Supplying the solar for rentals trial
Read about the process for supplying a solar system under the solar for renters trial or download our guide to the solar supply process (PDF, 1.6MB).
You can promote the benefits of the trial to landlords, tenants and property managers in your areas by using the tools and resources below.
- Put up a poster about the solar for rentals trial (PDF, 540KB) in your shopfront.
- Use the editorial content (DOC, 167KB) in your customer newsletters or marketing material.
- Let landlords and tenants know about the benefits of the trial and how to participate by sharing the information for landlords (PDF, 366KB) fact sheet, information for tenants (PDF, 310KB) fact sheet, and case studies (PDF, 74KB).
- Send an electronic Solar for rentals: Landlord invitation image (PNG, 121KB) or Solar for rentals: Tenant invitation image (PNG, 125KB) to your customers. (Instruction to use: Right click on one of these images and save the file before inserting in an email to eligible landlords or tenants.)
Note: All systems must be installed and rebate applications submitted by 30 June 2020.
Step 1: Provide a quote
To receive a rebate, landlords must have their solar system supplied and installed by an approved supplier and may call you for a quote if you are on that list. If you need to access the rental property to provide a quote, get in touch with the landlord's property manager to organise a suitable time with the tenant.
To be eligible for a rebate, the solar system must be:
- new and must not replace or augment an existing system
- a minimum of 3 kilowatts in size
- fitted with solar monitoring technology.
At a minimum, the solar monitoring must give tenants the ability to see the amount of:
- power generated by the solar system
- solar power used at the property
- solar power exported to the electricity grid
- estimated or calculated bill savings from solar.
This data must be accessible by the tenant via a website or a mobile app.
Step 2: Apply for grid connection
Connection applications need to be made in the name of the electricity account holder for the rental property (this should be the tenant). The landlord is required to get consent for the grid connection from the electricity account holder as part of their rebate application. You can get these details from the landlord or property manager.
Step 3: Install the solar system and monitoring technology
The landlord's property manager can help you organise a suitable time with the tenant to access the rental property and install the system. Ideally, the system should be installed and grid connected within 3 months of the tenant signing up for the trial.
Step 4: Set up solar monitoring for the tenant
You must also arrange with the tenant to set up access to the solar monitoring data. This can either be during the installation or after.
Step 5: Invoice the landlord and receive payment
You should issue a tax invoice directly to the landlord. It is the landlord's responsibility to pay the full invoice amount before applying for the rebate. Landlords must provide a copy of your tax invoice and proof of payment when submitting their rebate application.
You must issue a tax invoice that includes the following information:
- name of supplier
- supplier ABN or ACN
- address details of supplier
- supplier email address
- date of tax invoice
- clear details of the installed solar system and monitoring technology
- tax invoice number
- customer (landlord) name (this should be the same name as the person applying for the rebate)
- installation address
- final amount due, including GST.
Step 6: Report data
You need to report basic information on the solar for rentals data portal within 1 week of a system being installed, including personal information (i.e. tenant details and National Meter Identifier) and static or upfront data (i.e. solar system installation details). Read the supplier user guide (PDF) for instructions on how to create an account and report data.
You are also required to submit quarterly reports, through the data portal, for 12 months after system installation. You can use the data template (XLSX), which sets out the quarterly reporting requirements for:
- half-hourly operational system data (sheet 1, ‘System Data’)
- daily customer savings (sheet 2, ‘Customer Savings’).
Quarterly data must be reported according to the following schedule. Please note that all reporting is due in the first week of the month.
|System installation date||1st quarterly report (due 1st week of month)||2nd quarterly report (due 1st week of month)||3rd quarterly report (due 1st week of month)||4th quarterly report (due 1st week of month)|
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The Queensland Government is only responsible for administering the solar for rentals trial. It is not responsible for supplying rooftop solar and monitoring systems to applicants. Approved solar suppliers are to contract directly with applicants for the supply and installation of the solar system and monitoring products.
The government is not responsible for the payment of any invoices owing to the approved solar supplier under this trial. Suppliers are not agents, contractors or consultants for the department.
If you are an eligible solar supplier and have questions about the program, please email SolarForRentals@dnrme.qld.gov.au
- Last reviewed: 26 Nov 2019
- Last updated: 26 Nov 2019