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When the Victorian government announced the solar rebate program in 2018, demand was much higher than expected. The original 24,000 available rebates were quickly exhausted, as were the 8,000 extra rebates made available after that. The overwhelming demand resulted in long application processing delays, dodgy retailers taking advantage of desperate customers and unsafe working conditions for installers under pressure to meet deadlines. As a result of this, the Victorian government has announced additional restrictions on…

With all the talk about solar power incentives for homeowners, many renters feel left out. From 1 July 2019 onward that will change as the Victorian government is making the $2,225 rebate available for rental properties, allowing renters to also benefit from lower energy bills. In this article we explain everything you need to know. What’s the government offering The incentive on offer for landlords and renters is the same $2,225 rebate as being offered…

As the government is working on tax relief legislation, there are some that are asking the government to do something about the energy price increases first. Stating that there’s a potential that any benefit from the tax relief legislation could be nullified by energy price hikes. In this article we look at a couple of scenarios and what that would mean for your return on investment for solar power. For either a system you already…

Update 1 July 2019: This is an older article. The solar power rebate is now back and you can read everything you need to know in this article. At the end of 2018 the Victorian government announced the solar power rebate. The government said that they would pay for 50% of new solar power installations up to $2,225 for the first 24,000 eligible households to apply. And Victorians did. In droves. Fast forward to the…

“Panels go up there [points to roof] and my bill goes down…” Most people have a limited understanding of how solar power works and what’s involved – and rightly so. But this is the exact opportunity that dodgy solar retailers abuse to offload sub-standard panels and inverters, leaving customers high and dry when things inevitably go wrong. In Australia, over 2 million households have made the switch to give up their bill and install solar…

The solar power rebate got everyone excited when it was first announced back in November 2018, and an overwhelming number of people installed solar because of it. Now, months later, many of the same people are still waiting for their rebate to come in. So what’s taking so long? Update 1 July 2019: The rebate is now back with updated details to prevent delays, like those mentioned below, from happening again. You can read more…

While prices of solar power batteries have fallen significantly over the past years, their price tags remain hefty. Let’s take a look at how the government is pitching in. There’s been a lot of talk about solar power batteries, but the reality is that battery powered homes are still far and few between. This article goes into detail about how battery technology has advanced over the last couple of years and it also mentions the…

While it might not yet make financial sense, it’s already very much possible to completely cut ties with your energy company in 2019. Below we’ll tell you how to do it. We hear from our energy companies, only when they have a bill that needs paying or when we are up for a price increase. We get annoyed and sometimes we might even call them, but most of the time we begrudgingly pay up and…