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Solar for Business

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Woman in checked shirt wearing a work apron holding a yellow cardboard sun

From May 2021, Solar for Business rebates will cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of a rooftop solar system with small businesses eligible for a rebate of up to $3,500.

About the program  

The Solar for Business Program is a new initiative designed to support Victorian small businesses to reduce their energy costs by accessing the benefits of renewable energy.   

This initiative will bring down energy bills for small businesses by reducing the upfront cost of the installation of an approved small-scale solar PV system up to 30kW.    

To support the economic recovery of Victorian small businesses and the broader solar sector, 15,000 solar PV rebates will be available over the next three years.  

From May 2021, rebates will cover 50 per cent of the net cost of a rooftop solar system up to a rebate value of $3,500.  

This means the total rebate amount will be capped at 50% or $3,500 of the net cost on any approved system. For example, if the net costs of solar are $10,000, then the rebate value applied is $3,500 (not $5,000) or if the net costs are $4,000, then the rebate value applied is $2,000 (not $3,500). 

The Solar for Business Program will initially be available to businesses operating in their own premises, before expanding soon after to include businesses that rent their premises. 

Ownership of a premises also includes a property which is owned by an associated entity such as a Family Trust, Holding Company or Self Managed Super Fund.  

Am I eligible? 

All employing businesses, excluding government organisations, are eligible for the Solar for Business rebates providing they meet the following eligibility criteria:   

  • Be the owner of a business which has less than 20 employees     
  • Operate from premises that are not considered residential     
  • Operate from premises that are individually metered    
  • Have your system installed by a Solar Victoria approved solar retailer as detailed on Solar Victoria’s website   
  • Install a solar system with a PV capacity size up to a maximum of 30kW, as detailed on the Solar Victoria approved product list

If your home is your main place of business and you meet the eligibility criteria for the residential program, you may be eligible for a Solar Homes rebate.  

Eligible businesses will be able to apply for a small business rebate through the Solar Victoria portal from May 2021. 

The rebate is only available for installations which occur following the program formally opening for applications in May. Systems installed prior will not be eligible for a rebate.  

Register your interest 

If you have already registered for program updates you will be notified when the program is open for applications.   

If you are not currently registered for program updates, enter your details below and we will let you know when the program is open for applications.   

FAQs

  • The Solar for Business Program will offer eligible small businesses a rebate that covers up to 50 per cent of the cost of installing a rooftop solar system up to $3,500. 

    This is the first time solar rebates will be available for Victorian small businesses, which can now join the thousands of households that have become part of the government’s Solar Homes Program.  Over the next three years, 15,000 businesses can apply for a solar rebate to reduce the upfront cost of the installation of an approved small-scale solar system.  

  • Rebates will be available from May 2021. We will email all those who signed up to find out more as soon as rebates are available and will also announce the opening through our digital channels. 

  • Solar Victoria is currently working to make sure the application process is fully tested before launch to ensure a smooth application process for small businesses.  

  • The program will keep the application process as simple as possible for small businesses, using common verifiable documents that are readily available to business owners. More information will be announced closer to the launch date.  

  • Small businesses will only need to meet the criteria set out on the Solar Victoria website. There are no limits on business income.   

  • The 30Kw will be based on panel size.  

Reviewed 29 March 2021