The State of Victoria through Solar Victoria within the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (Solar Victoria) administers the discretionary financial benefit and loan ‘Solar Homes’ program for the purpose of supporting the uptake and accessibility of solar energy products including solar panels, solar hot water systems and solar batteries in residential properties (Solar Homes Program).
- Solar Victoria may provide a Solar Homes Rebate if it is satisfied that you comply with the Eligibility Criteria and you have fulfilled all other conditions set out in these Terms and Conditions.
- You may only use the Solar Homes Rebate to assist you with the supply and installation cost of the Solar PV System, Solar Battery System or the Solar Hot Water System selected by you in your application to be installed at your Nominated Property.
- You agree that you satisfy the Eligibility Criteria and all information you have disclosed to support your application for a Solar Homes Rebate is true, complete, accurate and not misleading.
- You acknowledge and consent to Solar Victoria collecting information regarding the past and future electricity use at the Nominated Property.
- Solar Victoria may reject or cancel your application for a Solar Homes Rebate, or if Solar Victoria has already paid the Solar Homes Rebate, seek reimbursement of that rebate, under certain circumstances provided in these Terms and Conditions.
- By making an application for a Solar Homes Rebate, you accept, and agree to be bound by, these Terms and Conditions.
In these Terms and Conditions:
Applicant or you means the applicant who applies for a Solar Homes Rebate.
Authorised Solar Retailer means a retailer of Solar PV Systems, Solar Battery Systems and/or Solar Hot Water systems who:
- meets the mandatory eligibility criteria for retailers specified from time to time in the Notice to Market; and
- is listed as an Authorised Solar Retailer on Solar Victoria’s website.
Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) means integrated solar panel walls, facades and roofs and any associated equipment. BIPV are not an eligible system and are not included in the Solar Victoria list of approved products.
Business Day means a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday in Melbourne.
Certificate of Electrical Safety means a Certificate of Electrical Safety issued under the Electricity Safety Act 1998 (Vic) and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009 (Vic) for the supply and installation of an Eligible System.
Consequential Loss means economic loss, loss of contract, loss of profit or revenue, loss of opportunity, loss of production, production stoppage, loss of data or other loss, harm, damage, cost or expense (including legal fees) in the nature of special, indirect or consequential loss or damage.
Costs includes costs, charges, expenses and fees, including fees, costs, charges and expenses for legal and other advisers (on a full indemnity basis).
DNSP Pre-Connection Approval means pre-approval from the relevant local distribution network service provider (DNSP) for the connection of the Solar Battery System to the electricity distribution network.
Eligible System means:
- a Solar System;
- a Solar Battery System; or
- a Solar Hot Water System.
Eligibility Criteria means the criteria to be eligible for the Solar Homes Rebate as referred to in the Notice to Market (and as varied by Solar Victoria in its absolute discretion from time to time).
Event of Default means any event or circumstance specified in clause 8.1.
Loss means any loss, damage, Cost, expense, claim, charge, liability, suit, action, penalty, compensation, fine or outgoing suffered, paid or incurred whether direct or indirect or consequential, present or future, fixed or unascertained, actual or contingent and whether arising under an indemnity, in contract (including any breach of these Terms and Conditions), in equity (including breach of an equitable duty, breach of confidentiality or breach of fiduciary duty), under statute (including breach of statutory duty to the maximum extent possible), in tort (including for negligence or negligent misrepresentation) or otherwise (including in restitution), and includes Consequential Loss.
Nominated Property means the residential property, owned by the Applicant and on which the Eligible System is to be installed.
Plumbing Certificate of Compliance means a compliance certificate that complies with the Building Act 1993 (Vic).
Rebate Amount means:
- in relation to a Solar System, 50% of the Supply and Installation Cost for the Solar System;
- in relation to a Solar Battery System, 50% of the Supply and Installation Cost for the Solar Battery System; and
- in relation to a Solar Hot Water System, 50% of the Supply and Installation Cost for the Solar Hot Water System,
in each case up to the Maximum Rebate Amount.
Solar Homes Program has the meaning given in the Background.
Solar Homes Rebate means the Rebate Amount provided by Solar Victoria to the Applicant under the Solar Homes Program.
Solar Hot Water System means a solar hot water system, including heat pumps, and any associated equipment included in:
- the Solar Victoria list of approved products, as varied from time to time, and published at ; and
- the Clean Energy Regulator’s Register List of Registered Solar Hot Water Heaters and the Victorian Essential Services Commission Registered Products List.
