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The new scheme will run from the 19th of August 2018 to the 30th of June 2019 and in order to be eligible for the rebate, the household must meet the following criteria:
- have 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),
- the household does not already have a solar panel system installed,
- chooses a Clean Energy Council (CEC) Approved Product and uses a CEC Accredited Installer,
- 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.
Please note that Going Solar only quote CEC listed components, our installers are CEC accredited and in 40 years we have never had a WorkSafe infringement notice.
According to the information reported on the Solar Victoria web site, the new scheme will offer, to eligible homeowners or occupiers, a rebate equal to 50% of the cost of the system up to $2,225.
This means that if, for example, your solar system's cost is $3,000, you will be eligible to get a $1,500 rebate; whereas if your solar system's cost is $4,000, you will be eligible to get a $2,000 rebate.
As you can see, if you want to make the most out of this state Government rebate, it will be better to install systems where the price is equal or over $4,450. Therefore, installing a bigger system and choosing quality components (that on average will last longer) will be a good strategy to maximise the advantage offered by the Victorian rebate. Note that your system should also be eligible for some Small-scale Technology Certificates (a Federal rebate program) and a Feed-In Tariff (a rebate on electricity you export to the grid). Again the larger your system the more STCs you should receive and the more you are likely to export or offset.
As per the most recent information we have, the procedure to claim for the Victorian rebate hasn't been finalised yet, but what is sure is that the household has to apply directly to Solar Victoria (or a different appointed authority).
Going Solar will provide, to the eligible customer, all the relevant documents (related to the solar system components and installation) to help you submit your application.