About the program
The Solar for Business Program is a new initiative designed to support Victorian small businesses to reduce their energy costs by accessing the benefits of renewable energy.
This initiative will bring down energy bills for small businesses by reducing the upfront cost of the installation of an approved small-scale solar PV system up to 30kW.
To support the economic recovery of Victorian small businesses and the broader solar sector, 15,000 solar PV rebates will be available over the next three years.
Rebates cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of a rooftop solar system with small businesses eligible for a maximum rebate of $3,500 to reduce the upfront cost of installing solar on their business premises.
This means the total rebate amount will be capped at 50% or $3,500 of the cost on any approved system. For example, if the net costs of solar are $10,000, then the rebate value applied is $3,500 (not $5,000) or if the net costs are $4,000, then the rebate value applied is $2,000 (not $3,500).
Am I eligible?
All entity types, including charities and not-for-profit organisations, are eligible for the Solar for Business rebates providing they meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be the owner of a business that employs at least one person, not including the business owner, and less than 20 people
- Operate from premises that are non-residential.
- Operate from premises that are individually metered
- Have your system installed by a as detailed on Solar Victoria’s website
- Install a solar system with a PV capacity size up to 30kW, and detailed on the .
Businesses who own their premises and those who rent can apply for the Solar for Business rebate. Ownership of premises also includes a property which is owned by an associated entity such as a Family Trust, Holding Company or Self-Managed Super Fund.
The rebate is only available for installations which occur following the program formally opening for applications in late May. Systems installed prior will not be eligible for a rebate.
If your home is your main place of business and you meet the eligibility criteria for the residential program, you may be eligible for a Solar Homes rebate.
Eligible businesses will be able to apply for a Solar for Business rebate through the Solar Victoria portal from late May 2021.
How to apply
Applications will open in late May, but we encourage eligible business owners to reach out to authorised solar retailers now to get a quote, so they are ready to apply when the customer portal opens.
Business owners will also need to provide the following information to prove their eligibility for the rebate:
- A quote number from an approved solar retailer
- Australian Business Number (ABN)
- WorkCover Employer Number - This can be found at the top right corner of a WorkSafe Invoice Renewal Notice or by logging into the WorkSafe Online Portal or by contacting your WorkSafe Agent directly
- Certified Rateable Remuneration as reported to WorkSafe Victoria for the prior financial year (or this financial year if no renumeration was reported last year) - this can be found in the WorkSafe Online Portal
If you rent your business premises or your business premises are owned in a different legal name to that of your business, you will also need to provide a completed copy of the signed by an authorised representative of your business and the property owner landlord.
Register your interest
General fact sheet
Landlord fact sheet
Landlord and Tenant Guidelines and Consent Form
The Solar for Business Program will offer eligible businesses a rebate that covers 50 per cent of the cost of installing a rooftop solar system up to $3,500.
This is the first time solar rebates will be available for Victorian small businesses, which can now join the thousands of households that have become part of the government’s Solar Homes Program. Over the next three years, 15,000 businesses can apply for a solar rebate to reduce the upfront cost of the installation of an approved small-scale solar system.
The program will keep the application process as simple as possible for businesses, using common verifiable documents that are readily available to business owners.
Businesses will need to provide the following when they apply:
- a quote from an approved solar retailer
- Contact details of the business representative
- The business Australian Business Number (ABN)
- WorkCover Employer Number - this can be found at the top right corner of your WorkSafe Renewal Notice or by logging into the WorkSafe Online Portal
- Certified Rateable Remuneration as reported to WorkSafe Victoria for the prior financial year (or this financial year if no renumeration was reported last year) - this can be found by logging into the WorkSafe Online Portal or by contacting your WorkSafe Agent directly to obtain this information.
All entity types (excluding government organisations) can apply for a Solar for Business rebate provided they meet the eligibility criteria.
Solar Victoria has identified three different categories of business owners who are eligible to apply for the rebate. They are:
- Owner occupier – You own the property in the same name as your business.
- Associated entity – You own or control the property under a different name to that of your business
- Renter – You rent the property from an entity you’re not associated with
Please note that associated entities and renters must provide a copy of Solar Victoria’s Landlord and Tenant Guidelines and Consent Form.
No, an eligible business can only receive one rebate per ABN.
The total number of employees includes employees who work full-time, part-time or casual hours. It does not include the business owner or owners.
Businesses will only need to meet the criteria set out on the Solar Victoria website. There are no limits on business income.
The 30kW is based on panel size.
All entities, excluding government organisations, can get the rebate. Entities as diverse as businesses, charities, farms and even Airbnbs can apply provided they meet the eligibility criteria.
A business must operate from eligible premises determined by its Australian Valuation Property Classification Code [AVPCC]. Your premises AVPCC can be found on your Council Rates Notice.
A list of eligible AVPCC can be found below.
Your premises must be connected to the grid and have its own National Meter Identifier (NMI).
Yes, provided that they are different addresses and your business operates from eligible premises.
A franchisee will have a separate ABN to the franchisor. As a business is identified by their ABN under the Solar for Business Program, the number of employees would be calculated per franchisee.
Reviewed 13 May 2021