The $1.3 billion Solar Homes Program is helping Victorians take control of their energy bills by providing rebates to help households install solar power, solar hot water or solar storage batteries.
The government's commitment to install 10,000 batteries over the next decade will support the energy network and help people save even more on their energy bills, delivering an additional $640 on top of the savings they are already receiving from their solar system.
In 2019-20, the program is providing 1000 rebates of $4,838 for households who have already installed solar panels but not obtained a solar rebate.
During the election we promised that the battery program will be available in growth areas where there are already a large number of homes with solar panels. As part of selecting the initial areas for the battery program, we have also identified postcodes where the grid could safely cope with the additional power provided by the batteries.
We will continue to review eligibility for the battery program as the number of solar installations increases and will work with the networks to expand the areas that can safely accommodate batteries through our $10 million Grid of the Future program.
Rebates are still available in Beaconsfield Upper for solar hot water and Solar PV for rental properties, as well as fortnightly allocations of rebates for solar panels. In Cardinia Shire, which includes Beaconsfield Upper, 818 rooftop solar systems have already been installed or allocated for rebates since the Solar Homes program was launched last year.
Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Minister for Solar Homes