What is the Notice to Market?
The Solar Homes Program Notice to Market provides the solar industry in Victoria with a clear overview of the rules and expectations for participation in the program.
Participants, such as solar retailers and installers, must comply with the requirements for rebates to apply to their solar and battery systems. Where a participant no longer meets mandatory requirements, we may suspend or cancel participation in the Solar Homes Program by written notice.
We are working with the solar industry to drive adoption of new technologies and improve standards. The Notice to Market is an important part of raising the bar for Victoria’s solar industry and ensuring customers receive high-quality systems, installed safely by qualified professionals.
Notice to Market as of 30 November 2020
The current Notice to Market was released in April 2020 and is effective as of 1 July 2020. This update is effective from 30 November 2020. There are several new requirements:
- only solar PV modules from Solar Victoria’s can be used and they must be participating in the joint industry and Clean Energy Regulator
- solar retailers must have no prosecutions registered with WorkSafe Victoria (or equivalent) in the past three years that has resulted in a plea of guilty or finding of guilt
- the battery program has expanded, now delivering benefits to more Victorian households.
- all workers engaged in solar installations must undertake
- compliance with the Victorian Government’s
- new functionality requirements for solar inverters.
This Notice to Market is effective as of 30 November 2020 and replaces any previous versions.
Solar Hot Water rebates are available on an ongoing basis and will not be subject to fixed released dates at this stage.
|Release date||Minimum PV rebates released||Minimum battery rebates released||Minimum rental rebates released|
|Wednesday 6 January||2500||250||75|
|Wednesday 20 January||2500||250||75|
|Wednesday 3 February||2500||250||75|
|Wednesday 17 February||2500||250||75|
|Wednesday 3 March||2500||250||80|
|Wednesday 17 March||2500||250||80|
|Tuesday 6 April||2500||250||85|
|Wednesday 21 April||2500||250||85|
|Wednesday 5 May||2500||250||90|
|Wednesday 19 May||2500||250||90|
|Wednesday 2 June||2500||250||95|
|Wednesday 16 June||2500||250||95|
The Solar Homes Program provides the residential solar industry in Victoria with certainty on volumes, certainty on quality and certainty on price.
As technology improves and product prices reduce, we expect operators to find efficiencies and deliver continued reductions in the prices of installed solar PVs and batteries consistent with the price reductions that have been seen over recent years, while also maintaining and improving quality and customer experience.
The solar PV and battery rebate amounts under the Solar Homes Program from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020 are detailed in the table below.
Solar Homes Program rebate amounts
|Rebate type||Rebate pricing (July 2020-30 June 2021)|
|Solar Hot Water||$1,000|
Future technology requirements
As the Solar Homes Program rolls out over 10 years, we will continue to work with industry and peak bodies to continuously update the program. Guidance will be provided mapping out future technology requirements, to ensure products supported by the Solar Homes Program:
- remain fit for purpose
- offer the highest standards in safety, quality, and consumer benefit
- align with the broader strategy of the government to support future changes to the energy network.
- support innovation
There will be regular updates to technology requirements to incorporate broader developments in the energy sector and to ensure alignment with the Victorian Government’s energy policies. Notice to Market communications will notify retailers and installers of any changes well in advance.
Solar Homes resources
We have developed these resources for local councils, businesses and community groups to support the promotion of the Solar Homes program across Victoria.
Reviewed 18 December 2020