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Solar Rebate

Victorian Government’s Solar Homes Rebate

The Victorian Government has recently announced its Solar Homes program offering a rebate on solar panels for eligible households up to the value of an average 4kW system which equates to approximately $2,225. This is great news for households who are looking to install solar. 

If you are interested in applying for a rebate from the Victorian Government, the first thing you should do is ensure you fit the eligibility criteria. To do this, you will need to submit your proof of eligibility using the Applicant Eligibility Form from Solar Victoria. If you are eligible, they will send you an eligibility number and a link to apply for a rebate once your system is installed.

Eligibility criteria 

The rebate is available to households who meet a defined set of criteria, some of which are outlined below. For more information on eligibility visit the Solar Victoria website. 

 

  • have a combined household income of less than $180,000 per annum before tax (based on the most recent tax assessment notices for the home owners),
  • is an owner-occupier of a home valued at under $3,000,000 (a copy of a recent Council rates notice will be required),
  • the household does not already have a solar panel system installed,
  • chooses a Clean Energy Council (CEC) Approved Product and uses a CEC Accredited Installer,
  • has had an eligible solar panel system installed on or after 19 August 2018; and
  • engages an installer who can provide a statement that they have not received a WorkSafe infringement notice in the past three years.

 

If you are interested in solar, visit our I want solar page on how to get started or visit the Solar Victoria and Clean Energy Council websites for more information and FAQs.

 

Getting approval to connect to the grid

Remember, before you finalise your purchase and install your system you need to apply for approval from us, regardless of system size. This is so that we can check the network in your area to ensure that you can safely connect solar and feed energy into the grid. Your installer will generally apply for this approval on your behalf using our online instant solar capacity pre-approval.

In some instances, you might not be able to export the energy you plan to. It depends on the strength of the grid in your area, the size of your system and how many other people have solar in your area. However, you will still get the benefit of reducing the amount of energy you need to buy. 

Solar installers can find information on the grid connection process on our Solar and Battery Connections page.