Easier To Claim Solar Panel Rebate In Victoria


It’s been a while since Solar Victoria has been in the headlines, after dominating Industry News for the majority of 2019. The hype and demand of Solar Victoria’s Panel Rebate has dwindled, notably more after the rebate amount decreased from $2,225 to $1,888 on January 1st.

As the popularity of the solar panel rebate has settled, it has given Solar Victoria the opportunity and resources to make some much-needed changes to the application process for customers.

face recognitionOne of the many issues customers criticised Solar Victoria for during the peak of the rebate’s demand was the difficulty in applying. The struggle was around the face recognition identity verification on smartphones, which even tech-savvy applicants found challenging to do, let alone the older demographic.

“One customer stated that to be able to take a picture to match her passport photo in the application process she was required to take her glasses off but then had to somehow fit her face in the outline on the smartphone screen when she was practically blind.

After the image wasn’t accepted, she was prompted to have her image certified by a doctor, police officer or chemist etc. For this certified person to be approved as someone to sign off on her proof of identity, they also needed to upload their proof of identity.

Another stated, “The process was more difficult than securing a mortgage”.

Solar Victoria soon to simplify the application process

Due to these and more disaster stories, Solar Victoria will undergo significant updates to simplify the process. The new process will mean applicants will no longer need to scan and upload photos of documents or complete the facial recognition process. Instead, customers will be able to simply enter the details from any two of the following acceptable forms of identification;

  • Driver’s licence
  • Medicare card
  • Passport (Australian or foreign with a valid visa)
  • Australian Birth certificate or
  • ImmiCard

“We’ve simplified our identity verification process to make it quicker and easier to get a rebate”  Solar Victoria

Other changes will include the introduction of a one-time password which will ensure applications remain secure and to prevent them from being submitted by third parties; the update will consist of a unique code being sent via SMS to the customer’s phone.

Dates for these changes have not been confirmed however Solar Victoria has stated that the portal will be unavailable between Friday, February 28th and Monday, March 2nd for what we hope is the implementation of these updates.

Learn more about the Solar Victoria Rebate and how to apply!


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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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