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Victoria’s bright solar future: Andrews Government to expand solar panel and battery rebate program after dazzling election win

Victoria’s bright solar future: Andrews Government to expand solar panel and battery rebate program after dazzling election win

Daniel Andrews’ Labor Government was re-elected in a landslide victory in the Victorian State Election on Saturday. The win means it’s now full steam ahead for Labor’s solar panel and battery rebate program.

Andrews had promised to expand Victoria’s $1.3 billion Solar Homes program if re-elected for another four-year term. As a result, the half-price solar panel rebate scheme will now cover up to 720,000 owner-occupiers.

The government will also provide half-price solar batteries for 10,000 Victorian households, to fulfil another election pledge.

Battery rebate programs part of Solar Homes initiative

The $40 million battery rebate program is part of the Andrews Government’s Solar Homes initiative.

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A typical 11 kWh battery like Tesla Powerwall 2 or Enphase is able to reduce annual electricity bills by about $650.

Solar Victoria runs this ambitious solar battery rebate program, giving more homeowners access to cheaper, cleaner energy.

In fact, the Labor Government pledged to invest $82 million on solar programs over 10 years if re-elected.

Solar power roll-out for Victorian tenants too

Andrews also promised to include renters in the solar and battery rebate program if given a new term. This means tenants may now save up to $890 on their annual electricity bills.

To take part, landlords will have to negotiate with their tenants to share the cost of solar installation. Owners corporations will also be eligible for a 50 per cent solar panel rebate as well as a low interest loan.

Victorian Renewable Energy Target gets a boost

Andrews’ campaign focused on infrastructure and renewable energy. Saturday’s election win is an indication Victorians want more of the same.

Andrews also promised to boost Victoria’s clean energy target if re-elected, increasing to 50 per cent by 2030, rather than 40 per cent by 2025.

In contrast, the Coalition promised to scrap the renewable energy target.

The Coalition’s energy plan also hinged on the construction of a minimum 500 MW power station.

It issued a statement on November 12: “Packaging up major government services such as rail, hospitals and other major services, a Liberal Nationals Government will seek a tender for a new 500 MW contract of supply, allowing the market to best determine the mode of generation.”

Infrastructure big winner for Victoria

Victoria’s renewable infrastructure has already received major investment under the Andrews Government.

Expectations are that six new wind and solar farms under way in Victoria will dramatically reduce energy prices in the state.

The new renewable projects should generate around 1,000 MW in total.

Victorians are encouraged to apply for the Solar Homes rebates on solar panels and battery storage.

Just fill in the inquiry form. Energy Matters is a trusted solar supplier and installer accredited by the Clean Energy Council and can be used to get maximum benefit from the solar and battery rebate program.

News item provided courtesy of Energy Matters Australia.