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Section 2: What rebates and incentives are available to Victorians for efficient hot water systems

You can get a Solar Homes rebate of up to $1,000 on the installation of a solar or heat pump hot water system, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Solar Hot Water Rebate

You can get a solar hot water rebate of up to $1,000 on the installation of a solar or heat pump hot water system, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

The solar hot water rebate applies to installations that replace an existing hot water system that was at least three years old (from the date of purchase) and it’s not available to new build homes.

The Solar Homes Program is supporting eligible Victorian households to save even more. Households that have received a Solar PV rebate are also able to apply for a solar hot water rebate as well to make the most of their solar energy. Owner-occupier households that have received solar hot water rebate can also apply for a solar PV rebate to save even more on energy bills.

If you have received a solar battery rebate, you cannot apply for a solar PV or a solar hot water rebate for your home. Visit our solar panel (PV) rebate page to see if you are eligible.

The Victorian Government's Energy Saver websiteExternal Link provides householders with more information about other incentive schemes.

Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs)

Your new system is also eligible for Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). This is effectively a payment made to purchasers of small renewable energy systems for the value of the emissions reduction they create. The quoted price of the system from your installer will have the STC discount included in the final price.

Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs)

Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) are electronic certificates created when certain energy efficient activities are undertaken. Each certificate represents one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions reduction (CO2-e). The number of certificates generated is based on the greenhouse gas savings that are associated with the product or service. The level of incentive or discount received by households and businesses varies depending on the market activity and certificate price. More information about VEECs can be found at energy.vic.gov.auExternal Link .

Reviewed 16 December 2022