Clyde North and Cranbourne East are two of the busiest areas in Victoria for new solar installations.
Nearly 7000 Victorian households have installed solar panels since the State Government’s Solar Homes package was launched in late August last year, amounting to more than $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.
Since the Solar Homes Package was launched, 161 households in Clyde North and 98 in Cranbourne East have installed solar panels.
“We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians and that’s exactly what we’re doing – helping people take control of their energy costs and make a real difference to the state’s long-term energy future,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.
“Our Solar Homes program has already proved to be tremendously popular and is helping Victorians to save hundreds of dollars a year on their energy bills.
“We’re also expanding the Solar Homes to include rental properties, hot water systems and battery installations – giving Victorians a fair go and helping the environment.”
The Solar Homes package provides up to $2225 to support the installation of solar panels.
The Solar Homes Package includes:
• $1.24B for solar panels on 650,000 homes.
• $60M for solar hot water for 60,000 homes.
• $40M to support the purchase of batteries for 10,000 homes.
• $82M 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.
More information about the Solar Homes package can be found at solar.vic.gov.au.