Update from Solar Victoria received on 9th April 2019:

“On Tuesday afternoon, we emailed you with news that the Solar Homes program was close to being fully subscribed and that only 2,000 more applications would be received.  

The program for 2018-19 is fully subscribed.  

Between now and 1 July 2019, we will prioritise and focus on existing applications in our database. When applications re-open on 1 July 2019 we will closely monitor and manage yearly targets to ensure sustainability for industry and households over the 10-year life of the program. A yearly target will be announced before the program re-opens 1 July 2019. 

All solar PV eligibility and rebate applications lodged before applications closed will continue to be processed by Solar Victoria, in line with current requirements. 

  • If you have a client with an existing eligibility application and they haven’t received an eligibility number, they need to wait until they receive an email from us confirming the eligibility number before installation. 

  • If you have a client with an eligibility number from us and they haven’t had their system installed, you can continue to get a system installed and then they can continue to apply for a rebate.   

  • If you have client that has already submitted a rebate application, it will continue to be processed, in line with current requirements. 

If a customer is considering installing solar PV with a rebate and have not yet applied to Solar Victoria, they will now need to wait until applications open again on 1 July 2019. After this time, they must have received eligibility confirmation before installing their system to be eligible to receive a rebate. 

If you have taken a deposit for a non-eligible household who wants to reapply 1 July 2019, you should refund that deposit. As we will move to a preferred-provider model in due course, Solar Victoria reserves the right to consider the conduct of companies when assessing their suitability.  

You and your clients are still required to provide us with the relevant documents to support their application.   

From 1 July 2019 

When applications re-open on 1 July 2019, Solar Victoria will be implementing a point-of-sale rebate scheme. This means that applicants must apply for and receive eligibility confirmation before signing a contract with a solar retailer. Once installation is confirmed, the rebate and/or loan will be paid to the solar retailer and deducted from the system price. If a householder installs a solar PV system without receiving eligibility confirmation, they will be unable to claim a rebate. 

Once applications for solar PV rebates re-open, Solar Victoria will also offer a no-interest loan component to complement the solar PV rebate. Rebates for solar batteries and solar for renters will also commence on 1 July 2019.  

The introduction of no-interest loans is one of the benefits of applying to the program after 1 July 2019.  

What is happening to your client’s application?  

We are writing to all people with an active application in our database to assure them that their application will be processed as usual. Processing times for applications vary, and delays in processing are usually the result of incomplete documents or missing evidence.

We will contact these clients if we require more information to process their application.  

Need more information?  

More information about the Solar Homes program can be found on our website, including FAQs for installers. “