Victoria Solar Homes Rebate Now Extending to Earlier Installs

There’s a great deal of excitement since the really recent announcement of an additional local Victorian rebate of up to $2,225 for residential rooftop solar installations upward of 4.5kW.

The news gets better still. For homeowners who purchased a PV array in the past — early adopters — the extra incentive will also extend to upgrades on existing systems.

Systems that are mostly hopelessly outdated, time-worn, weathered, no longer under warranty and just generally underperforming.

They're what I like to call — kick-kit. Kit that needs kicking to the curb and rapid replacing with something a bit of better.

Kick-Kit — The Excuses

Small-size system sitting atop your home that was installed ages ago?

You’ve probably thought about upgrading it in the past, but decided it was too much trouble to go to after all.

You may even have a higher feed-in tariff than the mandatory minimum required now as well.

Why fix what’s not broken?

The Reality

It might not be broken, but it could be immeasurably better.

For one thing — your warranties are likely expired, are about to in 2019 or the companies responsible for honouring them no longer exist in any event.

The linear performance of the panels is down to at the very least 80%. You have literally the earliest edition of a technology that is exposed to the elements nonstop every season and all year.

If you’re happy with the present performance of your PV, imagine how much more you could be benefiting from improved tech producing at proper capacity!

You also almost certainly had a smaller system installed. 1.5kW-3.5kW range. Picture purchasing a full-blooded 5kW-6.5kW for what you paid down on that smaller array 10 years before.

Same price — bigger system size, superior technology, higher wattage and efficiency per panel, greater reliability per string and fresh warranties with time-proven companies of the actually operative variety.

All installed to the highest standard by A-Grade, CEC certified electricians whose experience quite possibly spans the time your current system has sat there underperforming.

Cherry on top of that?

$2,225 rebate for finally sorting it out together with new higher rebates available as of July this year plus besides.


Early adopters will have to meet all the other criteria for the Victoria Solar Home rebate.

These are,

1. Combined household Taxable Income coming in under $180,000 per annum.

2. Must own the home which must be valued below $3,000,000.

3. Must be CEC Approved products and installed by a CEC accredited installer.

4. Must be demonstrably installed after 19 August 2018.

5. "engages an installer who can provide a statement that they have had no significant contravention history, or prosecutions registered with WorkSafe Victoria in the past three years."

All that satisfied:

"Early adopters of solar PV, who meet all other eligibility criteria, are able to claim a rebate for a new or expanded system. An early adopter is defined as a solar system that was installed prior to the commencement of the Premium Feed-In Tariff (PFIT) on November 1, 2009. Your Distribution Network Service Provider can confirm that the date on which your solar PV system was connected to the grid was prior to the start of the PFIT. Other than for early adopters, the solar rebate cannot be used to expand an existing solar panel installation."

Interested now? Be in touch with an informative, friendly and helpful Astra Solar consultant today.

6 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All