Government Programs

The below government rebates are on offer to help residents with the up-front costs of installing solar.

Federal Government

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) provides a financial incentive for individuals and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy systems such as rooftop solar, solar water heaters and heat pumps. This occurs in the form of small-scale technology certificates (STCs), which are issued up front for a system’s expected power generation (based on its installation date and geographical location) until the SRES expires in 2030.

The price of STCs changes according to market conditions. The total level of subsidy you receive will depend on several factors, including the location and size of the solar system and the price of STCs at the time the system was installed.

Victorian State Government

Solar Panel Rebate for Homeowners

To help Victorians take control of their energy bills and tackle climate change, the State Government is providing a rebate on residential solar PV systems. Currently the rebate is up to $1,400 (or a maximum of 50% of the cost of solar). The Victorian Government has confirmed this rebate value will remain until June 2023. To check your eligibility and find out more visit Solar Victoria.

Solar Panel Rebate for Rental Properties

The State Government is also offering up to $1,400 rebate to landlords wanting to install solar on their rental property. The initiative is helping landlords increase the value and appeal of their property, while reducing renters’ energy bills. To find out information for renters and landlords, visit Solar Victoria.

Solar Panel Interest-Free Loan

To further reduce the up-front costs of installing solar panels, Solar Victoria is offering an interest free loan equivalent to the rebate amount (max $1,400). Click here for more information. 

Solar Battery Rebate

Interested in increasing your energy savings? Up until 30th June 2023, a $2,950 rebate is on offer for eligible Victorians installing a battery with their solar PV system. After 30th June 2023, Solar Victoria will assist Victorian’s install batteries via interest-free loans up to $8,800. Click here to find out more about the rebate, and here for more about the future loans.

Solar Hot Water Rebate

The Solar Homes rebate for hot water is a 50% rebate on the purchase price of the system up to a value of $1000 (after any other discounts have been applied). Solar Victoria announced in May 2022 that Victorians can now access both a solar hot water rebate and solar panel rebate. Find out more here.

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