We are now piloting a battery rebate scheme to help identify demand and battery usage in Victoria.
In 2019-20 there will be 1,000 rebates of up to $4,838 for a solar battery system.
These rebates will be available to people in designated suburbs who have already installed solar panels, but have not already accessed a solar rebate. Last year, we promised that the battery program will be available in growth areas where there are already a large number of homes with solar panels.
The criteria for Victorian households are eligible to receive a battery rebate under the Program if the property:
- Must be a growth suburb
- At least 10 per cent of homes in the suburb must have solar panels
- Must have live in an area where the electricity grid can cope with the additional power the battery will provide
Based on this criteria, we have identified the following postcodes for the initial phase of the program.
Installing a battery can help a typical household save up to $640 a year.
You can download a PDF map of areas that are eligible for a Solar Homes battery.
This list may change and other postcodes may become eligible over time
Victorian households are eligible to receive a battery rebate under the Program if the property:
- owner-occupiers have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per annum (based on any of last two years’ Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment)
- is an existing property, valued at under $3 million;
- sits within a targeted postcode, as identified by Solar Victoria;
- already has solar PV panels installed with a capacity equal to or greater than 5kW;
- agrees to install an energy storage solution listed on Solar Victoria’s Approved Battery List;
- does not have an existing energy storage system;
- the property address has had no previous participation in the Solar Homes Program;
- is willing to receive information from their Distribution Network Service Provider about participating in battery trials to maximise the value households get from their battery; and
- agrees to receive a free safety inspection and/or audit under the Solar Victoria Audit Program if selected.
Please note: Applicants must be aware that the retailer may be obliged to obtain a battery pre-approval before they can upload a quote and complete the Provider Statement on the Solar Victoria Portal and this may take some time.
Before you sign a contract for the installation of a solar battery, you should be sure that you understand the rebate process and eligibility criteria.
Once you are confident you understand the process, you can seek a quote/s from an for your solar battery installation. Obtaining a quote is the first step in kicking off the eligibility process and is key to confirming your eligibility via the new Solar Victoria Portal.
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.
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.
- Checking that your property and financial circumstances fit the eligibility criteria
- Making sure you understand which solar professionals and products are authorised to participate
- Making sure that your property is in a postcode defined as eligible for the solar battery rebate
Customers should not pay a deposit unless eligibility has been confirmed and a contract has been signed.
Authorised products and professionals
Solar Victoria requires stringent quality and safety standards to be met so that solar customers applying for a rebate receive a high-quality product, installed safely by a qualified professional. For customers to receive a rebate, it is necessary to use only authorised retailers, installers and solar products. We maintain a regularly , who are required to only use products on Solar Victoria's . To qualify for inclusion on these lists, providers and products are required to meet standards set by the Clean Energy Council, Energy Safe Victoria and other relevant authorities.
Obtaining a quote and applying for eligibility
If you have researched the listed options and identified an approved solar provider you want to use, contact them to obtain a quote. You can then use this quote to apply for eligibility. Once you have successfully completed your application via the Portal and have been issued an eligibility number and QR code from Solar Victoria, you must supply it to the installer so that they can scan it before they begin the installation process.
Solar panel rebate
Eligible households can claim a discount on the cost of a solar panel (PV) system, up to a maximum rebate of $2,225.
Reviewed 19 September 2019