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Solar Homes Program coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Circuit breaker restrictions are in place across Victoria from 11:59 pm on Thursday 27 May 2021.

As announced by the Victorian Government, circuit breaker restrictions will remain in place in metropolitan Melbourne until 11:59 pm on Thursday 10 June 2021.

Regional restrictions will change from 11:59pm 3 June 2021.

Further information on the requirements can be found at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

The acting Premier’s media release can be accessed at Statement From The Acting Premier

Can solar installations continue? 

The government has specifically changed current restrictions for the solar industry across the state.  

If you can work from home, you must work from home.    

In metropolitan Melbourne: 

Solar installations can occur if: 

  • they can be undertaken completely outdoors with the relevant COVIDSafe plans and precautions in place. No internal access to premises is permitted.  
  • entry to any roof cavity is possible from outside of the building to minimise risks to residents.  

Up to five workers are permitted per site (with an additional supervisor) for businesses with an ABN.  

In regional Victoria: 

If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. 

Solar installations can proceed if the solar installer can comply with regional restrictions.

Capacity limits in workplaces such as offices are capped at 50% or 20 people, whichever is greater. 

Can I travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne?  

You can only travel into Melbourne from Regional Victoria for a permitted reason, and you are required to the adhere to the restrictions in place for the area that you are operating in.  

Solar rebate application extensions 

If your solar application is due to expire in the coming weeks, Solar Victoria will be in touch via email shortly to automatically extend your application.  

You can contact Solar Victoria on 1300 376 393 from 8:00am – 6:00pm Monday - Friday (except public holidays). 

More information   

To familiarise yourself with these restrictions and for updates, please visit   www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

FAQs

  • Yes, necessary travel for work by authorised workers for authorised providers or industries can be undertaken, however you must comply with the higher level of restrictions in place.  

    For example, if you are living in metropolitan Melbourne and are going to work in regional Victoria, you are required to comply with the restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne to safeguard residents which restricts solar installations to specific conditions and maximum number of people on site.  

    If you are living in regional Victoria and entering metropolitan Melbourne to work, you are required to comply with the restrictions in place in metropolitan Melbourne.  

  • Yes, if the installation is outdoors or in a fully detached garage.  

    Installation of batteries inside a residence, including an attached garage is not allowed.  

    In regional Victoria all Solar installations can proceed if the solar installer can comply with regional restrictions. 

  • Solar installations (including PV, batteries and solar hot water) in metropolitan Melbourne must be completely outdoors.  

    This means that an installation in a garage cannot occur unless it is fully detached from the residence.  

    In regional Victoria all Solar installations can proceed if the solar installer can comply with regional restrictions. 

  • No, for the health and safety of your workers you should postpone the installation of systems on properties where residents are in self-quarantine. 

    You should be pre-prepared for your installations and check in with your customers prior to arriving onsite to confirm that you are still able to attend.

  • No, there can be no internal access to properties.  

    You must plan for your installation to be conducted without reliance on the residence.  

    The CEC has developed a number of pre-planning resources available for retailers and installers.  

  • Retailers cannot request an application extension on behalf of their customers.  

    Solar Victoria has been in contact with customers whose applications are about to expire and have automatically extended application expiry dates.  

    Customers can contact Solar Victoria on 1300 376 393 from 8:00am – 6:00pm Monday - Friday (except public holidays).  

Reviewed 03 June 2021

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