Sustainable Household Scheme

A Canberra Plumber with an Environmental Focus

Considering the purchase of a solar water heater or air source heat pump? Looking for a Canberra plumber that’s approved under the Sustainable Household Scheme and also understands small-scale technology certificates (STCs)?

Kennedy Plumbing & Gas is a leading Canberra plumber that supplies, installs, and repairs solar water heaters and air source heat pumps. As an eco-friendly plumber, we take the hassle out of claiming STCs* and keep abreast of government environmental incentives.

* Kennedy Plumbing & Gas partners with Greenbank Environmental – “one of Australia’s first and largest environmental traders.”

Important Note:-

The information on this page is “general in nature” and subject to change by the relevant government agencies without notice. Customers should always conduct their due diligence and seek professional advice when considering STCs, interest-free loans, and government rebates.

Kennedy Plumbing & Gas relies solely on the expertise of Greenbank Environmental (GB Environmental Trading Pty Ltd) to determine STC eligibility, as well as calculate certificate and trade values.

What is the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)?

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) is administered by the Clean Energy Regulator (Australian Government). Under the scheme, householders and small businesses receive tradable small-scale technology certificates (STCs) when they purchase an “eligible small-scale renewable energy system,” such as a solar water heater or air source heat pump.

STCs can be traded or assigned to a registered environmental trader for a cash payment – offsetting the cost of a new solar water heater or air source heat pump. A single STC represents 1 megawatt hour (MWh) of generated or displaced renewable electricity. The cash value of a specific STC is determined by factors such as geographical location, system output, and installation date.

To learn more about the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES), please click here.

What is the Sustainable Household Scheme?

The Sustainable Household Scheme is an ACT Government initiative that provides eligible homeowners and community groups with a zero-interest loan of up to $15,000 to purchase “energy-efficient products,” including hot water heat pumps (HWHPs). The scheme is run in partnership with Brighte – “Australia’s leader in solar (and sustainability) finance.”

General Guidelines*

  • Brighte’s normal lending criteria applies to applicants.
  • Applications are only accepted from homeowners and community groups.
  • Loan amounts range from $2,000 to $15,000.
  • There are no establishment and account-keeping fees; however, late fees may apply.
  • Applicants may have up to 10 years to repay the loan (the term is determined ultimately by Brighte).
  • The loan can be paid out early.

* Please note that other terms and conditions apply to the scheme.

Recipients of the Sustainable Household Scheme can also access the Home Energy Support Program (see information below). As an eco-friendly Canberra plumber, Kennedy Plumbing & Gas is an approved supplier (Category B) for the Sustainable Household Scheme in the ACT.

Official information on the Sustainable Household Scheme can be find here.

Home Energy Support Program

The Home Energy Support Program is another ACT Government environmental initiative. It provides eligible pensioners in the ACT with a rebate (Rebate B) of up to $2,500 on a new hot water heat pump (HWHP).* Eligible applicants must meet the general criteria** outlined below:-

  • Be an ACT resident.
  • Own and occupy their home.
  • Possess an Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card.

* “Eligible homeowners can access one rebate of 50% of the total installation price, up to a maximum rebate of $2,500, for a hot water heat pump (HWHP).”

** Please note that other terms and conditions apply to the program.

Official information on the Home Energy Support Program can be find here.

About Greenbank Environmental

Greenbank Environmental has been trading energy / environmental certificates since 2003 and prides itself on being “the longest standing aggregator and trader within Australia.” The company holds an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL licence no: 427921) and is accredited with the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). Greenbank Environmental is a member of the Smart Energy Council, Australian PV Institute (APVI), and Clean Energy Council. Further information on Greenbank Environmental can be found at:

Find Out More

To enquire about a new solar water heater or air source heat pump (under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, Sustainable Household Scheme, or Home Energy Support Program), please call Stephen on 0422 751 560. Kennedy Plumbing & Gas is a Canberra plumber you can depend on.