It’s a great time to go solar with the launch of the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy, a council-supported solar bulk-buy available to residents and businesses in the Rural City of Swan Hill (and nearby), as well as a revamped solar panels rebate program available from the Victorian Government.
Worth up to $2225, the Vic Solar Panels Rebate is proving extremely popular with householders. Without the rebate, the typical payback on solar is around 5-6 years. With the rebate, it can be a little as 3 years if you can use around 40% of the electricity you generate from solar during the daytime.
There’s also an interest-free loan available from the Victorian Government for up to $2225. This means you could purchase a solar system of around 3kW (11 panels) and have $4450 of it funded through the rebate and the interest-free loan, leaving you to pay the balance (if any).
The good news is that most people will be eligible. The criteria include:
- Household taxable income of less than $180,000/yr
- The property is your primary residence and is valued at under $3M
- There is no solar power system on your home. The exception is solar installed before 1 Nov 2009.
Available to renters
If you are renting you can apply for the $2225 solar rebate now, together with your landlord. And if you wait until towards the end of 2019, you can also apply for the interest-free loan.
There are around 3,330 rebates released each month by the state government as well as the same amount of interest-free loans. In addition, there’s 166 rebates for renters.
Rebates are released on the 1st of each month. In July 2019 all rebates were allocated in the first 3 days. The application process involves uploading documents online such as your rates notice plus a facial recognition match.
Help with the rebate in Swan Hill & Robinvale on 1 August
If you decide to purchase a solar panels system through the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy, we can help you with the rebate application process. It’s important to get your quote sorted first (i.e. before the 1st of the month). Then on the 1st of August, you are welcome to come to a free drop-in session where we will help you complete your rebate application:
- Swan Hill Town Hall, 9am to 12.30pm
- Robinvale Resource Centre, 9am to 11.00am.
We recommend that you come as close to 9am as possible. Depending on interest levels, we may run similar sessions in September.
The bulk buy program is available if you live in NSW however you will not be able to apply for the Victorian Solar Panels rebate.
For more information about the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy and to request a quote, visit malleesunsolar.org.au or call 1300 466 274. To learn more about the Vic rebate, visit solar.vic.gov.au or call 1300 363 744.