01.02.2019

Solar Homes Initiative

Thousands of Victorian Homes Save Millions On Solar

Nearly 7,000 Victorian households have installed solar panels since the Victorian State Government’s Solar Homes package was launched in late August 2018, amounting to more than $3.4 million in rebates.

Victoria’s Minister for Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, said around 1,600 households had already received a rebate, with many more solar installation projects underway, generating thousands of jobs across the state.

Melbourne’s growth suburbs are the busiest areas for new solar installations with Tarneit (212) topping the list followed by Clyde North (161), Craigieburn (131), Truganina (123) and Cranbourne East (98).

The Solar Homes Package is boosting supply, creating jobs and fighting climate change, while helping Victorian households cut their energy costs.

“We’re also expanding the Solar Homes to include rental properties, hot water systems and battery installations – giving Victorians a fair go and helping the environment,” said the Minister.

The Solar Homes package provides up to $2,225 to support the installation of solar panels – helping to ensure Victoria’s energy system is as affordable, resilient and secure as possible.

The Solar Homes Package includes:

  • $1.24B for solar panels on 650,000 homes;
  • $60M for solar hot water for 60,000 homes;
  • $40M to support the purchase of batteries for 10,000 homes;
  • $82M for solar panels on 50,000 rental homes.

From 1 July 2019, Victorians will be able to install a solar panel system for half price and pay the rest of the cost back over four years with an interest-free loan. Those who purchase solar panels prior to July are eligible to apply for a rebate on their upfront costs.