More solar for Victoria

Support for solar

Over the weekend some exciting news was announced. The Andrews Labor Government announced that, if re-elected they will help Victorians save around $890 a year on their power bills with half price solar panels at no up-front cost. This will save the typical Victorian household up to $2,225 for installation of systems.

Under the $1.24 billion program, Victorians will be able to install a solar panel system for around half price and pay the rest of the cost back over four years with an interest-free loan.

A new independent agency, Solar Victoria, will be established to work with industry, regulators and training organisations to deliver the program, which will create almost 5,500 new jobs.

Good for employment

Safety is paramount, and a re-elected Labor Government will invest $9 million to support accreditation of 4,500 electricians to install solar panels. Solar panel systems will only be installed by accredited solar installers using approved products to ensure the highest safety standards.

All systems installed through Positive Charge already have these safeguards in place and we only work with Clean Energy Council (CEC) accredited suppliers and installers.

Saving money

This massive investment will bring the number of homes in Victoria with solar panels to one million within ten years, which will save Victorians $500 million a year on their electricity bills once the program is complete.

Daniel Andrews stated “We know the cost of living is going up and it’s getting harder to make ends meet. That’s why Labor is helping families with their energy bills.”

Good for the environment

It will also cut our carbon emissions by almost four million tonnes – the same as taking one million of Victoria’s 4.6 million cars off the road – and generate 12.5 per cent of Victoria’s 40 per cent target for renewable energy by 2025.

No need to wait

The Labor Government acknowledged that Victorians are already struggling with higher electricity prices. That’s why they will immediately invest $68 million to launch the Solar Homes program.

For solar installations that were completed on or after Sunday 19th August 2018, eligible Victorians will be able to get up to half of the cost back via a rebate. This is available for the first 24,000 eligible households.*

If you are already in the quoting process with a supplier you can apply for the rebate. If you have been considering solar and are now keen, sign up here to get a quote from one of our carefully selected suppliers who are CEC accredited, a core criteria that the Government has put in place to be eligible for the rebate.

*The 50 per cent rebate on solar panel systems will be available to Victorians with a household income of up to $180,000 who live in their own home valued at up to $3 million – this means almost nine out of 10 Victorians who own their own house are eligible.

How does the rebate work?

The announcement was made on Sunday 19th August and we are not yet 100% certain of the process for obtaining the rebate. We will share news and information as soon as we have it. You can also sign up to Solar Victoria, to be kept informed and ensure that you can apply for your rebate as soon as possible.

Looking ahead

Under a re-elected Labor Government The program will be expanded to include the interest-free loan from July next year.

We’ll keep you informed and keep you up to date as things progress – including our expanded services into additional energy efficiency products and services. Our goal is to assist Australia in the transition to a zero carbon society, without anyone being left behind. All our programs will be delivered at the fairest cost to the end user and will include assistance in identifying and claiming all government rebates.

Sign up for a quote from our carefully selected suppliers and we will ensure that you’re kept in the loop regarding all rebates and offers available.