Solar for community housing

Solar panel rebates of up to $1,400 are available.

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 renters. 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 2021, the maximum rebate amount will be $1,400 per tenancy.

Eligibility criteria

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

RequirementsExample of evidences
A not-for-profit organisation that provides affordable rental housing to low-income households

Listed on the Registrar of Housing as community housing provider


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


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 renters

CEO (or equivalent authorised representative) commitment


Confirmation that the renter holds the electricity bill in their name


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 renter

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


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


Provide evidence of a valid lease


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 $1,400 or a maximum of 50% of the costs of the solar per individual residential rental agreement. For example, if the net costs of solar are $2,000, then the rebate value applied is $1,000 (not $1,400).

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 (DEECA) to administer the solar PV rebate.

Note that upon installation of the solar system there is a cost that is payable by renters to the energy retailer to transfer to the solar connection. Applicants should enquire about these charges before installation to support their renters 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

How to apply

  • Step 1

    Check your organisation is eligible and get in contact with the Solar Victoria team at 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


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