Solar Vic - Solar for Business Program

Solar for Business Program

Source: Solar Victoria.

We’re excited to share with you the newly announced Solar for Business Program.  

The Solar for Business Program eligibility criteria was announced on 7 March 2021 as an initiative to support the economic recovery of Victorian small businesses and the broader solar sector by delivering 15,000 solar PV rebates over the next three years.

This initiative will bring down energy bills for small businesses by reducing the upfront cost of the installation of an approved small-scale solar PV system up to 30kW.   

Rebates will cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of a rooftop solar system with small businesses eligible for a rebate of up to $3,500 to reduce the upfront cost of installing solar on their business premises.  

The Solar for Business Program will initially be available to businesses operating in their own premises, before expanding soon after to include businesses that rent their premises.

Ownership of a premises also includes a property which is owned by an associated entity such as a Family Trust, Holding Company or Self Managed Super Fund. 

Small businesses that meet the following criteria will be eligible for a solar rebate:  

  • Be the owner of a business which has less than 20 employees   
  • Operate from premises that are not considered residential   
  • Operate from a premises that are individually metered  
  • Have your system installed by a Solar Homes approved solar retailer as detailed on Solar Victoria’s website  
  • Install a solar system with a PV capacity size up to 30kW, and detailed on the Solar Homes approved product list.

Eligible businesses will be able to apply for a small business rebate of up to $3,500, through the Solar Victoria portal from May 2021 and we encourage all solar retailers to start working with potential applicants on preparing for the program to open. 

The rebate is only available for installations which occur following the program formally opening for applications in May. Systems installed prior will not be eligible for a rebate. 

In addition to the solar rebate, $5 million of support will be provided through the Small Business Energy Saver Program to help small businesses install energy-efficient equipment.

Bonuses of up to $2,000 can be used for upgrades to energy-efficient work equipment such as air-conditioning, refrigeration and heat pumps.

Small businesses can register their interest in the Small Business Energy Saver program by visiting sustainability.vic.gov.au.

Still have questions? You can contact us by calling 1300 376 393, 8:00am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday (except public holidays). 

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