News & Views

28th July 2020

Solar Homes Program for Rentals Expanded

The Victorian Government has expanded the Solar Homes program so more renters and landlords across the state can access rooftop energy with a Solar Homes rebate.

Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio today announced that eligible landlords can now apply for an interest-free loan in addition to the existing rebate available, encouraging more solar installations that benefit renters.

Landlords can apply and pay for the entire solar system themselves, or work with their renters for a loan repayment co-contribution of up to $19.27 a month, equivalent to the cost of a takeaway coffee each week.

A comparison of a tenant’s electricity bills from July 2019 and July 2020 from a case study in Northcote showed a saving of more than $120 for the same two-month period, thanks to the solar panels.

Solar Victoria is encouraging renters to discuss rebate opportunities with their agents and landlords and has developed resources to support them.

Visit the Solar Victoria website for more details.