If you’ve been thinking about installing solar panels, it could be the perfect time to take advantage of government rebates. Find out if you’re eligible, how to get a quote and start saving on your energy bills.
The second round of the Victorian Government’s Solar Homes Program launched on July 1. The Solar Homes program is helping Victorians to go solar, allowing more homeowners access to solar systems. The program also helps create a cleaner, sustainable future.
By installing solar panels, the average household will see savings of up to $890 per year on their energy bills. With the rebates on offer under the Solar Homes program, qualifying Victorian homeowners can expect to see a rebate of up to 50% on solar panels.
Solar Panel Rebates
With the Victorian Government’s solar panel rebate, eligible households can claim a discount on the cost of a solar panel (PV) system, up to a maximum rebate of $2,225.
The value of the solar rebate is up to a value of $2,225 or 50% of the price of the solar system – whichever is lowest. On top of this, the Solar Homes Program also gives homeowners access to an interest-free loan for an amount equivalent to their rebate amount, to be repaid over four years.
See if you’re eligible
Victorian households are eligible to receive a solar rebate for installing a solar PV system if they meet the following criteria:
- They’re the owner-occupier of the property
- The owners have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per year (based on last year’s Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment)
- It’s an existing property valued under $3 million
- They don’t have an existing solar system.
On the last point, note that if you had your system installed prior to November 1, 2009 and you meet the rest – you’re eligible to replace or expand your existing solar system under the Solar Homes Project. Keep in mind that upgrading your system may impact your feed-in tariff.
How do I get a quote?
Choose a retailer
If you’re looking at these rebates, keep in mind is that the retailer you obtain a quote from must be an authorised solar retailer. Once you’ve found the authorised solar retailer you want to use, contact them to obtain a quote.
Approved Solar Retailers
From November 1 the authorised solar retailers under the Solar Homes program will all be required to have the Clean Energy Council’s Approved Solar Retailer (ASR) status to participate.
Find out if you’re eligible
From here the retailer will upload your quote to the Solar Victoria Portal, which will start your application for eligibility. Once you have successfully completed the application via the portal you will be supplied with an eligibility number. You’ll need to supply your eligibility number to the installer as it will confirm that they can go ahead with your installation.
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