The Victorian Government is providing a $1,000 rebate on solar hot water systems for 6,000 households. Typical households can save $160-$400 per year on their bills from solar hot water.
This is a great option for households where solar panels might not be suitable, or for households that already have solar panels installed. A typical solar hot water system is estimated to pay itself off in around six years with a rebate and will keep providing savings for many years to come.
There are a number of companies that manufacture solar hot water systems here in Victoria and households are encouraged to consider a locally made option.
When does the rebate start?
The rebates are available for systems installed from 19 August 2018 to 30 June 2019.
Applications for rebates will open soon. Register for updates to be notified when applications open.
Am I eligible?
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).
To be eligible for a rebate, you must be able to answer 'Yes' to the following:
- Do you have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per annum? (based on the 2016/17 or 2017/18 tax assessment notices for the home owners or alternative proof of income for the 2016-17 or 2017-18 financial year. For example, proof of pension received)
- Are you the owner-occupier of the home?
- Is the home valued at under $3 million?
- Are you replacing an existing hot water system, including an existing solar hot water system?
- Was your solar hot water system installed on or after the 19th of August?
When selecting a solar hot water provider you must ensure they:
- install a product from the Clean Energy Regulator's Register of approved solar hot water heaters
- can provide a statement that they have had no prosecutions registered with WorkSafe Victoria in the past three years (or with an equivalent authority in another Australian jurisdiction).
Not-for-profit community housing providers will also be eligible to apply for a rebate on behalf of their tenants.
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
Why install solar hot water?
Solar hot water systems are designed to work even in the most overcast conditions.
Electric or gas boosting systems can ensure that you’ll always have the hot water you need.
Solar systems can be connected to some solar water heater technologies to allow you to convert any excess electricity your system produces to stored hot water for later use.
There are numerous types of solar hot water technologies including:
- Flat plate
- Evacuated tube
- Roof mount
- Split system
- Heat pump