The Victorian Government announces a new solar incentive program: the Solar Homes package. UPDATED

LATEST UPDATE as at 14th Sept 2018

Solar PV rebate applications now open

Householders can now apply for a solar PV rebate under the Victorian Government’s new Solar Homes Package. A 50 per cent rebate (up to a maximum of $2,225) is available for eligible solar PV installations completed between 19 August, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Solar Hot Water rebate applications to open soon

The application process for solar hot water rebates is in development by the Victorian Government and will be released shortly.


The Victorian Government will help Victorian households cut their electricity bills through the Solar Homes package which will be delivered by the newly established Solar Victoria.

The Solar Homes Package will help Victorians reduce their energy bills.

Solar Hot Water Rebate

The Victorian Government is providing $1,000 rebates for 6,000 households for solar hot water in 2018-19.

This is intended to encourage replacement of hot water systems with solar hot water. This is a great option for households where solar panels might not be suitable, or for households that already have solar panels installed.

Solar hot water rebates will be available from 19 August 2018 and are in addition to existing government programs that reduce the cost of solar hot water systems for Victorians.

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Am I eligible?

Victorian households are eligible to receive a rebate under the Solar Homes Package if the applicant:

  • has a combined household income of less than $180,000 per annum before tax (based on the most recent tax assessment notices for the home owners),
  • is an owner-occupier of a home valued at under $3,000,000 (a copy of a recent Council rates notice will be required),
  • does not already have a solar panel system installed on their property,
  • chooses a Clean Energy Council (CEC) Approved Product (for solar panels) and uses a CEC Accredited Installer,
  • chooses a product that is on the Clean Energy Regulator's "Register of approved solar hot water heaters" (for Solar hot water)
  • has had an eligible solar panel system installed on or after 19 August 2018, and
  • engages an installer who can provide a statement that they have not received a WorkSafe infringement notice in the past three years.
  • is an early adopter of Solar PV looking to replace or expand their system.*

Download the Solar Homes Package fact sheet


  1. How is the rebate paid?
    • Rebates will initially be provided to householders directly. In the coming months Solar Victoria will develop a streamlined process that will enable installers to distribute the rebate as part of their invoicing. The Clean Energy Council (CEC) will work with Solar Victoria on the specific details.
  2. Is there a minimum size system that is eligible under Solar Homes?
    • No. Solar Victoria will provide a 50 per cent rebate, up to the value of $2,225 (equivalent to half the cost of average 4kW solar panel system currently) for eligible households.
  3. Is there a maximum size system that is eligible under Solar Homes?
    • There is no maximum size limit under the Solar Homes program, provided the system meets all other eligibility and installation requirements (including the requirement to qualify for STCs). The rebate has a maximum value of $2,225, for eligible households.
  4. If I receive support from the Solar Homes program, am I still eligible for Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) under the Federal Government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme?
    • Yes. Solar Homes Rebates are additional to the federal STC scheme. Rebates will be calculated after the STC discount has been applied.
  5. Can replacement solar water heating systems also claim support through the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme?
    • Yes.
  6. Does the Solar Homes Package cover new solar water heaters or is it just for replacement systems?
    • The Solar Homes Package only supports the installation of replacement hot water systems, including existing solar hot water heaters.
  7. Does the Solar Homes Package cover replacement solar PV systems or is it just for new systems?
    • Early adopters of solar PV, who meet all other eligibility criteria, are able to claim a rebate for a new or expanded system. An early adopter is defined as a solar system that was installed prior to the commencement of the Premium Feed-In Tariff (PFIT) on November 1, 2009. Your Distribution Network Service Provider can confirm that the date on which your solar PV system was connected to the grid was prior to the start of the PFIT. Other than for early adopters, the solar rebate cannot be used to expand an existing solar panel installation.
  8. If I am buying a solar PV system under the Solar Homes program can I also buy a battery?
    • Yes, but there are no rebates for batteries at this point. The Victorian Government has said that it will provide a 50 per cent rebate, up to the value of half of an average 4 kW solar panel system (which currently equates to $2,225) for eligible households.
  9. Is community housing eligible?
    • Yes. Not-for-profit community housing providers will also be eligible to apply for a rebate on behalf of their tenants.
  10. Are rental properties eligible?
    • No. Only owner-occupied home valued at under $3,000,000 will be eligible.