Solar Victoria has the meaning given in the Background.
STC Assignment Form means the small-scale technology certificate assignment form.
Supply and Installation Cost means the cost of supply and/or installation of an Eligible System at the Nominated Property for the Applicant less any discounts.
Tax Invoice has the meaning given to that term in A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (Cth).
Taxes means any taxes, rates, levy, impost, duties or other charges assessed or payable to any government authority and includes any additional taxes, interests, penalties, charges, fees or other amounts imposed in relation to a failure to file a return or to pay the tax.
Terms and Conditions means these terms and conditions.
VEEC Assignment Form means the Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificate assignment form.
VEEC/STC Assignment Form means a combined VEEC Assignment Form and STC Assignment Form.
2. Applicant acknowledgements
The Applicant acknowledges and agrees that:
- Solar Victoria has absolute discretion to determine matters in relation to the Solar Homes Program including:
- the implementation and operation of the Solar Homes Program; and
- the Eligibility Criteria;
- the Applicant is solely responsible for selecting an Authorised Solar Retailer and for satisfying itself that the Nominated Property is suitable for installation of the relevant Eligible System, and neither Solar Victoria nor its contractors warrant as to the standard of care or process that will be undertaken by the Authorised Solar Retailer;
- neither Solar Victoria nor the Victorian Government are responsible for the supply or installation of the Eligible System, which must be supplied and installed by an Authorised Solar Retailer. Subject to the balance of this clause, Solar Victoria and the Victorian Government will have no liability to the Applicant for any Loss that arises directly or indirectly in connection with the Solar Home Program or the installation or operation of the Eligible System;
- the Applicant forever releases and discharges each of Solar Victoria and the Victorian Government and agrees to hold each of them harmless from any and all past, present and future claims that arises directly or indirectly in connection with the Solar Home Program or the installation or operation of the Eligible System;
- Solar Victoria has the right to contact other State, Territory and Commonwealth government agencies, and third-party clean energy industry participants and peak-bodies, to verify information provided by the Applicant in connection with their application for a Solar Homes Rebate;
- any information provided by the Applicant in connection with the Solar Homes Rebate will be retained by Solar Victoria for auditing and program reporting purposes for a sufficient period to satisfy Solar Victoria’s reporting and record-keeping requirements;
- Solar Victoria may contact the Applicant for information in relation to an Authorised Solar Retailer and the Eligible System, and participation in surveys for the purpose of auditing and program reporting purposes; and
- Solar Victoria may share the Applicant’s contact details with electricity retailers or distributors about participating in battery trials to maximise the value households obtain from their Solar Battery System.
The Applicant may only use the Solar Homes Rebate to assist with the cost of installing the Eligible System approved by Solar Victoria at the Applicant’s Nominated Property.
4. Conditions to receiving the Rebate Amount
Solar Victoria may provide the Rebate Amount, if Solar Victoria is satisfied that:
- (receipt of documents) it has received the following items in form and substance satisfactory to it:
- (information from Approved System Provider) all relevant documents relating to the supply and installation of an Eligible System at the Nominated Property from the Approved System Provider including:
- a Tax Invoice;
- a Certificate of Electrical Safety (if applicable);
- a Plumbing Certificate of Compliance (if applicable);
- a DNSP Pre-Connection Approval (if applicable);
- STC Assignment Form or combined STC/VECC Assignment Form; and
- VECC Assignment Form (if applicable).
- (customer rebate claim form) a customer rebate claim form (if applicable);
- (other information) all other information and documents requested by Solar Victoria in connection with the Solar Homes Rebate; and
- (information from Approved System Provider) all relevant documents relating to the supply and installation of an Eligible System at the Nominated Property from the Approved System Provider including:
- (representations and warranties) the representations and warranties in clause 6 are correct and not misleading;
- (no Event of Default) no Event of Default subsists; and
- (Eligibility Criteria) the Applicant meets the Eligibility Criteria.
4.2 Expiry of Solar Homes Rebate
The Applicant's eligibility for a Solar Homes Rebate for a Solar PV System or a Solar Battery System or a Solar Hot Water System will expire if the conditions set out in clause 4.1 are not satisfied within four (4) months from the date on which Solar Victoria determines that the Applicant has satisfied the Eligibility Criteria. Where the nominated property is not an existing property and is under construction, the Applicant's eligibility for a Solar Homes Rebate for a Solar PV System will expire if the conditions set out in clause 4.1 are not satisfied within 270 days from the date on which Solar Victoria determines that the Applicant has satisfied the Eligibility Criteria.
