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Solar for community housing

Solar panel rebates will maintain their current value of up to $1,400 until 30 June 2022.

Family standing together, holding yellow cardboard sun
Family standing together, holding yellow cardboard sun

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:

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

Listed on the Registrar of HousingExternal Link 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 renters

CEO (or equivalent authorised representative) commitment

AND

Confirmation that the renter 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 renter

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 $1,400 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 (DELWP) 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 ala@homes.vic.gov.au.

Reviewed 06 April 2022

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