Solar Homes Program: a step-by-step guide to securing your solar rebate

Applying for the Solar Homes rebate can be a lengthy and confusing process. We’re here to break down every step – from determining your eligibility right through to contacting an authorised solar retailer and installer.

Step 1. Check your eligibility

First, check your eligibility for the Solar Homes rebate program. You can do this online through the Solar Victoria Portal (be sure to click “Check Eligibility” and not “Apply Now” at the bottom on the page). Remember, the criteria differs depending on whether you are applying for the solar panel, solar battery or solar hot water rebate.

Step 2. Get a quote from an authorised solar retailer

Before you sign an installation contract, you must first obtain a quote from the authorised solar retailer of your choice. They will need to provide you with a written quote containing all of the information you need to make an informed decision. Your authorised retailer will also need to upload this quote to the Solar Victoria Customer Portal, which will allow you to start the online eligibility process (more on that next).

Step 3. Apply for eligibility online

You will need to apply for eligibility online via the Solar Victoria Customer Portal. This will give you an eligibility number and QR code from Solar Victoria, which must be scanned by your installer to proceed with your physical installation. Before you begin, you will need:

  • ¾ a quote from a Solar Homes authorised retailer
  • ¾ a council rates notice for the installation property
  • ¾ proof of your household income
  • ¾ two forms of ID to prove your identity.

This application process will take around 22 minutes to complete. A step by step guide to using the Portal can be found here.

Step 4. Confirmation of eligibility

Once you’ve received confirmation of your eligibility online, your authorised solar retailer will claim the rebate on your behalf and deduct that rebate amount from the total cost of your system quoted. You will pay the outstanding balance directly to your provider once your solar system is installed.

Step 5. Installing your system

Always make sure that your system is installed by a Clean Energy Council Accredited Solar Installer, with battery storage endorsement if you are installing a solar battery. Your installer will use the eligibility code in order to proceed with the installation so make sure you have that on hand.

Interested in finding out more about getting solar for your home? Head to the Solar Homes website to check your eligibility today!