For most Queensland households, around 35 percent of annual energy use is for hot water. However, by using the sun's energy with a Solar Hot Water System to heat water, the average household can reduce its annual hot water costs by around 85 percent when compared to conventional electric systems. As well as costing less to run, solar hot water systems have a significant environmental benefit as their reduced energy use means less greenhouse gases produced.
The Queensland Government announced on 22 June 2012 that the Solar Hot Water Rebate has closed.
Before installing a solar hot water system you should:
research which system best suits your needs
choose a Licensed Plumber who knows State Legislative requirements to install your system. Ask the Licensed Plumber if they are Solar and Heat Pump Hot Water Heater System endorsed Plumbers also.
Find a list of plumbers in the local phone directory.
To confirm if the plumber or drainer is licensed, and that their licence is current, contact the Queensland Building and Construction Commission on 1300 272 272.
Organising the installation
The owner or licensed plumber has two options available when replacing a hot water system:
The Plumber can lodge a Form 4 with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC); or
Lodge an application (Form 1) with Council
a. Fill in application for permit work - Form 1 b. Fill out credit card authorisation form c. Submit the completed forms to Council: