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Landlords want solar for rental properties

Household electrification is critical for Australians taking control of our energy use – especially when it includes rooftop solar. 

More than half of Australian households face barriers to rooftop solar, for around 30% of households it’s because they are renting. Landlords overwhelmingly want to help their tenants access rooftop solar, but renewable energy incentives for owner-occupied housing do not work for rental properties. 

As a landlord, using the guide and form below, you can send a message to the Assistant Minister for Energy Jenny McAllister for an Australian renewable energy transformation for investment properties.

Points you might like to include in your submission, editing to reflect your personal circumstances:

 

As a landlord, I believe it is important for renters to also benefit from cheap, clean renewable rooftop energy because… (finish sentence)
Accelerated depreciation of rooftop solar panels would be an effective way to subsidise solar panels so that my tenants could benefit from the energy bill savings. Accelerated depreciation makes sense to me because… (finish sentence)
If your investment property already has rooftop solar 
  • Landlords have a direct interest in helping our tenants benefit from lower energy bills, and helping them participate in the renewable energy transition. We had solar panels installed because… (finish sentence)
  • Not all landlords are in a position to install solar panels and rebates targeted to owner-occupied housing generally does not help landlords with the upfront costs of solar panels, and nor are we able to finance the upfront cost through energy bills ourselves. Specific support tailored to landlords is required.  
If your investment property does not have rooftop solar
  • Unlike owner-occupied housing, there is no direct financial incentive for me to install solar panels on my investment property. I wish to support my tenants, but I also need to make smart investment decisions. 
  • If an adequate incentive, like accelerated depreciation of rooftop solar panels, was available, if possible I would install solar panels for my tenants. I would do this because… (finish sentence) 
More than half of Australian households face barriers to rooftop solar, for around 30% of households it’s because they are renting.
The government needs to get involved to ensure that the barriers to electrification are overcome. The social benefits–including cost-of-living impacts and emission reductions–can't be ignored. And we won’t meet the net-zero emissions goals without overcoming the barriers to electrification and rooftop solar.