We are providing a rebate of up to $1,888 for solar panel (PV) system installation, for homeowners and . To further reduce installation costs, householders can apply for an , for an amount equivalent to their rebate amount. The loan is required to be repaid over four years.
We’re also making it even easier to take up solar, introducing a new, more efficient system for applications.
Your retailer will then upload your quote to the Solar Victoria Portal (the Portal), which will trigger the online process for your eligibility assessment. Once this is done, all you will need to do is upload proof of income and a Rates notice to confirm your details.
On confirmation that you are eligible, your retailer will claim the rebate on your behalf and deduct the rebate amount from the total cost of your system.
You will then pay the outstanding balance directly to your provider once your solar is installed.
Typical households can save up to $890 per year on their electricity bills when they install solar panels.
Am I eligible?
Victorian households are eligible to receive a rebate for installing a solar PV system if they meet the following criteria:
- they are the owner-occupier of the property
- the owners have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per year (based on last year’s Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment)
- it is an existing property, valued at under $3 million
- they do not have an existing solar PV system*
Once you’re confident that your property fits the eligibility criteria, you should start researching solar retailers who are authorised to participate in the Program and can meet your energy needs.
* Early adopters who installed their system prior to 1 November 2009 are eligible to replace or expand their existing system. However, those receiving the Premium Feed-in Tariff should consider whether they will be better off if they replace their existing system.
Obtaining a quote and applying for eligibility
We’ve updated the rebate process to make it even easier for Victorians to take up solar.
Before you sign a contract for the installation of solar panels, you should be sure that you understand the process and eligibility criteria.
The solar retailer will then upload your quote into the Solar Victoria Portal, triggering your application for eligibility. Once you have successfully completed this application via the portal you will be issued with an eligibility number. You must then provide this number to your installer as it will confirm that they can go ahead with your installation. Without this eligibility number, the installation cannot proceed.
Solar Victoria do not recommend signing a quote acceptance or paying a deposit prior to receiving your rebate eligibility confirmation. As a minimum you should confirm with your retailer that any deposit is fully refundable. If you are confirmed as eligible, Solar Victoria will provide you a unique eligibility code that must be scanned by your installer in order to proceed with your installation.
Rebate release numbers for 2019-20
Other solar rebates available
Loans for solar panel (PV) systems
To further reduce the up-front cost of solar panel (solar PV) systems, eligible households can also apply for an interest-free loan up to the amount of their rebate.
Solar battery rebate
Eligible households can claim a discount on the cost of installing a solar battery system, up to a maximum rebate of $4,838.
Solar hot water rebate
Eligible households can claim a discount on the cost of a solar hot water system for replacement systems, up to a maximum rebate of $1,000.
Reviewed 17 January 2020