Frequently Asked Questions

In Melbourne, Australia, homeowners can take advantage of several rebates and incentives to make solar system installation more affordable. Here are some of the key rebates available:

  1. Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs): This is the most common form of rebate for solar installations in Australia. STCs are a form of government incentive that provides a financial benefit for installing solar panels. The number of STCs you receive depends on factors such as the size of your solar system and your location. 
  2. Victorian Solar Homes Rebate: The Victorian Government offers a Solar Homes Rebate to help homeowners in Victoria, including those in Melbourne, with the cost of installing solar panels. This rebate provides a substantial discount on the upfront cost of a solar power system for eligible households. 
  3. Victorian Solar Homes Interest-Free Loans: In addition to rebates, the Victorian Government may offer interest-free loans to help homeowners cover the upfront cost of installing solar panels. These loans can make solar energy more accessible to households by spreading out the cost over time.
  4. Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs): While not a rebate in the traditional sense, feed-in tariffs allow homeowners with solar panels to receive payment for excess electricity they generate and feed back into the grid. Many electricity retailers in Victoria offer feed-in tariffs as part of their solar energy plans. These tariffs can help offset the cost of electricity when your solar panels aren’t producing enough to meet your household’s needs, such as during the night or on cloudy days.

There are several reputable brands of solar panels and inverters commonly used in solar system installations in Melbourne, Australia. Here are some of the popular brands:

 

Solar Panels:

  • Jinko Solar: JinkoSolar is one of the largest and most reputable solar panel manufacturers globally. They offer a diverse range of panels with high efficiency and excellent warranties, making them a popular choice for residential and commercial installations.
  • Tongwei Solar: one of the largest solar cell manufacturers in the world. They are known for their vertically integrated production process, which includes manufacturing both monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon solar cells. 
  • Risen Energy: also, a leading Tier 1 solar panel manufacturer. They are known for producing high-quality solar panels that offer a balance of performance, reliability, and affordability. Risen Energy has a vertically integrated production process, which allows them to control the quality of their panels from raw materials to finished products.

 

Inverters:

  • Fronius: Fronius is a well-known inverter manufacturer renowned for its high-quality and reliable products. Their inverters are known for their advanced features, efficient performance, and long-term reliability, making them a popular choice for residential and commercial installations.
  • Huawei: Huawei is a global technology company that offers inverters with advanced features such as artificial intelligence (AI) optimization, which can improve energy production and system reliability. Their inverters are known for their efficiency, reliability, and smart capabilities.
  • Growatt: is a company specializing in the manufacturing of solar inverters. They offer a wide range of inverters for residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar installations. Growatt inverters are known for their reliability, efficiency, and advanced features such as Wi-Fi monitoring and remote-control capabilities.

The hot water heat pump is typically installed outdoors, ideally in a location with ample sunlight and good air circulation. They function similarly to reverse air conditioners, extracting heat from the air to warm the water in the tank. They can also be installed in garages, sheds, and verandahs, provided there is enough space to ensure adequate airflow.

We service all Melbourne metropolitan suburbs and some major regional towns and areas in Victoria.

Once we receive your order and payment, we’ll promptly arrange the installation of your chosen system. Typically, installations are completed within 2 weeks, though this timeline may vary depending on your selected product or location.

These modern units are designed to operate more efficiently than old units. Yes, you may be eligible for a government rebate when upgrading to a modern heat pump unit. We recommend speaking to one of our Hot Water Experts to confirm which system best suits your needs.

In most cases, the new standards can be met through relatively simple and low-cost changes, particularly if the design is considered early in the process of a new home build. Key differences between a 6-star and 7-star home may include:

  • better design and orientation to the sun to take advantage of opportunities to passively heat the home in winter while shading it in summer
  • improved ceiling, wall, or under-floor insulation to suit the Victorian climate
  • high-performance glazing (windows) to better insulate the home from heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.

During the early rollout of these new standards, some volume builders may need to adjust their standard designs to a 7-star rating until they become commonplace. You may find that a design you like needs minor modifications to help you achieve the minimum 7-star rating.

The orientation of a building on a site can influence your star rating. Homeowners can work with their designer or builder early in the process to take advantage of their site’s orientation and local climate.