5. Provision of Rebate Amount
Following Solar Victoria's determination that the conditions in clause 4 have been satisfied, Solar Victoria will pay the Rebate Amount directly to the Authorised Solar Retailer who completed the supply and installation of the Eligible System at the Nominated Property.
6. Representations and warranties
6.1 Representations and warranties
The Applicant represents and warrants to Solar Victoria that:
- (capacity) they act on their own behalf in accepting these Terms and Conditions, and not as a trustee or on another person’s behalf;
- (Application) all information disclosed to Solar Victoria to support their application for the Solar Homes Rebate is true, complete, accurate and not misleading;
- (Eligibility Criteria) they satisfy the Eligibility Criteria;
- (Solar Homes Program) they have not previously received:
- a Solar Homes Rebate for a Solar Battery System where the rebate application is for a Solar System or Solar Hot Water System;
- any Solar Homes Rebate where the rebate application is for a Solar Battery System
- (disposal) the installed Eligible System will be used at the Nominated Property and will not be re-sold or re-located for reasons other than those set out in clause 7.2(i);
- (Solar PV System) the Eligible System installed at the Nominated Property was not installed prior to the Applicant’s application for a Solar Homes Rebate;
- (solvent) they are not involved in any bankruptcy, insolvency or other similar proceeding;
- (non-compliance) to the best of their knowledge, there are no legal, regulatory, contractual or other restrictions that would prevent the Applicant complying with these Terms and Conditions;
- (information) they have fully disclosed (in writing) to Solar Victoria all information material to Solar Victoria’s assessment of the nature and amount of risk undertaken by Solar Victoria in entering into and performing the obligations under these Terms and Conditions and such information is accurate and not misleading; and
- (no Event of Default) no Event of Default subsists.
The Applicant repeats each representation and warranty in this clause 6 with reference to the facts and circumstances on the application date, the date on which conditions in clause 4 are satisfied and date the Solar Homes Rebate is provided.
7.1 Notices to Solar Victoria
The Applicant must notify Solar Victoria as soon as they become aware of:
- (representation and warranty) any representation and warranty made, or taken to be made, by it or on their behalf in connection with their application for a Solar Homes Rebate becoming untrue, incorrect or misleading when made or taken to be made; and
- (Event of Default) an Event of Default occurring, and (if applicable) the steps taken or proposed to be taken to remedy it.
7.2 General undertakings
The Applicant must (unless Solar Victoria otherwise consents):
- (access) on reasonable notice, provide Solar Victoria or its contractors with access to the Nominated Property during business hours to carry out inspections or audits of the Eligible System;
- (information) provide any information in relation to the Nominated Property, the Authorised Solar Retailer and the Eligible System that Solar Victoria may request from time to time;
- (tenants) if the Nominated Property is tenanted, procure that the relevant information and consents in clauses 7.2(b) and 12 are provided by the tenant to Solar Victoria;
- (obligations) comply with their obligations under these Terms and Conditions and not enter into any arrangement or other arrangement which would prevent them from complying with their obligations under these Terms and Conditions;
- (no Event of Default) ensure that an Event of Default does not occur;
- (operation) not operate or maintain the installed Eligible System in any way which would render the manufacturer’s warranty void;
- (maintenance) not permit a person other than a person qualified to maintain an Eligible System to undertake maintenance or any other work on the installed Eligible System;
- (disposal) not remove or dispose of the Eligible System from the Nominated Property unless:
- for the purposes of maintenance or repair;
- for the purposes of safety of any person, property or the environment;
- it is disposed of at a time after the expiry of all warranties provided in respect of that Eligible System; or
- with the written consent of Solar Victoria; and
- (Solar Homes Rebate) not apply or otherwise attempt to receive more than one rebate under the Solar Homes Program for:
- the same Eligible System; or
- a Solar Battery System
8. Events of Default
8.1 Events of Default
An Event of Default occurs, whether or not it is within the control of the Applicant, if:
- (obligations) the Applicant fails to comply with any obligation under these Terms and Conditions and the breach is incapable of remedy or, where the breach is capable of remedy, fails to remedy that breach within five Business Days of the earlier of:
- receipt by the Applicant of a Notice from Solar Victoria requesting the Applicant to do so; and
- the Applicant becoming aware of the failure to comply; and
- (untrue representation) a representation, warranty or statement made (or deemed to be made) by or on behalf of the Applicant to Solar Victoria is or becomes untrue, incomplete, misleading or deceptive in any respect which Solar Victoria considers to be material.
