The Victorian Government is providing a 50 per cent rebate, up to the value of half of an average 4kW solar panel system (which currently equates to $2,225) for eligible households in 2018-19.

Am I eligible?

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

— has a combined household Taxable Income of less than $180,000 per annum (based on the 2017-18 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 had no significant contravention history, or prosecutions registered with WorkSafe Victoria in the past three years.

— is an early adopter of Solar PV looking to replace or expand their system.*

*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.

Not-for-profit community housing providers will also be eligible to apply for a rebate on behalf of their tenants.

For more information contact YEF on 03 9429 6070 or Solar Victoria on 1300 363 744.

Remember – the more people that take part in the Yarra Bulk Buy, the more solar we will donate to a local community group. Spread the word!

This program is a partnership between City of Yarra and the Yarra Energy Foundation. Eko Energy is the solar provider.