Victoria’s rooftop solar program started in July

The Australian Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio officially launched the Andrew’s Labor Government’s landmark Solar Homes program on July 1. The AUD 1.3 billion (USD 0.9 billion) program will help 770,000 households invest in solar while creating 5,500 new jobs and slashing carbon emissions. This financial year Solar Homes will support 49,000 installations, including 42,000 rooftop solar systems on 40,000 owner-occupied homes and 2,000 for rented homes. According to the agency, the rebates for solar panels »will be released each month to ensure the program is allocated fairly, rolled out safely and provides certainty for the solar industry.«
For the first time 1,000 rebates will be available for solar storage batteries, to be rolled out in targeted areas in three groups – 200 from July, 400 from November and 400 from March.
Victorians wishing to participate in the Solar Homes program must to get at least one quote from an approved solar retailer, before confirming their eligibility through an online portal. This streamlined application process »will allow installations to occur faster« and provide consumers with a discount of up to AUD 2,225 off their invoice from their solar retailer.
According to Lily D’Ambrosio, this »solar revolution« will »boost energy supply, create thousands of jobs and slash power bills for families« across the state.

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