The launch of the Labor Government’s Solar Homes package in August 2018 has seen almost 7000 Victorian homes install rooftop solar panels, equalling over $3.4 million in rebates.

Minister for Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, said around 1600 households had already received a rebate, with many more solar installation projects underway, generating thousands of jobs across the state.

Melbourne’s growth suburbs are the busiest areas for new solar installations, with Tarneit (212) topping the list followed by Clyde North (161), Craigieburn (131), Truganina (123) and Cranbourne East (98).

The Solar Homes Package is boosting supply, creating jobs and fighting climate change, while helping Victorian households cut their energy costs.

The Solar Homes package provides up to $2225 to support the installation of solar panels – helping to ensure Victoria’s energy system is as affordable, resilient and secure as possible.

The Solar Homes Package includes:

  • $1.24 billion for solar panels on 650,000 homes
  • $60 million for solar hot water for 60,000 homes
  • $40 million to support the purchase of batteries for 10,000 homes
  • $82 million for solar panels on 50,0000 rental homes

From 1 July 2019, Victorians will be able to install a solar panel system for half price and pay the rest of the cost back over four years with an interest-free loan. Those who purchase solar panels prior to July are eligible to apply for a rebate on their upfront costs.

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Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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