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.
Installing a battery can help a typical household save up to $640 a year.
The battery program targets designated postcodes with high PV penetration and population growth. For an area to be considered a designated postcode it must:
- be a high growth suburb
- have high PV penetration
Based on these criteria, the following postcodes are eligible to take part in the Solar Homes battery program:
This list may change and other postcodes may become eligible over time
Victorians eligible to receive a battery rebate if they meet all of the following criteria:
- the property is within a designated postcode and already has solar PV panels with a capacity equal to or greater than 5kW
- pre-approval is obtained from your Distributed Network Service Provider (DNSP) to safety connect a battery to the grid
- the energy storage solution is listed on Solar Victoria’s Approved Battery List and the property does not have an existing energy storage system
- they are the owner-occupier of the property where the system is to be installed
- the combined household taxable income of all owners is less than $180,000 a year (based on your Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment)
- it is an existing property, valued at under $3 million based on the current council rates notice
- the property address has not previously taken part in the Solar Homes Program
- the owner/s agrees to receive information from their Distribution Network Service Provider about taking part in battery trials to maximise the value households get from them
- owner/s agree 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 is obliged to obtain a battery pre-approval from your Distribution Network Service Provider 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 $1,888.
Reviewed 17 January 2020