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Save with the sun. It's that simple.
The Victorian Government's Solar PV rebate applications are now open.
Start by selecting the status of your Solar PV system installation from the two options below:
If you are unsure about the process, or would like some further information, contact Solar Victoria on 1300 363 744.
The Victorian Government will help Victorian households cut their electricity bills through the Solar Homes Package which will be delivered by the newly established Solar Victoria.
Eligible households can claim a 50 per cent rebate on the cost of a solar PV system, up to a maximum rebate of $2,225 or a $1,000 rebate for the replacement of hot water systems with solar hot water. Households will only be eligible for one rebate under the Solar Homes package (i.e. a household that accesses a solar hot water rebate cannot claim a solar PV rebate).
Rebates are available for systems installed from 19 August 2018.
We have received alerts that scammers have been targeting Victorian households.
Be alert to callers claiming to be from the Victorian Government or Solar Victoria requesting bank account details. We will never ask you to provide personal details such as banking information over the phone.
If you believe you are being contacted by a scammer or have been contacted by someone engaging in fraudulent of dishonest activities relating to solar rebates please report to ScamWatch and contact Solar Victoria on 1300 363 744. For more information on scams visit the Consumer Affairs website.
Consumer protection and improving Industry standards
Solar Victoria is working with industry to develop a comprehensive system to improve consumer protections and the standards of the solar industry.
The Solar Homes program requires solar panel installers to be accredited by the Clean Energy Council and only install products approved by the CEC. Accredited installers are bound by an installers’ Code of Conduct, which acts to guide the behaviour of accredited installers, and the standards of conduct and professionalism expected of them.
The Clean Energy Council also maintains a Solar Retailer Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct is voluntary, and aims to lift the bar higher than the minimum requirements set by government and regulators and improve professionalism in the solar industry by encouraging solar businesses to show their commitment to responsible sales and marketing activities and solar industry best practice. The Code is authorised by the ACCC. People using companies who’ve signed on to the code can be confident that they're working with a reputable retailer.
The Smart Energy Council also provides helpful information regarding the quality of solar panels at https://www.smartenergy.org.au/about
Safety and quality assurance
Solar Victoria will require the highest standards in safety and quality assurance.
The Solar Homes Package will required the use of accredited installers and approved products and will undertake regular audits to ensure safety and quality standards are being met.
For more information contact Solar Victoria on 1300 363 744 or register here for updates.