Solar hot water rebate

We are providing a rebate of up to $1,000 on solar hot water systems.

This is a great option for households where solar panels might not be suitable, or for households that already have solar panels installed. 

On average, households that install solar hot water systems can expect to save between $140-$400 per year on their electricity bills. 

See if you fit the eligibility criteria below, then follow the three-step process to apply for a rebate.

We’ve updated the rebate process to make it even easier for Victorians to take up solar.

Under the new process, the rebate will be paid directly to your provider and deducted from your invoice – ensuring you only have to pay any outstanding balance once the system is installed.  

Solar Victoria do not recommend signing a quote acceptance or paying a deposit prior to receiving your rebate eligibility confirmation. As a minimum you should confirm with your retailer that any deposit is fully refundable. If you are confirmed as eligible, Solar Victoria will provide you a unique eligibility code that must be scanned by your installer in order to proceed with your installation.

Eligibility Criteria

Victorian household owners are eligible to receive a rebate under the Solar Homes Program (the Program) if:

  • they are the owner-occupier of the property
  • all owners have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per annum (based on their Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment for the last two years)
  • it is an existing property, valued at under $3 million
  • the hot water system to be replaced is at least three years old from the date of purchase
  • they have not received a solar PV rebate or a battery rebate under the program
  • the property is not a new build

Once you’re confident that your property meets the eligibility criteria, you can start the process by applying for an eligibility number.

Getting Started

Before you begin installing a solar hot water system, you should be sure that you understand the rebate process. The process for applying for a solar hot water rebate is different from applying for a solar PV or battery rebate.

Once you are confident you understand the process, you can seek out a quote for your solar hot water installation. Obtaining a quote is necessary to apply for an eligibility number, which your installer will use to confirm that they can go ahead with your installation.

How does it work?

There are three easy steps to apply for a Solar Hot Water rebate

Step 1 - Inform yourself

Before you sign a contract for solar hot water, you should be sure that you understand the rebate process and eligibility criteria.

Step 2 - Apply for a rebate

Solar Victoria will provide you with an eligibility pack containing documents that will need to be completed. The customer then sends the completed documents to Solar Victoria via a secure link.

Solar Victoria then assesses the customers application. The customer and solar hot water system provider are then informed whether their application has been approved.

Step 3 - Get the system installed

Customer arranges the installation of the system with their solar hot water provider.

The solar hot water provider will upload the proof of installation documents via the secure link after completing the installation process. After which the retailer is directly paid the rebate amount into their nominated bank.

Please note that the program requires the installation of an approved product from the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) Register of approved products and the Victorian Essential Services Commission (ESC) Registered Products list. Below is a downloadable version of the consolidated approved products for solar hot water.  

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Reviewed 17 January 2020

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