The small-scale solar industry in Victoria is struggling under the Victorian Solar Homes program which has put a cap of 3,333 of rebates available per month. In July the rebates were all taken-up within three days and in August the rebates had been redeemed in 106 minutes, such is the customer demand for these rebates.
The eligibility criteria for the program is so broad that consumers are choosing to wait until the next month for new allocations, rather than purchasing solar without the rebate. This system is effectively putting a cap on the solar industry in Victoria and has created a boom/bust scenario which many small solar businesses cannot absorb.
The situation is significantly impacting many small solar businesses across Victoria, with many reporting significant issues with cash flow, and some having to lay-off staff or close their businesses due to lower than expected sales.
If the program is not altered the small-scale solar industry in Victoria will be decimated.
We are calling on the Victorian Government to take urgent action, by reducing the eligibility criteria and value of the rebates, in order to stop the Victorian solar industry being driven into the ground. We are urging them to ‘remove the cap on solar businesses in Victoria’.
We have prepared some information to help our industry get the word out on social media, and to their local politicians and newspapers.
The vast majority of businesses affected by the rebate cap are small businesses. Here are their stories in their own words.
“We secured ONE residential solar job in the August round...ONE. That’s it until September, or maybe October, November, next year, who knows."
If you would like to contribute, send an image of yourself (and staff/families) standing in front of your van, business or solar panels and some words in response to these questions: how is the Solar Victoria rebate cap affecting your business? What will happen if the Solar Victoria rebate cap does not change?
Please send all contributions to [email protected]
We wrote to the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews urging him to take urgent action. The letter was printed in the Herald Sun on 15 August. You can share the letter and a gif we made for social media.