Low cost adjustments make it simpler to put in solar batteries – pv journal Australia – pv journal Australia

Victorians can now access the $ 3,500 discount on battery-powered solar homes when they bundle their new rooftop solar system with battery storage – making it easier than ever to join the thousands of people who are enjoying the benefits of solar energy.

October 8, 2021

Solar Homes Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the changes made by the government mean consumers no longer have to wait to install solar panels before accessing the discount on batteries. In the past, home or business owners had to wait for photovoltaics to be installed in order to take advantage of the discount.

“We listened to the industry and the Victorians. More and more people want to bundle a new PV system with a battery or upgrade their solar system in order to maximize the return on their battery, ”said D’Ambrosio.

"This change will make it easier for more households to take advantage of combining a battery with solar PV as part of their home energy system."

"In this way we give Victorian the power to save money and reduce emissions."

More than 4,000 Victorians have already taken advantage of the battery discount. As summer approaches, there has never been a better time for solar households to better control their energy bills with additional battery storage.

In addition to the savings from rooftop solar panels, installing a battery can help a typical household save hundreds of dollars a year.

Households can use solar-generated electricity to cut their bills, recharge their batteries at times of the day when mains electricity is cheaper, or install a system that acts as a backup in the event of a power failure.

The Victorian government's $ 1.3 billion Solar Homes program is fueling a clean energy revolution in the suburbs and regions of Victoria, helping thousands of families take control of their energy bills.

Over a period of 10 years, the program will install solar panels, solar hot water systems or batteries in 770,000 households across the state.

Victorian households can take advantage of discounts on a battery or solar system.

Eligibility criteria for battery discounts can be found at solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate.

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