Solar installations through the Swan Hill council supported Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy are starting this August despite well-reported problems with the Victorian Solar Panels Rebate.
One in three successful
Around 30 people attended drop-in support sessions on August 1 in Swan Hill and Robinvale, organized by the bulk-buy team. Despite everyone being prepared with their paperwork, only around 10 households were successful.
Better than other solar groups
“This was better than other bulk-buy groups, some of whom got zero applications through,” said Mallee Sun Bulk Buy organiser Jo Kaptein.
The Victorian Solar Panels rebate is worth up to $2225, with an option to get an interest-free loan of the same amount. “Depending on the size system, it is possible to get a solar panels system installed with literally zero up-front cost,” said Jo Kaptein.
Rebate allocations gone within 1.5 hours!
Rebates were capped in August at 3,767. These were all gone within 1.5 hours on August 1.
Change is “a must”
“People shouldn’t be put off trying next month,” said Jo. “Solar Victoria, the government-backed body responsible for administering this rebate, know that there’s a problem. There’s lots of pressure being applied for changes to be made.”
Ready to help on September 1
“We will be ready to help bulk-buy participants apply for the rebate on September 1,” said Jo. “The best thing to do if you are interested in getting the rebate is to get cracking now by requesting a quote and having one of our Swan Hill installers visit your property for a free site visit.
“Come September 1, we will be giving you as much help as possible. That will include having at least one drop-in session in Swan Hill to offer one-to-one support for those who would find that useful.”
How to request a quote
The Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy is available to people living in the Rural City of Swan Hill, Balranald, Buloke and Gannawarra Shires. For more information and to request a quote, visit malleesunsolar.org.au or call 1300 466 274.