Helping low income households lower their emissions and their energy costs

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Canberrans living in low income households can significantly reduce their energy bills under a new program announced today by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury.

“Actsmart’s solar for low income households program will offer greater assistance to households most in need by helping bring down their energy costs – with estimated savings of $300 to $900 a year,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Eligible ACT households will be able to invest in rooftop solar panels to help bring down energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Over the next three years, participants will be offered a rebate of up to 60% on costs for the supply and installation of a rooftop solar photovoltaic system. The subsidy will also cover upgrades for a switchboard and smart meter if required.  Participants will have access to an interest free loan to pay back the remaining installation costs over a three year period.”

All solar panels in the program are Clean Energy Council certified and have a 25 year performance warranty.

The program is available to home owner occupiers who are in possession of an Australian Government pensioner concession card. A cost benefit analysis will be undertaken for each household participating based on electricity consumption and household composition.

Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria can contact the Actsmart team on 13 22 81. For more information, please visit