Commercial Solar Rebates

Commercial Solar Rebates for Victorian Businesses

Save up to 50% with a commercial solar rebate

Considering a commercial solar system for your business? You might be eligible for commercial solar rebates through Solar Victoria’s Solar for Business Program. 

Obtaining a commercial solar rebate could save you up to 50% on the cost of installing a commercial rooftop solar system. The program also offers the option of an interest-free loan. 

Now might be the time to buy and the best opportunity to save your business the most amount of money and maximise the return on your investment. 

Our friendly team can assist you with learning about how the funding works and understanding the guidelines, eligibility and application process. 

Solstra is a Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer and a licensed electrician, with over 20 years of experience. We know the industry well and have worked on many small and large-scale solar projects with businesses just like yours.  

Commercial solar rebates in Victoria

Sometimes the government (state or federal) releases funding programs to assist businesses with energy efficiency upgrades, such as upgrading to solar. 

Solar for Business Program

15,000 rebates have been made available for eligible businesses over the next three years, under the Solar for Business Program. Applications are currently open.

Solar Victoria’s Solar for Business Program provides rebates and interest-free loan options for businesses wanting to access renewable energy (solar PV) by providing financial support toward equipment and installation costs. 

Solar Victoria is a government entity under the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DELWP), and the issuing body for commercial solar rebates under the Solar for Business Program.  

Solar for Business Rebate

5,000 rebates of up to $3,500 are currently available for eligible businesses. The rebates are capped at 50% (maximum $3,500) of the net cost of an approved solar PV system with up to 30kW inverter capacity. The net cost is inclusive of discounts, such as the STC discount. 

When the 5,000 rebates have been allocated, the maximum rebate amount reduces to $1,750. Now is the time to invest!

Solstra is a Solar Victoria approved solar retailer. We can help you select, supply and install a commercial solar PV system under the rebate criteria for your business. 

A 13.3KW commercial solar PV system fitting the criteria for the Solar for Business rebate, after the Victorian Solar Rebate and the Federal Government STC discount, would be around a $8600 investment. On average, a small to medium-sized business uses around 30 to 50 kilowatt hours a day. A system of this size would cover around 50 – 70% of its usage and save approx $2200 per annum.

In addition to the rebate, interest-free loans of up to $5,000 are available to support businesses upgrading to commercial solar. This means that the immediate out-of-pocket cost (after the rebate) of a commercial solar PV system installation could be even lower.

Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs)

Your new commercial solar PV system is also eligible for Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). This is a federal government-funded payment made to purchasers of small renewable energy systems for the value of the emissions reduction they create. 

Commercial solar rebate eligibility

If you are a business owner who rents or owns your work premises, you may eligible for a commercial solar rebate under the Solar for Business Program. The program is open to all entity types, including charities and not-for-profits.

The full eligibility criteria can be found at Solar Victoria Solar for Business Program. We’ve included a few key points for your information below. 

  • You must be the owner of a business that employs at least one person (not including yourself) and less than 50 full-time employees 
  • You must operate from non-residential premises that is individually metered
  • Businesses that have previously received a Solar for Business Rebate are not eligible. 

If you own your commercial premises, installing a commercial solar system can increase the value of your property and appeal to future tenants.

Business owners renting their premises are eligible to apply for the rebate or a loan providing that the installation, ownership and maintenance (during and after the lease term) are agreed by all parties involved. 

If you rent your premises, Solstra can advise you on what’s involved initially and ongoing to arm you with the facts and equip you for that discussion with your landlord. 

How do commercial solar rebates work?

You might be searching “how to claim solar for business rebate”. As with most funding incentives, strict criteria apply to eligibility, products and installation, as well as a detailed application process. 

Under the Solar for Business Program:

  • Your system must be installed by a Solar Victoria approved solar retailer
  • The selected solar system must be detailed on Solar Victoria’s approved product list with an inverter capacity size up to 30kW 
  • You must follow the correct Solar Victoria application process and procedure.

We can support you with product advice so you can understand the available options on the approved product list, recommend models and sizes that fit your business usage and provide a competitive quotation. Solstra is an approved solar retailer with Solar Victoria.

Application Process

We are here to support you with the process, from start to finish. 

  • Understanding the rebate process and eligibility criteria
  • Selecting a solar system and solar panels that are right for your business from the approved products list
  • A written quotation for the perfect commercial solar system. 

We will then confirm pre-approval from your distribution network service provider to install your solar system and your ability to export solar to the grid. We then upload your quote to the Solar Victoria portal. You will receive an email notification when you can commence your rebate application.

There are business documents you will need to prepare and upload as well as our quote number, your contact details, your ABN, and your WorkCover Employer Number. Full details can be found at https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/applying-solar-business-rebate

You will receive an email confirmation from Solar Victoria email once your application is submitted and when eligibility is confirmed, you then receive an eligibility number and QR code. 

Then when you are ready, we commence your installation!

Solstra can help with your commercial solar rebate

Solstra is an approved solar retailer with Solar Victoria and an accredited solar designer and installer. We would be pleased to design and install a modern, energy-efficient commercial solar system at your business and support you with the commercial solar rebate process. 

Our team has up-to-date industry knowledge on commercial solar rebates and is available to chat with you about how it all works and any questions you might have. Feel free to call us for a chat. 

We’re insured and all installations come with a 12-month workmanship guarantee and Certificate of Electrical Safety.    

Solstra is listed with Energy Safe Victoria as a Licensed Electrician. We operate in compliance with the Australian Electrical Safety Standards and the Electrical Safety Act 1998.

We are an established, family-run business and we pride ourselves on dependable, personalised customer service. 

Enjoy minimal outlay costs with a commercial solar rebate!

Your investment will not only save your business money, but you’re also doing your bit for the environment! 

  • Lower energy bills
  • Less greenhouse gas emissions
  • Save money long-term (ROI)
  • Have power when the grid is down

Solstra are experts in solar, servicing businesses across Melbourne and the South-Eastern suburbs. We deal only with trusted, quality brands. Contact Solstra today on 0478 638 970 or make an enquiry online for a no-obligation, free consultation.

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