Solar Homes Program Victoria - Solar Hot Water Rebate

The Solar Homes Program is helping Victorians save on their energy bills, tackle climate change and build a cleaner, renewable future. A hot water rebate of up to $1,000 is available on eligible heat pump and solar hot water systems.

The Solar Homes Program offers rebates to eligible Victorians to reduce the upfront cost of upgrading to an energy efficient heat pump or solar hot water system. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by upgrading to a hot water system that uses less energy.

Eligible Victorian households can receive both a hot water rebate and a solar panel (PV) rebate to save even more with solar.

The hot water rebate is available for owner occupiers who are replacing an existing hot water system which is at least three years old. It is available for existing properties and not for homes under construction or rental properties.

See the Hot Water Buyers Guide on the Solar Victoria web site. This has information to help you learn and start saving more with solar. Your local Solahart Dealer can assist you through the process of selecting the water heater best for you and applying for the rebate.

Without limiting the original periods of the product warranty, a 5-year whole-of-product warranty will be applied to the water heater where a rebate has been received under Solar Victoria’s Solar Homes Program for an installation from 1st July 2023. For further details, call 131 031.

Note: The hot water rebate is calculated after any other discounts (including STC and VEEC) have been applied to the purchase and installation price of the installation, and is a 50% rebate on the remaining amount up to the value of $1000.

Victorian Solar Homes Solar Rebate

To find out how to claim the Victorian Solar Homes solar rebate, or to get an in-home solar assessment, just fill in your details or call 1300 721 984.

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As a Victorian householder, you could receive a hot water rebate if you meet the following criteria:

  • you are the owner-occupier of an existing property where the system is to be installed
  • the combined household taxable income of all owners is less than $210,000 per year
  • you have not already received a hot water rebate or a solar battery rebate under the Solar Homes Program
  • the property is valued at under $3 million
  • the property address has not previously received a hot water rebate or a solar battery rebate under the Solar Homes Program
  • the hot water system to be replaced is at least three years old from the date of purchase

Householders cannot receive the same Solar Homes rebate more than once. For example, if a householder has previously received a hot water rebate, they cannot receive another hot water rebate.

Other conditions may apply.

Refer to the Solar Homes Program Hot Water Rebate page on the Solar Victoria web site for further information.

The hot water rebate will cover up to 50% of the cost of a hot water system with properties eligible for a rebate of up to $1000.

All hot water installations must be completed by an authorised hot water retailer. Retailers must:

  • ensure plumbing work is undertaken by an appropriately licensed plumber and that a Plumbing Certificate of Compliance is supplied to the householder
  • ensure any electrical work is undertaken by an electrician that holds a current Class A Electrical Licence issued by Energy Safe Victoria and that a Certificate of Electrical Safety, certified by a licensed inspector registered with Energy Safe Victoria, is supplied to the householder
  • provide a minimum five years’ warranty on all major components of your solar hot water system.

No, you can install any system on the Solar Victoris's Hot Water Approved Products list.

This means that households that have no available or suitable roof space to install PV or solar hot water, such as apartments and townhouses will still be able to access the program to install a heat pump hot water system.

Eligible owner-occupier households that have received a hot water rebate can also apply for a solar PV rebate.

No, owner-occupier households that have received a hot water rebate cannot apply for a solar battery rebate.

No, only owner-occupier households are eligible for a hot water rebate.