Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews: ?We?ll hook you up on solar power ? and we?ll cover the cost upfront. The big energy companies won?t like this one bit.?
Update 1 July 2019: The Victorian government solar power rebate program has been reopened after it was closed in May 2019. Below is the old article. While still containing a lot of relevant information, we recommend you read our newer article about the rebate here.
The Victorian Government has unlocked an initial $68 million to help ease cost of living pressures on households, and from 19 August 2018 – 30 June 2019 the first 24,000 households to sign up will be eligible for an additional $2,225 rebate on top of existing incentives. As of 9 April 2019, only 2,000 of the 24,000 rebates are still available until the end of the financial year.
After 1 July 2019 the program will get extended to more eligible Victorian households.
Looking for information on how to claim the rebate on a system you had installed recently? Take a look here, or ask your solar retailer.
$2,225 Rebate off your solar system applies to Victorian households who:
- Have a combined household Taxable Income of less than $180,000 per annum;
- Is an owner-occupier of a home valued at under $3,000,000;
- Does not already have a solar panel system installed on their property;
- 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;
- Engages an installer who can provide a statement that they have had no significant contravention history, or prosecutions registered with WorkSafe Victoria, or;
- Is an early adopter of Solar PV looking to replace or expand their system.*
The announcement about the grant came at a strategic time in the year, as solar homes were preparing for the most productive seasonal period in terms of solar production. As the the average day length increases over summer, households with solar panels are able to generate more of their electricity requirements themselves, and therefore save on their bills.
Solar installation companies in Victoria quote 2-3 weeks to schedule a typical residential solar installation, with summer demand pushing that to as much as 5-8 weeks.
Victorians considering solar are being encouraged to act immediately to secure one of the 24,000 available bonus rebates of $2,225 before 30 June.
The program will not be extend beyond these 24,000 until 1 July 2019.
(NOTE: We contacted Solar Victoria directly and compiled an easy 4-step process on how to claim the Solar rebate. Learn more here.)
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*Early adopters of solar PV, who meet all other eligibility criteria, are able to claim a rebate for a new or expanded system. An early adopter is defined as a solar system that was installed prior to the commencement of the Premium Feed-In Tariff (PFIT) on November 1, 2009. Your Distribution Network Service Provider can confirm that the date on which your solar PV system was connected to the grid was prior to the start of the PFIT. Other than for early adopters, the solar rebate cannot be used to expand an existing solar panel installation.