8.2 Consequences of Event of Default
- If an Event of Default subsists, Solar Victoria may give Notice to the Applicant declaring that:
- any pending application for a Solar Homes Rebate is rejected and/or pending payment of the Solar Homes Rebate is cancelled; and
- the Applicant must reimburse all or any part of any Solar Homes Rebate to Solar Victoria; and
- Solar Victoria's obligations specified in the Notice have been terminated with immediate effect.
- If Solar Victoria gives a Notice under clause 8.2(a) Solar Victoria will not be obliged to make available a Solar Homes Rebate available to the Applicant under these Terms and Conditions.
9. Costs and expenses
- Each party is responsible for its own costs in relation to the Solar Homes Rebate and these Terms and Conditions.
- Solar Victoria has the right to seek recovery of any costs from the Applicant in connection with the enforcement of, or the preservation of any rights under, these Terms and Conditions.
- Except for general communication undertaken by phone and Solar Victoria's website, legal notices under these Terms and Conditions must be in writing and sent to the address of the recipient specified below or to any other address notified in writing:
- A notice, consent or communication by email is taken to be in writing and signed by the named sender.
- The Applicant agrees to the Electronic Transactions Act 2000 (Vic) applying to communication under these Terms and Conditions. The Applicant further agrees that any notices and communications between Solar Victoria and the Applicant relating to or connected with these Terms and Conditions can be conducted using electronic communications sent to any email address specified by the Applicant and that they agree to enter into contracts with Solar Victoria and interact with Solar Victoria using electronic communication.
11. Privacy and data protection
- The Applicant acknowledges that the personal information that Solar Victoria collects is handled in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) for the purposes of administering the Solar Homes Program and assessing the Applicant's eligibility to participate in that program.
- Solar Victoria will share the information with other State, Territory and Commonwealth government agencies, Solar Victoria's delivery partners and third-party clean energy industry participants and peak-bodies. Solar Victoria may provide Service Victoria with complete (unredacted) copies of any documents submitted by the Applicant as part of the application process.
- Solar Victoria will also use the information, in a de-identified way, to evaluate the effectiveness of the Solar Homes Program and also for the purpose of public policy research into energy affordability and related matters.
12. Collection of electricity data
- The Applicant consents to Solar Victoria (or any other Victorian Government entity which administers the Solar Homes Program) collecting information (including on an on-line basis) regarding past and future electricity use, generation and network data at the Nominated Property and the Nominated Property's National Metering Identifier (NMI), including from the Applicant's electricity retailer and the electricity distributor to which the Nominated Property is connected. The Applicant agrees to give any consents or provide any information required by the electricity retailer or distributor or the Australian Energy Market Operator which are required for Solar Victoria (or other relevant Victorian government entity) to receive this information (including the information required as set out in clause 12(b)).
- Without limiting clause 12(a):
- for the 12-month period prior to the date of the Applicant's application for a Solar Homes Rebate; and
- for a period of four calendar years from the Applicant's application for a Solar Homes Rebate (or if the Applicant leaves the property prior to this, to the date the Applicant leaves the Nominated Property),
the Applicant must provide, or consents to Solar Victoria (or any other Victorian Government entity which administers the Solar Homes Program) collecting details of the Applicant's electricity consumption, generation and the rates and charges billed by the Applicant's electricity retailer which can be evidenced by:
- electricity bills from the Applicant's electricity retailer;
- household electricity metering data;
- data from solar photovoltaic and battery inverters;
- data from solar photovoltaic and battery monitoring software,
provided the relevant documentation details the consumption, rates and charges paid by the Applicant for electricity usage at the Nominated Property for the relevant period.
If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is void, voidable by a party, unenforceable, invalid or illegal and would not be so if a word or words were omitted, then that word or those words are to be severed and, if this cannot be done, the entire provision is to be severed from these Terms and Conditions without affecting the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions.
13.2 Governing law
These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws in force in Victoria.
Reviewed 06 January 2023