Victoria Solar Rebate: Government solar panels rebates

Solar energy rebate Victoria

The Solar Homes Program through the Victorian Government offers a number of solar energy and solar panel rebates to help all Victoria residents benefit from solar energy generation. If you’re a homeowner, renter, or a not-for-profit community housing organization, you’ll find rebates for solar panels, solar batteries, and solar hot water, as well as information about other rebates and initiatives to help you with the cost of solar panels, by reading more below.

Solar Rebate Victoria: Solar panels rebate for homeowners and renters

The Solar Homes Program in Victoria has two solar panel rebates available, one for homeowners and one for rental properties. No matter your living situation, there is government help available so you can start to benefit from solar energy.

Solar panels and smart metersAll Victorian households have smart meters installed onto their property. With your smart meter, you can better monitor your solar energy generation and feed-in-tariff.

Homeowners solar rebate Victoria

The Victorian government is providing homeowners with a rebate of up to $1,850 for a solar panel (PV) system and installation. In order to receive the solar panel rebate, Victorian homeowners will need to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • They need to be the owner-occupier of the property
  • The homeowners will need to have a combined income of less than $180,000 per year
  • It is an existing property valued at under $3 million
  • They do not have an existing solar PV system

In order to apply for the solar panel rebate in Victoria, you first need to start asking for quotes from authorized solar retailers. Once you’ve found an authorized solar retailer and contacted them to get a written quote, you can proceed with the application process.

 Your authorized solar retailer will upload your solar PV system quote onto the Solar Victoria Portal, allowing you to start the eligibility process. Once your quote is uploaded, you will receive an email confirmation.

 Once the quote is online, you can access the Solar Victoria Portal and select the quote from your retailer to confirm eligibility. Once confirmed as eligible for the solar panel rebate in Victoria, you will be sent an eligibility number and QR code.

 After you have the eligibility number and QR code you need to provide proof of identity, income, and property ownership. These include two forms of ID, evidence of property ownership, and proof of income for each person named as owner of the property.

 Following identity verification, you can contact your solar retailer to arrange the installation. On the day of installation, you will need to pay your solar retailer the total amount minus any deductions or rebates.

Interest-free solar loanIn addition to the solar panel rebate, you can also apply for an interest-free solar loan for an amount equivalent to your rebate amount. This interest-free loan will need to be repaid over four years.

Solar rebates for rental properties in Victoria

The solar rebate for rental properties in Victoria offers eligible landlords a rebate of up to $1,850 to go towards the purchase and installation for solar PV systems for up to two eligible rental properties per financial year.

Interest-free solar loanIn addition to the solar panel rebate, landlords can also apply for an interest-free solar loan for an amount equivalent to their rebate amount. This interest-free loan will need to be repaid over four years and renters can agree to co-contribute up to 50% of the repayment.

Information for landlords about the solar rebate for rental properties

If you’re a Victorian landlord, you will need to meet the following eligibility requirements for the solar panel for rental properties rebate:

  • Renters have a combined total income of under $180,000
  • The property is valued at under $3 million and does not already have a solar PV system
  • There has been no prior participation in the Solar Homes Program for that property
  • A Solar Homes Landlord-Tenant Agreement is signed by the landlord and all renters
  • The property is currently tenanted with a rental agreement in place

If you want to apply for the solar panel rebate for rental properties, you first need to get a quote from an authorized solar retailer. Once you’ve found a solar retailer, they will upload a written quote onto the Solar Victoria Panel. Once this quote is uploaded, you will also need:

  • Your council rates notice for the installation property
  • Proof of income
  • A signed Tenant-Landlord Agreement
  • A credit report if applying for an interest-free loan
  • Two forms of identification

After you have uploaded your income and identity information, you will receive an eligibility confirmation email which you will need to show to your installer. Once you organise the installation of your solar PV system, you will need to pay the amount due minus any rebates or loans.

Information for tenants about the solar rebate for rental properties

While your landlord is the one who must apply for the solar rebate for rental properties rebate, both you and your landlord need to agree to the installation. If your landlord wants to apply for the interest-free loan, in conjunction with the solar panel rebate, they can either repay it in full or you can agree to contribute up to 50% of the monthly loan repayment amount for a maximum of $19.27 per month.

If you agree to co-contribute to part of the interest-free solar loan, it’s important to note:

  • Costs relating to the installation of the system cannot be recouped by increasing your rent or taking money from your bond when you vacate.
  • The repayment amount must be agreed upfront in the Landlord-Tenant agreement
  • The amount must be directly paid to your landlord
  • The amount cannot be altered after the loan has been established
  • If you agree to co-contribute, you do so for the four-year life of the loan or until you leave the property, whichever is earlier

Victoria solar rebate for hot water and solar heat pumps

The solar hot water rebate in Victoria is available to Victorian homeowners interested in adding solar hot water or a solar heat pump water system to their house. This rebate, of up to $1,000, is available if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You are the owner-occupier of the property
  • All owners have a combined household income of less than $180,000 per year
  • The rebate will apply for an existing property, valued at under $3 million
  • The hot water system to be replaced is at least three years old from the date of purchase
  • You have not already received a solar PV rebate or battery rebate with the Solar Homes Program
  • The solar or heat pump hot water system is on the list of approved products

Once you’ve decided you and your property meet the eligibility criteria for the solar hot water rebate, you will need to get a quote for the solar hot water installation. When contacting installers, make sure to advise the retailer you intend to apply for the rebate. Once you have a quote, Solar Victoria will provide you with an eligibility pack with documents to be completed and returned to Solar Victoria via a secure link

Following confirmation, you will need to organize the installation of the solar hot water pump with your retailer. Once the system is installed, you will need to pay any outstanding balance, minus the rebate.

