The Victorian Solar Homes scheme was launched on 19 August 2018 and after being paused briefly re-opened from July 1st 2019.
For customers looking for Solar PV (photo-voltaic or electricity producing panels) the rebates available are as follows.
Solar PV up-front rebate
The up-front rebate is passed through to eligible households as a discount on the sale price of 50% of the system cost up to $1,888. There are 3,333 of these rebates available each calendar month and customers will confirm their eligibility through the Solar Victoria Portal.
Solar PV no interest loan
Eligible households can now also apply for a no interest loan over 4 years through Solar Victoria. The loan is optional but if households opt to take it up it must be matched to the up-front rebate amount above.
Battery upfront rebate
Solar Victoria is piloting an up-front rebate for battery storage installed in homes with existing solar systems in select suburbs. The rebate amount is up to 50% of the battery price capped at $4,838 and the existing solar system must have a rated output of at least 5kW and the list of available suburbs can be found here.
Solar PV for landlords and tenants
166 solar PV rebates per month will also be made available to landlords for tenanted properties. As with the standard Solar PV rebates the amount payable is up to 50% of the system cost up to $1,888. No interest loans will also be made available for landlords from late 2019.
Household Eligibility Criteria
For all Solar Victoria Rebates households must fulfil the following criteria:
- homes valued at less than $3 million,
- a combined household income of less than $180,000 per annum (before tax).
- The solar PV rebates require no existing system to be installed on the property
- The battery rebates require and existing system of 5kW or more and the household must be in one of the eligible suburbs.