Battery Storage

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NSW Battery Rebate

Starting November 1, 2024, new battery incentives will be available under the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme (PDRS).  Installers and companies can team up with accredited certificate providers (ACPs) like MAC Trade Services, who will facilitate the battery and VPP rebates on their behalf, eliminating the need for them to get accredited themselves.

These programs create units called ‘Certificates’ based on the energy saved from the installation. In the PDRS, reducing or shifting load by 0.1kW during peak times earns one Peak Demand Reduction Certificate (PRC). These certificates can be sold on the carbon offset market, usually to Energy Retailers who need to acquire them to surrender against their annual obligations.

The companies who create and trade these certificates on behalf of the installers are ACPs.  To become an ACP a business must have a proven track record of carbon creation, good governance practices and submit to being regularly audited to maintain their accreditation.  MAC Trade Services are one of the oldest and largest certificate creators and have been trading  certificates for over a decade. MAC TS has a reputation for holding the highest standard of quality, compliance and governance systems in Australia. It is our mission is to streamline the process of creating and trading certificates ensuring it is straightforward and hassle-free.

MAC Trade Services will be able to create PRCs for any eligible batteries that have been installed  at a home of business in NSW.  The types of eligible installations include:

  • a new battery installation without a VPP connection
  • a new battery installation that is connected to a VPP
  • an existing battery being connected to a VPP

Who is eligible?

New Battery Installations must meet the following criteria to be eligible to claim the rebate:

  • Only customers who have an existing solar pv system are eligible
  • No existing battery installed at the property (address is determined by the electricity National Meter Identifier (NMI)
  • The Battery must be listed on an approved product list (yet to be determined).
  • Batteries with a capacity of 2kWh - 28kWh
  • Batteries must be capable of being connected to a VPP
  • The battery must have a minimum 6 years remaining on the warranty.

NSW has announced that customers can potentially receive $270 - $3,700 off the upfront cost and $40 to $570 cash back for connecting to a VPP.

*Rebates are subject to change based on trading prices of certificates at a given time.

How do you go about claiming a PRC Rebate for your customers on a Battery installation?

  1. Provide the customer with a detailed quote, including the PRC rebate they will receive (rebate amount will be shared with you by MAC Trade Services for quoting purposes)
  2. Take photographs documenting the site before and after the installation
  3. Obtain signatures from both the customer and the installer on the installation day
  4. Using the MAC TS phone app provided, upload the project details to MAC Trade Services
  5. MAC Trade Services will review the supporting evidence and on approval you can raise an invoice to MAC Trade Services for the rebate amount
  6. MAC Trade Services will then pay your rebate on agreed terms.

PRC Rebate Calculator

PDRS Calculator
Based upon spot price of $2.00 per PRC

  • New Battery Installation
  • New or existing battery VPP Connection
  • New Battery installation plus VPP Connection

Rebate 1 - New Battery Installation

Battery Type Battery Capacity (kWh) PRCs Created Rebate
Tesla Powerwall 2 13.5 1077 $1,938
Sungrow Hybrid 25.6 2044 $3,679
AlphaESS SMILE 5.04 401 $721
LG RESU 10 9.8 782 $1,407
BYD Hybrid 20 1596 $2,872

Rebate 2 - Connection of a New or Existing Battery to a Virtual Power Plant (VPP)

Battery Type Battery Capacity (kWh) PRCs Created Rebate
Tesla Powerwall 2 13.5 163 $293
Sungrow Hybrid 25.6 310 $558
AlphaESS SMILE 5.04 60 $108
LG RESU 10 9.8 119 $214
BYD Hybrid 20 241 $433

For more information, please visit:

  1. Customer Information 
  2. PDRS Information

Residential Batteries FAQs

The incentive is not given directly to customers. Instead, it is typically applied as an upfront discount by the approved supplier responsible for installing the battery or managing the Virtual Power Plant (VPP).

Approved suppliers, also known as Accredited Certificate Providers (ACPs), are businesses accredited by the Scheme Administrator (IPART) to carry out specific installations and upgrades under the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme.

The incentives will be available from November 1, 2024. This allows the Scheme Administrator (IPART) time to finalise compliance processes, approve suppliers, and train staff for conducting audits.

Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) are networks of interconnected batteries managed by a VPP operator. The operator coordinates the release of stored energy to the grid to help balance frequency and voltage, and to address local disruptions, ensuring the network remains stable.

Participating in a VPP means that customers allow their battery to be managed by a VPP operator. The specifics, such as conditions for energy dispatch, are agreed upon between the battery owner and the VPP operator. The PDRS provides an incentive for proof of battery participation in a VPP.

Customers can receive financial incentives for joining a VPP, which can shorten the payback period for their solar and battery system.

To qualify for the battery incentives, you must have rooftop solar installed and use an approved supplier under the PDRS to install the battery.

Installers typically provide a quote that separates the cost of the battery and the installation. However, some installers may offer an all-inclusive price. It is recommended to keep records of communications that clearly state what is included and excluded in the quote before making any payments.

This range is consistent with schemes in other Australian states. Most sites will only require batteries under 28kWh, considering the national average energy use for a five-person household is 25kWh per day.

The installation incentive is only available for new battery installations. However, the VPP participation incentive is available for existing batteries if they are signed onto a VPP, have at least six years remaining on the manufacturer’s warranty, and meet the equipment requirements.

If all equipment and implementation standards required by the PDRS are met, and ongoing maintenance and monitoring are conducted, the risk of a battery causing a fire is very low. Approved suppliers under the PDRS must comply with strict safety standards, including professional installation and adherence to relevant regulations.

Yes, as long as the battery model is on the approved product list specified by the Scheme Administrator and meets all equipment and implementation requirements. If a particular approved supplier does not offer the battery you want, you can search for another supplier who does.

No, the PDRS aims to reduce the load on the electricity grid, so off-grid batteries are not eligible.

Ensure compliance with relevant Australian standards and regulations. Choose a proper battery design, ensure adequate ventilation, and have the battery professionally installed to prevent overheating and ensure optimal operation. Approved suppliers must work with licensed tradespeople, and the installer must be listed on the Clean Energy Council’s register.

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Terms and Conditions

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