Rebate Relief For Victorians That Installed Too Early


Solar Victoria is stepping in to help out those who were given misleading information about the application process for the Solar Victoria Homes Package – Panel Rebate and for those who unknowingly or impatiently installed without following the protocol stated by Solar Victoria.

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Solar Victoria Homes Package – Panel Rebate

The Solar Victoria Homes Package Panel Rebate entitled eligible homeowners a rebate up to $2,225 of the cost of a solar PV system when installing at their home residence. The rebate was abruptly paused in April due to reaching full capacity for this financial year and is set to re-launch on July 1st.

Before having a solar PV system installed those applying for the rebate were required to submit an application with Solar Victoria and if successful were issued an eligibility number ID. However, it seems over 600 households in Victoria skipped this essential step in the process and installed prior to obtaining an eligibility number ID.

Whether it was due to misinterpreting the application process or being provided misleading information from overly eager providers, it’s left many households out of pocket thinking they were going to receive a rebate to assist with the upfront costs of their solar PV system.

Solar Victoria To The Rescue

Due to the number of households this has affected Solar Victoria has decided to step in and open rebate applications to those who installed between 19 August 2018 and 12 April 2019 but had not lodge an application with Solar Victoria. Those who meet this criteria must submit their application by 5pm, Friday 14 June 2019 to rebateapplications@solar.vic.gov.au to have hope in obtaining the rebate.

It’s important to note that if you have not installed within those dates you will need to wait until the program relaunches in July, however you can request quotes from solar providers in preparation. If you are retrieving quotes in preparation it is advised to not lock in an installation or provide a deposit to an installer, unless they are willing to issue refunds should you be deemed ineligible for the re-launched program.

New Process To Be Launched

Along with the commencement of the Solar Victoria Homes Package Panel Rebate in July, Solar Victoria will be launching a one stop portal that customers and solar providers will be able to manage and track applications on, preventing the issues that occurred in phase one of the program.

July will also bring the introduction to the other programs under the Solar Victoria Homes Package including;

If you’re one of the 600 households who installed early without an eligible number ID, you will need to follow the steps on Solar Victoria’s website here.

If you want to receive quotes in preparation for July 1st, request quotes below!

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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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