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6.92% p.a. (comparison rate
9.01% p.a.)* Now that’s simple.

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Enjoy a low rate solar hot water loan that is 100% made for you

  • We reward your good credit history with even better rates ensuring the loan you end up with has been tailored for you in every way.
  • Flexible loan terms from 3 years to 7 years for loans between $2,001 and $45,000. Use funds to consolidate debt, renovate, travel and more.
  • No early repayment fees because nobody has ever said ‘yes please’ to fees.
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Getting a solar hot water loan is as easy as 1, 2, 3.


Takes 1 minute and won’t impact your credit score


Takes 5 minutes and can conveniently be done online


You may be instantly conditionally approved


Funds will be transferred directly to the installer

You’ve got questions we’ve got answers.

What is a solar hot water loan?

A solar hot water loan is a form of unsecured personal loan that you can use to invest in a renewable power source for your home. If you’d like to invest in a sustainable way to supply hot water to your home, then a solar hot water loan offers a sensible, flexible, and affordable way forward.

Why consider a solar hot water loan?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, energy consumed for hot water is the second largest source of household greenhouse emissions in Australia, responsible for almost a quarter of emissions in the average home. This means that it makes a sizeable contribution not only to the ecological footprint of your home, but also to your bills and expenses.

It’s no surprise then that solar hot water systems have emerged as a popular alternative to traditional gas, electric, and wood-fuelled water heaters. Solar hot water systems rely on rooftop collectors that capture energy from the ambient air, allowing homeowners to save hundreds of dollars every year compared to an electric hot water system. If you’d like to invest in a solar hot water system of your own, a solar hot water loan offers a sensible, flexible, and affordable way forward.

A solar hot water loan works just like a personal loan. That is, you borrow a specific amount of money and then pay it back with interest over an agreed term. To qualify for a personal loan, you must submit an application and agree to a credit check that takes into account your borrowing history, employment status, credit score, and other factors.

What are the benefits of a solar hot water loan?

Personal loans, including solar hot water loans, allow you to enjoy a lower interest rate than you would receive with a credit card and also offer a consistent repayment schedule. Many personal loans give you the flexibility to make early repayments, allowing you to reduce the length of your loan and minimise the amount you pay in interest.

What can I use a solar hot water Loan for?

You can use a loan for a number of different solar hot water products, including:

We’ll pay funds into your nominated bank account on the next business day following your loan acceptance. This gives you the flexibility to manage and pay for your green costs any way you like.

It’s important to note that not all products are eligible for a green loan (or government subsidy). Renewable energy products, such as solar hot water systems, must meet strict standards of efficiency and performance standards. Solar water heaters and air source heat pumps that are eligible for small-scale technology certificates, under the Australian Government Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, are listed on the Australian Government, Clean Energy Regulator (Register of solar water heaters) and must be installed in accordance with the Australian Standards.

How much does a solar hot water loan cost?

Solar hot water loans generally have three components that that affect the total cost over the life of the loan:

  • the interest rate (this may be fixed or variable)
  • a one-time establishment fee
  • ongoing fees (such as account maintenance fees, late payment fees, and other charges)

These costs are often combined to create a comparison rate that represents the total price of a loan. This allows you to compare different solar hot water loans to find the one that best suits your needs.

For an overview of fees and charges (including interest rates) associated with RateSetter’s green loans, see the table below:

Personal Loan Rates, Fees & Charges
Term3 YearYear 4Year 56 Year7 Year
Loan TypeFixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Interest Rate 6.92%



Comparison Rate*from 9.01% from 8.74% from 8.83% from 8.83% from 8.83%
Credit Assistance Feefrom
Monthly Feesfrom
Early Repayment Fees$0$0$0$0$0

*Comparison rate for 3 year loans are on an unsecured renewable energy loan of $10,000 over a 36 month term. Comparison rates for 4, 5, 6 and 7 year loans are based on an unsecured renewable energy loan of $30,0000 over a 60 month term. Comparison rates shown assume customer with an excellent credit history. Rates current as at 8pm, 17 October 2019. Warning: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates, Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

Am I eligible for a solar hot water loan?

RateSetter provides unsecured green loans to Australian residents. Save time before applying by making sure: 

  • You are aged 21 or over
  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • You have a regular source of income that you can demonstrate
  • You have a good credit history

To see if you may qualify for a RateSetter solar hot water loan, you can get a RateEstimate – it only takes 1 minute, and won’t affect your credit score. If you request a RateEstimate, we will ask you a few questions so we can calculate an initial estimate of your borrowing potential, and the rates, fees and charges that may apply to your loan.

In making a final decision, we consider a number of factors, including your credit file as provided to us by Equifax and/or Illion, our credit bureau partners. If you would like more information regarding your credit file, you should contact Equifax and Illion directly.

What do I need to apply?

To apply for a solar hot water loan, you will need to complete our identity verification process successfully, as well as considering how suitable a solar hot water loan is to your current circumstances.

To complete identity verification you will need to provide one or more of the following documents:

  • Australian State or Territory-issued drivers licence
  • Australian or foreign passport
  • Address verification document such as a utility bill or tenancy agreement

These details can either be entered on our website during the application process and automatically verified online or you can upload or email them to us at

When assessing your application, we are looking for evidence of how suitable the loan is to your current circumstances and the purpose for which you require funds. Among other things, we’ll assess your:

  • Employment stability;
  • Income;
  • Expenses;
  • Repayment history;
  • Credit bureau information; and
  • Other details you communicate to us.
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Representative example: Based on $10,000 loan with a 36 month term for a borrower with a excellent credit history at a comparison rate of 6.92% p.a. the estimated total amount payable including all applicable fees is $11,458. RateSetter green loan repayment terms range from a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 7 years. Interest rates start from 6.92% p.a. (comparison rate 9.01% p.a. to 13.96% p.a. based on your term). Rates are subject to change depending on the rates offered by lenders in our Lending Markets. Rates stated as at 8pm, 17 October 2019 and are subject to change. RateSetter credit criteria and terms and conditions apply.