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Energy And Environment

Solar Batteries To Power More Victorian Postcodes

More Victorian households will be able to store cleaner, cheaper rooftop energy, with the State Government adding an extra 143 postcodes to its Solar Homes battery rebate scheme.

Member for Bellarine , Lisa Neville,  said this meant households in Clifton Springs, Curlewis , Drysdale , Indented Head, Portarlington, St Leonards, Leopold , Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads are now eligible to apply for a Solar Homes battery rebate of up to $4,838.

Households with an average 11kwH battery around can expect to save around $650 a year on their electricity bills, in addition to savings they are already making with solar panels.

More than 70 per cent of the new postcodes are in regional Victoria, including in the Goulburn Valley, North East Victoria, Gippsland and Barwon South West regions.

The expansion will include regional centres such as Bendigo, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Mildura, Port Fairy, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale, and reach approximately 50 per cent of households that have a pre-existing solar panel system of at least 5kW.

There have been more than 359 approved applications for solar batteries since they became available in July 2019, with 219 of those systems already installed.

The top suburbs in Victoria for solar batteries applications so far are Torquay, Sunbury, Lara, Craigieburn, Werribee, Mount Duneed, Tarneit, Armstrong Creek, Templestowe and Ocean Grove.

To be eligible for a rebate, householders must obtain approval to install a battery from their distribution network service, have an existing rooftop solar system of 5kW or more, and meet other eligibility criteria. Full eligibility details can be found at: solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate.