Victoria’s Andrews Labor Government is claiming major success with its Solar Homes program – particularly on the PV side of things.
“The latest figures show that Solar Homes has been overwhelmingly popular and Victorians in every part of the state are rushing to be part of the switch to cleaner, cheaper energy,” said Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio.
In September’s second release, 3,356 solar power system subsidies were snapped up within 19 minutes. While the speed at which the subsidies have been allocated has not been quite so frenetic since, demand is still well and truly outstripping supply. October 16th’s midday release was pretty much all spoken for by the end of the business day.
As to where the rebates are going, figures supplied by the state government indicate 42 per cent have been secured by households outside of Melbourne. In Melbourne, outer suburbs including Craigieburn, Pakenham, Cranbourne East and Berwick are among the top locations.
So far, there have been 46,000 solar power system installations. 60,000 solar power system installations are expected in Victoria this year, compared to approximately 41,000 installations in 2018.
The next release of solar panel rebates is next Friday, November 1. There will be 3,350 subsidies available in November’s first release and another 3,350 in the second. Then in December, the number will drop to 2,500 per release for the remainder of the financial year.