In an exciting development for Victorian homeowners, the Andrews Labor Government has expanded its Solar Homes Program, a move set to further reduce energy costs and promote the shift towards sustainable energy sources. Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, recently revealed a significant enhancement to the program, enabling more households to participate and experience the benefits of solar energy.


Expanding Opportunities for Victorian Families

The hallmark of this expansion is the elevation of the combined household income threshold for the Solar Homes Program from $180,000 per year to $210,000 per year. This move opens the door for an additional 10,000 Victorian households to access rebates and loans aimed at facilitating the adoption of renewable energy technologies within their homes.

Solar Panels: Illuminating Savings

Eligible households can now tap into a generous $1,400 solar panel rebate, effectively reducing their annual energy bills by $1,200. This incentive not only makes a significant dent in immediate expenses but also paves the way for long-term savings through reduced energy consumption.

Battery Systems: Empowering Energy Independence

The program’s expansion also brings attention to household battery systems. Families can now avail an interest-free loan of up to $8,800 for installing a battery system. This substantial financial support could potentially eliminate upfront installation costs entirely. For residences equipped with both solar panels and battery systems, annual energy bill savings of around $1,500 become a tangible reality, contributing to greater energy independence.

Solar Hot Water: A Refreshing Approach to Savings

The Solar Homes Program isn’t just limited to electricity generation. Eligible heat pumps and hot water systems can also benefit from a rebate of up to $1,000. This translates to approximately $400 in annual energy bill savings, further underscoring the program’s comprehensive approach to promoting energy efficiency.

Restoring Accessibility and Sustainability

With the expansion of the Solar Homes Program, the Victorian government aims to reintroduce accessibility to a wider demographic. This endeavor seeks to restore the eligibility proportion of households to the original figure of 85 percent, reflecting the program’s original inclusivity.

A Track Record of Success

Since its inception in 2018, the Solar Homes Program has made a substantial impact. Over 260,000 Victorian households have embraced solar panels, batteries, and energy-efficient hot water systems, effectively curbing their energy costs. Notably, 61 percent of rebates have been directed to households with a combined income of less than $100,000, targeting where assistance is most needed.

Taking the Leap towards Renewable Energy

To find out more about the Solar Homes Program, including eligibility criteria and application processes, interested homeowners can visit

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