit the Energy NSW website.

The Empowering Homes Program is a great initiative for homeowners who are interested in moving toward solar — or those who have existing solar installations and who need to be retrofitted for a battery. For those who qualify, interest-free loans cover the cost up to a threshold, which means homeowners can start using sustainable, affordable energy right away.

More information about the program can be acquired by connecting us at E-Smart Solar. Start your solar installation today!