Federal Government Small-Scale Technology Certificates Scheme (STCs)
Apricus solar hot water systems qualify for the federal governments Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) scheme. STCs can be applied for eligible solar water heaters and/or air source heat pumps. If you install an eligible system, you are entitled to a financial incentive relative to the amount of electricity generated or saved.
Each STC is equivalent to 1MWh (megawatt hour) of:
- electricity displaced by the installation of a solar water heater or air source heat pump.
What Is The Current STC Price?
The scheme is market-based, meaning that the STC price is variable and can change on a weekly or monthly basis.
It is advisable to check the value of the STC’s at the time of installation.
See the STC calculator here
How Long Do I Have To Claim An STC Rebate?
Home owners can claim STCs after they have had their Apricus system installed provided this is completed within 12 months after the installation date.
Solar Victoria Rebate (Solar Hot Water)
Currently, the Victorian Government is providing a rebate of up to $1,000 on eligible Apricus solar hot water systems.
This rebate is a great option for households where solar panels (PV) might not be suitable, or for households that already have solar panels (PV) installed.
Victorian household owners are eligible to receive a rebate under the Solar Homes Program for their Apricus system if:
- they are the owner-occupier of the property
- all owners have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per annum (based on their Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment for the last two years)
- it is an existing property, valued at under $3 million
- the hot water system to be replaced is at least three years old from the date of purchase
- they have not received a solar PV rebate or a battery rebate under the Solar Homes program
- the property is not a new build
- the property address has not received a rebate under the Solar Homes Program
- the solar (or heat pump) hot water system is on the Solar Homes program approved products list
- properties that are connected to reticulated natural gas, without solar PV greater than 2.5kW, can only install gas-booster solar hot water systems (see the Approved products page for more information)
Once you’re confident that your property meets the eligibility criteria, you can start the process by applying for an eligibility number.
Process for the Apricus Solar Hot Water Installations
There are three easy steps to apply for a Solar Hot Water rebate.
Home owners should not install a solar hot water system until your eligibility has been approved by Solar Victoria – with the exception of emergency installations. If you install your solar hot water system before your eligibility is approved, you will not receive a rebate.
Step 1 – Obtain a quote
Seek out a quote for your solar hot water installation. You should advise your retailer you intend to apply for the Solar Homes rebate.
Obtaining a quote is necessary to apply for an eligibility number, which your installer will use to confirm that they can go ahead with your installation.
Solar Victoria does not recommend signing a quote acceptance or paying a deposit prior to receiving your rebate eligibility confirmation. As a minimum you should confirm with your retailer that any deposit is fully refundable.
Step 2 – Apply for eligibility
Solar Victoria will provide you with an eligibility pack containing documents that will need to be completed. Once you have completed all the documents, you will need to return all the documents and attachments to Solar Victoria via the secure link provided.
Solar Victoria will then assess your application and inform you and your solar (or heat pump) hot water system provider on whether the application has been approved.
Step 3 – Get the system installed
Once you have received confirmation of approval by Solar Victoria, you will be able to arrange the installation of the system with your solar (or heat pump) hot water provider.
Please note that the program requires the installation of an approved product and depending on your situation you may be only able to obtain a rebate for a gas boosted solar hot water system.
The rebate will be paid directly to your provider and deducted from your invoice – ensuring you only pay any outstanding balance once the system is installed.
Please note: The Solar Homes rebate for Solar Hot Water is calculated after any other discounts have been applied (including STC and VEEC) and is up to the value of $1000.
Victorian energy efficiency certificates (VEECs) are electronic certificates created under the program when certain energy efficiency activities are undertaken in residential or non-residential premises. Each VEEC certificate represents one tonne of greenhouse gas emissions reduction (CO2-e).
The installation of an Apricus Solar Hot Water system may attract the VEEC rebate. It is advisable to discuss your eligibility with your Apricus Solar Specialist or installer.