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Not-for-profit community housing providers are eligible to apply for rebates on behalf of their tenants.

Not-for-profit community housing providers are eligible to apply for solar panel rebates on behalf of their tenants. This is a great opportunity for housing providers to help reduce cost of living pressures for low income Victorians. 

Solar Victoria can support eligible community housing providers who are preparing to install solar on their properties. 

From 1st July 2020, the maximum rebate amount will be $1,850 per tenancy. 

Eligibility criteria 

To be eligible to receive the solar panel (PV) rebate, your organisation must meet the following requirements:  

Requirement Example of evidence
A not-for-profit organisation that provides affordable rental housing to low income households 

Listed on the Registrar of Housing as community housing provider

OR  

Registered with the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission (ACNC) 

AND 

Can demonstrate provision of affordable housing is one of the core activities of the organisation

Be able to demonstrate the full value (100%) of energy savings achieved by installing solar panels will be passed onto tenants

CEO (or equivalent authorised representative) commitment 

AND 

Confirmation that the tenant holds the electricity bill in their name 

OR 

Where there is a service charge (eg rent, food, bills): using the estimated savings from solar, provide details of how the organisation will ensure the actual savings from the solar per annum are to be passed on to each tenant

The properties under consideration are owned or managed by the community housing organisation

Owned:  

Provide evidence of certificate of title, property registration information or other appropriate documentation to demonstrate the applicant owns the relevant housing assets 

Managed:   

Provide evidence of a valid lease  

AND 

A letter of support from the landowner and/or proof the applicant has appropriate authority to undertake the solar installation

Use of approved retailers and products  When obtaining quotes for solar installation; the applicant must engage a Solar Homes participating Authorised Solar Retailer who uses Solar Homes Program approved products

About the rebate 

  • Rebates will be provided for solar systems installed on existing residential dwellings, including free standing homes, multi-unit dwellings and apartments. The rebate will not be provided for solar installed on (or supplying energy to) new buildings under construction or communal living spaces. 
  • Solar Victoria will fund up to $1,850 or a maximum of 50% of the costs of the solar per tenancy. For example, if the net costs of solar are $3000, then the rebate value applied is $1,500 (not $1,850). 
  • Technology installation costs shared between multiple systems can be proportionately applied to separate invoices for the purpose of the Solar Homes rebate. This is subject to compliance with product standards, electrical safety regulations and distribution network service providers DNSP connection requirements. 
  • On approval, a funding agreement is established between the community housing provider and Solar Victoria (DELWP) to administer the solar PV rebate.  
  • Note that upon installation of the solar system there is a cost that is payable by tenants to the energy retailer to transfer to the solar connection. Applicants should enquire about these charges before installation to support their tenants with connecting the new solar system after installation. 
  • Applicants who manage Victorian Government owned properties are required to request a supporting letter from the Homes Victoria Agencies Leases and Agreements team to ensure solar can be installed on nominated properties. Contact the Homes Victoria Agencies Leases and Agreements team at ala@homes.vic.gov.au

How to apply 

  • Step 1. Check your organisation is eligible and get in contact with the Solar Victoria team at CHO@team.solar.vic.gov.au to confirm eligibility.  
  • Step 2. Get quotes from a Solar Homes participating Authorised Solar Retailer.  
  • Step 3. Submit an Expression of Interest to Solar Victoria containing: 
    • Relevant details on the Community Housing provider (registered name, ABN, address and contact details), including information to demonstrate your organisation provides affordable housing for low-income Victorians 
    • A brief outline of the proposed works (such as the number of homes, address, size of systems and quotes for installation)
    • Evidence of eligibility. 
  • Step 4. Send the Expression of Interest or any questions during the application process you may have to  CHO@team.solar.vic.gov.au.  

Reviewed 22 March 2021

Contact Us

Community Housing Program, Solar Victoria PO Box 104, Morwell, VIC 3840