Emergency solar pump installationIt is advised that you do not sign a quote, or put down a deposit, before eligibility for the rebate is confirmed. However, in the event of a broken or unsafe existing hot water system you can install a hot water system prior to applying for eligibility. It’s important to note that the rebate is not guaranteed if you install a hot water pump prior to applying.

Victoria solar rebate for battery storage

The next solar battery rebates will be released 12pm, 7 October 2020

The Solar Homes Program in Victoria is offering a point-of-sale discount to households interested in solar battery storage of up to $4,174. In order to qualify for the solar battery rebate, you will need to make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • The property is within a designated postcode and already has solar PV panels with a capacity equal to or greater than 5kW
  • You’ve obtained pre-approval from your Distributed Network Service Provider (DNSP) to safely connect a battery to the grid
  • The property does not already have an existing energy storage system, and the product is listed on Solar Victoria’s Approved Battery List
  • You are the owner-occupier for the property where the system will be installed
  • The combined household taxable income of all owners is less than $180,000 a year
  • The property is not a new build and valued at under $3 million
  • The property address has not previously taken part in the Solar Homes Program
  • You agree to receive information from your electricity distributor about taking part in battery trials to maximise the value households get from them
  • You agree to a free safety inspection and/or audit under the Solar Victoria Audit Program

The first step for getting the solar battery rebate in Victoria is to research approved solar retailers and products and get a written quote. Your chosen, approved solar retailer will provide you with the written quote, which will also be uploaded onto the Solar Victoria Portal, allowing you to start the online eligibility process. The retailer must also obtain approval from your electricity distributor before uploading your quote onto the Solar Victoria Portal.

Once your quote is uploaded onto the Portal, you can start the application for eligibility online. Following your confirmation of eligibility, you will be given a unique eligibility number and QR code which are necessary for the solar battery installation.

When applying for the solar battery rebate you will need to provide valid identification, the electricity distributor approval, proof of income for every homeowner listed on the property, and evidence of property ownership.

Finally, once you are approved, you can contact your solar retailer to book the installation. On the day of the installation you will need to pay your retailer the amount due, minus the rebate.

Solar rebates for community housing VIC

Not-for-profit community housing providers are able to apply for solar panel rebates on behalf of their tenants to reduce cost of living pressures. The solar panel rebate for community housing in Victoria offers a maximum rebate of $1,850 or up to 50% of the costs of solar per tenancy. If you are a not-for-profit community housing organisation, you will need to:

  • Be registered with the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission OR registered as community housing provider under the Housing Act 1983.
  • Provide a copy of your organisation’s most recent Notice of Endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient (issued by ATO).
  • e able to demonstrate the full value of energy savings achieved by installing solar panels will be passed onto tenants.
  • Provide evidence that the properties under consideration are owned by the community housing organisation.

In order to apply for the Victorian solar rebate for community housing, you will need to ensure your eligibility and collect the following to be sent to Cat O’Bryan, Solar Victoria Program and Industry Engagement Lead

 A quote from an authorised solar retailer for a product on the approved list of solar products for the Solar Homes program

 An Expression of Interest containing: Relevant details on the Community Housing provider (registered name, ABN, address and contact details), a brief outline of the proposed works (such as the number of homes, address, size of systems and quotes for installation), and evidence of eligibility.

Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCs)

Small-scale technology certificates(STCs) are a country-wide initiative to assist those interested in small-scale renewable energy generation (residential solar PV systems, for example) with offsetting the cost of purchase and installation. These STCs, available through the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, represent the amount of energy your solar PV system would generate over its lifetime, thus offsetting what would have been drawn from the electricity grid otherwise. Residential solar PV customers can assign STCs to their solar installer, who will then offer a point-of-sale discount to the customer.

Solar feed-in-tariff (FiT) Victoria

If you have residential solar panels in Victoria, you can save money not only through your own energy generation but also through sending your generated energy back into the grid and getting a feed-in-tariff in return. Most energy providers offer some solar feed-in-tariff, but higher FiT rates generally come with a lower discount off your electricity rates. Currently, Origin Energy and Momentum Energy offer the highest FiT in Victoria with rates at 16c / kWh and 13.5c / kWh respectively.

Minimum Feed-in-Tariff VictoriaIn Victoria, a minimum solar feed-in-tariff is set annually by the Essential Services Commission. As of July 2020, the minimum solar FiT for a single-rate tariff is 10.2c/kWh while a time-of-use solar feed-in-tariff is set at an off-peak rate of 9.1c/kWh, a shoulder rate of 9.8c/kWh, and a peak rate of 12.5c/kWh. An energy provider might offer a higher feed-in-tariff than those listed here.

Solar rebates in Victoria

How much is the solar rebate in Victoria?

The amount you can get from a solar rebate in Victoria depends on the type of solar rebatr you're applying for. If you're interested in the Victorian solar panel rebate, you could get up to $1,850 plus the equivalent amount in an interest-free loan. The Victorian solar rebate for solar hot water or heat pumps could be up to $1,000 and the solar rebate for battery storage could be up to $4,174.

How do I get the Victoria solar rebate?

The first step for any of the available solar rebates in Victoria is to contact approved solar installers to get a quote for your solar product.

How much does a 5kWh solar panel system cost in Victoria?

According to SolarChoice, the average cost of 5kWh solar panels in Melbourne, Victoria is approximately $4,960, below the average price of solar panels in Australia which is $5,230.

How many solar panels do I need to power my home?

Dependent on location and roof size, the typical homeowner needs between 28 to 34 solar panels in order to generate 100% of the energy needed to power their home.

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