HCB Solar is a NSW Government approved Supplier

NSW Empowering Homes Program is now open.

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In our 15 years providing solar battery systems across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast and the Hunter we have transformed thousands of homes.

Honest and own to earth people to deal with. Certainly felt like I was getting the right advice and they turned up on time, did what they said they would, and kept me informed during the installation process.

Derek Wagnitz

Salamander Bay

HCB made this whole process easy, from initial phone call through to install. There was no attempt to upsell, just an honest discussion about our current and future needs. The trades people were on time, polite and tidy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them based on our experience.

Samantha Langdon

Gillieston Heights

I had a really good experience with HCB Solar. they were very professional, friendly and willing to explain the options for my solar system. they provided me with a quality system, and they took care of so much of the paperwork.

Danylo Motyka


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  • You must live in one of the eligible postcodes in the Newcastle & Hunter region to apply for this program. If you are looking for a solar system outside of empowering homes anyway please contact us
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Jim Mollerson

Per bill we save $1000 as a minimum. Our powerbill is only $200 at most in winter where it used to be $1500. HCB Solar turned up when they said they would. They cleaned up after themselves. It all went very smoothly.

Jon Ulbricht

Final decision was an economical one. Putting in a solar system and adding value to our house. It actually works out to be cheaper to have a solar power system and battery than from a electricity supplier. I wanted LG Solar Panels because they are the best and HCB Solar was the authorised installer. Highly recommended.

Samantha Wilks

The whole process was very easy. There was no push to upsell. To be able to sit down with someone and really determine what our home and family needed was great. HCB Solar provided a fantastic experienced. We have already recommended HCB Solar to friends.

What is the New South Wales empowering home program?

The Empowering Homes program is supported by the NSW Government. HCB Solar is an approved solar battery systems supplier under the Empowering Homes program.

This renewable energy program aims to deliver solar and batteries to 300,000 Households in NSW across 10 years through interest free solar and battery loans for eligible households.

The initial Pilot is being rolled out in the Newcastle and Hunter Region with a wider NSW Rollout expected to follow.

What's on offer?

Through the Empowering Homes program, the NSW Government will help homeowners in the Newcastle & Hunter region access interest-free loans to install solar battery systems.

The program will assist homeowners manage the significant financial investment of solar PV systems, which provide clean, renewable energy and can help you cut your electricity bills.

Through this program, homeowners can get interest-free loans of up to:

$14,000 towards a solar PV and battery system (repayable over a range of terms of up to 8 years); or

$9000 towards retrofitting a battery system to an existing solar PV system (repayable over a range of terms up to 10 years).

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The program aims to deliver solar batteries to up to 300,000 NSW homes across the next 10 years.


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The reason we chose HCB Solar was because they have been in Newcastle a very long time. They are a family owned business and if we want to add a battery on in the future. We know they will be here to do it.

The installation process was very easy. We would definitely recommend HCB Solar to family and friends, because they are a local company and family business. 

NSW Empowering Homes Program

See if you're a good fit


To qualify for the NSW Government Empowering Homes program, you must:

The battery-only option is for homes with an existing solar and battery system to upgrade the battery component. This offer does not include solar-only options. Businesses and participants in the Solar for Low Income Households trial are not eligible.

Is this program right for you?

There are a number of ways you to assess if this program is right for you. Your household is more likely to benefit from a solar battery system if you:

If you’re unsure about whether or not your household could benefit from the Empowering Homes program, visit the NSW Government site energysaver.nsw.gov.au/solar-battery-loan-offer to find out more about the program.

Frequently asked questions

To be eligible for the pilot Empowering Homes solar program, you must live in one of these eligible postcodes and be an owner-occupier with a household income of up to $180,000.

You must live in a grid-connected home (a house connected to the electricity network) and you need to have full authority to install solar battery systems on the property. You must also successfully pass the standard credit criteria required under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act (2009). Read the program guide for more information about eligibility.

The Empowering Homes solar program is initially running as a pilot for eligible postcodes to refine its design before rolling out across the state.

The eligible postcodes have been chosen to provide a large and diverse area to enable program delivery to be rigorously tested. Households not within the pilot
area will be able to access the program when it rolls out across NSW.

In the loan application you will be required to provide the following information to prove your eligibility:


• You will need to provide your most recent income tax notice of assessment (for financial year 2017-18 or 2018-19), along with copies of bank statements
showing your income and outgoings. 

Home ownership

• You will be asked to enter your full name and address, which will be used to verify that you own and reside at the address where the solar battery system will be installed.

• You will need to provide evidence of your identity and address (for example a drivers licence, passport or Medicare card).

Yes. For an apartment or townhouse, you must provide evidence of written strata approval for a solar battery system to be installed. Please note - a sufficient sized solar battery system may not fit within the available roof area of an apartment or townhouse. The approved suppliers will help you define what a sufficiently sized system would be for your home, considering your property’s characteristics and electricity consumption.

Yes. An interest-free loan of up to $9,000 dollars is available for adding a battery to your existing solar system. Our approved suppliers will take your existing system into account when they are sizing the best solar battery system for your needs. Depending on the age and condition of your existing system, your supplier may recommend you increase or even completely remove and replace your current system.


This recommendation may also include replacing your current inverter.

No. This offer only provides interest-free loans for a battery that is added to an existing solar system or a new solar and battery system.

Yes, to be eligible for the Empowering Homes solar program, participating homes must be connected to the grid. Off grid solutions are not suitable for most electricity users and can be very expensive. By staying connected to the grid, your solar battery system can help to support the grid through increased system security and reliability, and you may be able to receive additional financial benefits from feed in tariffs or by participating in a Virtual Power Plant.

This depends on your individual needs, as every household is different. We strongly recommend contacting several approved suppliers to talk about your household’s needs. They can answer questions about what size and type of solar battery system would be suitable for your home, as well as the costs and savings you can expect. A solar battery system may not be suitable for you situation and we recommend you read the ‘Expected costs and savings’ section of the program
guide or our website for more information.


The types and prices of the solar-battery solutions offered are different across each approved supplier. Talking to and getting quotes from more than one supplier will ensure you get the right system for you, at the best price. Please visit our website for a list of approved suppliers.

Solar battery installations in NSW require a connection to a smart meter. This allows you to consume your own solar electricity first before purchasing electricity from your retailer. The meter also measures the unused solar electricity that is fed back into the grid. This allows your retailer to provide you a solar feed-in tariff.


Many retailers will install your smart meter for free, or as part of your electricity contract.


Before applying for the program, it is important to check with your electricity retailer to ask:

• if they will install a smart meter at your home
• if there are changes to your electricity contract
• if there is a cost to install a smart meter.


Please speak to your approved supplier in the first instance, they can assist you in this process and provide advice on any potential issues that may arise.


For more information about how you can get a smart meter to participate in the program, visit Energy Saver.

If you have unused electricity from your solar panels, that electricity will be exported back into the grid (if you don’t have a battery, or your battery is full) and your electricity bill will be credited to reflect the amount you give back. The cost per kilowatt hour of electricity being exported to the grid is known as the solar feed-in tariff.

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal provides a benchmark-range to encourage retailers to offer fair and cost reflective solar feed-in tariffs. The benchmark for the 2019-20 financial year is 8.5c to 10.4c per kilowatt hour for exported solar generation.

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