We’re making sure renters can also benefit from the installation of solar panels on their homes.
A rebate of up to $2,225, is available for rental properties, subject to program eligibility and a Solar Homes Landlord Rebate Agreement.
An average, rental household that install solar panels (PV) can expect to save up to $890 per year on their electricity bills.
There will be two streams in the Solar for Rental Properties program.
Stream A will offer a rebate for rental properties and will be open from 1 July, with the Landlord paying the remaining cost of the solar system.
A rebate of up to $2,225 is available for rental properties, subject to a Solar Homes Landlord-Tenant Agreement being signed.
The rebate amount will be paid directly to the solar provider via The Portal and will be deducted from the total cost of the solar system, with the landlord paying the outstanding balance directly to the provider once installed.
Stream B will offer both a rebate and an interest-free loan to landlords. This stream will be available to eligible landlords and tenants subject to the signing of a Solar Homes Landlord Rebate and Loan Agreement between Landlord and Tenant(s). Under this stream the tenant(s) will contribute to the cost of the system. Stream B and will open later in 2019/20.
Victorian rental properties owners are eligible to receive a solar rebate under the Program if the:
- tenants receive a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per annum (based on any of the last two year’s taxable income)
- property is valued at under $3 million
- does not already have solar panels (PV) installed
- there has been no prior participation in the Solar Homes program for that address
- a Solar Homes Landlord Rebate Agreement is signed by landlord and all tenant(s)
An applicant can apply only once as an owner-occupier (one of solar PV, batteries or hot water only) and once as a landlord (solar PV only).
A landlord and tenant must sign a Solar Homes Landlord-Tenant Agreement in order to participate in the rebate program.
Solar PV systems installed on rental properties prior to 1 July 2019 are not eligible for a rebate.
Information for landlords
Before you begin installing a solar panel (PV) system, you should be sure that you understand the rebate process and requirements of the Solar Homes Landlord Rebate Agreement.
Once you are confident you understand the process, you can seek out a quote for your solar installation. Obtaining a quote is necessary for applying for an eligibility token, which your installer will use to confirm that they can go ahead with your installation
The first step for renters or landlords is to download the Solar Homes Landlord-Tenant Agreement from the Solar Victoria website and ensure all parties agree.
If eligibility requirements are met and this agreement is signed, the landlord can commence the process of applying for a Solar Homes rebate by engaging an authorised solar retailer to provide a quote for the solar installation.
Obtaining a quote from an authorised solar retailer is key to confirming eligibility via the Solar Victoria Portal.
If the landlord and tenant/s are confirmed as eligible, the landlord will receive an eligibility number. The installer will then use this number to confirm they can go ahead with the installation.
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.
Being informed about the rebate process means:
- Checking that your property and financial circumstances fit the eligibility criteria
- Working with your tenant to and signing the Solar Homes Landlord Rebate Agreement
- Making sure you understand which solar professionals and products are authorised to participate
Reviewed 16 July 2019