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Metro Community Power Hub Solar Program


More and more Australians are reaping the financial and environmental rewards of moving to solar power, with rooftop panels now on one in four households nationally. 

While the many benefits of having a rooftop solar system for your home, organisation or business are clear, the process of choosing the right one can seem daunting – which is where the Metro Community Power Hub’s new solar program can help. 

Led by the Yarra Energy Foundation, the Metro Community Power Hub is a one-stop hub funded by the Victorian Government through Sustainability Victoria to share practical climate solutions and support community energy projects. 

As well as offering discounts of up to 20% off retail prices, our energy experts are ready to assess your needs and find a system that suits you – whether you’re a sporting club, a small business or a resident, we’d love to match you with the perfect solar setup. 

Why our program? 

The reasons are simple: 

  • As a not-for-profit, you can count on us to always provide independent and expert advice. 


  • We have the runs on the board: our team at the Yarra Energy Foundation have worked in this industry for years. Along the way they’ve organised the installation of more than 18,000 solar panels on the rooftops of homes and businesses across Melbourne, and advised more than 13,000 residents and businesses on better energy choices.


  • At the MCPH we only work with the very best – suppliers and installers who are chosen through our rigorous procurement process, ensuring you’ll get high-quality products, competitive prices and excellent customer service.


  • We love navigating the sometimes complex world of rebates, tracking down exactly what you may be eligible for. 

We’re also truly passionate about solar power, so we’re always happy to answer any questions you have about issues such as payback times, inverters or exporting excess power back to the grid. 

And don’t forget: by purchasing your solar system through the Metro Community Power Hub you’re taking positive action in driving our city towards a zero carbon future, while supporting community energy and saving money. 

It’s a no-brainer, right? We think so. 

If you’re ready for a free quote or have any queries, big or small, just fill out this contact form and we’ll be in touch. 

For more information on the benefits of solar PV, visit Sustainability Victoria. 



How much will it cost?

There are different factors that affect the cost of a system. How many panels (measured in kilowatts, kW), what type of panels you choose (standard or premium), and the type of inverter (used to convert energy from solar panels into useable electricity). The complexity of the installation (i.e. does your home have multiple storeys?) and the orientation and pitch (angle) of your rooftop will also play a role.

Your quote may include extra fees for variations such as double storey installs, but we can guide you through these costs.

Our aim is for the process to be as clear and transparent as possible from beginning to end.

The good news is, for many residents, there are government rebates to subsidise the cost of your install.


  1. Federal Government, Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCs)
  2. Victorian Government, Solar panel (PV) rebate


Household Rebates

Solar Victoria Scheme is providing a rebate of $1,400 plus a no-interest 4-year loan of $1,400 for eligible households.

Am I eligible?

Read the latest eligibility requirements on the Solar Victoria website.

Not-for-profit community housing providers will also be eligible to apply for a rebate on behalf of their tenants.



Batteries! We’ve all been after them for decades, and they’re finally within reach for residential use.

As prices continue to rise for grid energy, the demand for battery storage and greater energy independence is stronger than ever.

For a free quote from one of our vetted suppliers, contact us here.




Solar for Business

From May 2021, Solar for Business rebates will cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of a rooftop solar system, with small businesses eligible for a rebate of up to $3,500.


Participating in the MCPH’s Solar Program also provides up to 20 % of the solar company’s standard prices, so this opportunity is not to be missed!

Read the latest on the Solar for Business Program.

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • Be the owner of a business which has less than 20 employees
  • Operate from the premises that are not considered residential
  • Operate from premises that are individually metered
  • Have your system installed by a Solar Victoria approved retailer
  • Install a solar system with a PV capacity size up to a maximum 30kW

Ownership of a premises also includes a property which is owned by an associated entity such as a Family Trust, Holding Company or Self Managed Super Fund.

The Solar for Business Program will initially be available to businesses operating in their own premises, before expanding soon after to include businesses that rent their premises.

If you’re ready to move forward and receive a no-obligation free quote through the MCPH, please register here.

For more information on the Solar Victoria rebates head to Solar for Business.


Heritage Overlay

If your property has a heritage overlay and the proposed solar panels won’t be visible from a street or park, you don’t need a planning permit. If they are visible, you need to apply for a fast-track (VicSmart) planning permit.

A Planning Officer will assess your application with advice from your Council’s Heritage Advisor. They may suggest changes to the sizing or placement of the system.

If you live in the City of Yarra, you can visit the Council’s Heritage Overlay page to find out if your property is in a heritage overlay zone. For the latest information, read Council’s guidance on solar in heritage overlays.

Council’s Planning Department can be contacted for further advice if you’re in the City of Yarra.

For other municipalities, contact your local Council for more information.




What is Yarra Energy Foundation’s role in this project?

As lead agency of the Metro Community Power Hub, YEF acts as a coordinator on behalf of residents to ensure they are offered high quality products and receive great service. Through a rigorous evaluation process, we have selected a number of reputable providers.

What was the selection criteria for identifying a preferred provider?

To select our preferred suppliers, YEF considered the following:

– Capacity (company longevity and experience)

– Product quality and warranties

– Service

– Price

– Community contributions

– Supplier insurances

– Professional reference checks and customer reviews

– Clean Energy Council membership

– Industry accreditations and memberships

– Staff qualifications and training

Who carries out the actual installation?

The Metro Community Power Hub is committed to supporting local solar installers.

Who is responsible for the installation and maintenance?

Our vetted suppliers are responsible for the installation, services, products and maintenance subject to the terms of your supplier contract.

While the MCPH and YEF aren’t responsible for these issues, we’re always happy to respond to any questions you may have about the offer.

What should I do if there is an issue with the installation or maintenance process?

In the unlikely event there is an issue with the installation or maintenance of your solar PV system, we are here to help.

Depending on your individual contract with your supplier, your options will vary.

Although the MCPH is not part of your individual supplier contract, if at any time during the installation and maintenance of your solar PV systems, the supplier has not provided products and services as agreed and you are not satisfied with their response to your concerns, you should contact the MCPH and we will make reasonable endeavours to help you overcome any issues.

What if I change my mind?

If you have registered your interest and received a final quotation, but have changed your mind, you have no obligation to proceed with the installation of solar PV systems.

However, once you have decided to proceed with the final quotation by making a deposit/signing a contract, your agreement will be with your supplier and not with the Yarra Energy Foundation or the Metro Community Power Hub.

If you change your mind after entering into a contract with the supplier, you will need to discuss this with your supplier. YEF and the MCPH are not responsible for these matters.