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Yarra Solar Program

You may be eligible for up to 20% off solar panels, inverters, batteries and installation through the Yarra Solar Program.

Uncertain about solar? In reality there are a lot of things to consider, like how much will it cost? What is the payback time? What is an inverter? We get these questions every day and are our job is to provide you with free and independent advice so that you can get on with finding the best solar setup for your home or business.

The Yarra Solar Program is a not-for-profit initiative supported by the City of Yarra, delivered by the Yarra Energy Foundation’s team of energy experts. EnviroGroup emerged from a comprehensive vetting process as the best value solar provider. In other words, we have already done the hard work vetting solar companies so you have the peace of mind of quality products from a reputable installer at the best price.

By purchasing solar through the Yarra Solar Program

  • You are helping the Yarra community reach the goal of net-zero carbon by 2030, and
  • You are helping local community organisations access solar! We donate 1kW for every 100kW installed through the program.

Ready for a quote, or still have questions? Fill out a contact form and we will get back to you.

Prices

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

Rebates:

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

The pricing table below is a guide only and include solar panels, an inverter, installation, and GST. 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 Yarra Solar Program offers three different inverter options:

  1. Sungrow
  2. SMA
  3. Enphase micro-inverters

All options are ‘battery-ready’ meaning that if you want to install a battery in the future, it will be an easy addition. The prices below are with Trina solar panels, a highly regarded panel manufacturer. Other solar panels can be discussed directly with Envirogroup. Register if you would like us to contact you to discuss your options.

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.

For more information on the Solar Victoria rebates contact

YEF on 03 9429 6070 or

Solar Victoria on 1300 363 744

Batteries

Batteries! We’ve all been after them for decades, and they are 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. The prices listed should only be used as a guide. Envirogroup can provide you with a free quote tailored to your needs. It’s as simple as contacting us here.

Battery prices are dependent on the system size, but rest assured through the Yarra Solar Program, the battery options represent packages inclusive of rooftop solar, a hybrid inverter, and a battery system through our partner Envirogroup.

 

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 Yarra Solar Program also provides 20 per cent 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, which the Yarra Solar Program includes
  • 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 eager to move forward and receive a no-obligation free quote through the Yarra Solar Program, please register your details here.

For more information on the Solar Victoria rebates head to Solar for Business or contact:

YEF on 03 9429 6070 or

Solar Victoria on 1300 363 744

 

Heritage Overlay

If your property is in 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 Council’s Heritage Advisor. They may suggest changes to the sizing or placement of the system. To find out whether your property is in a heritage overlay, visit the Council’s Heritage Overlay page. There are no planning application fees for solar in heritage overlays. For the latest information, read Council’s guidance on solar in heritage overlays. Contact Council’s Planning Department or planningadmin@yarracity.vic.gov.au or further advice.

 

Community Donation

With each kW of solar pv purchased and installed through the Yarra Solar Program, you’ll be helping one of our great community organisations install their own solar pv system!

For every 100 kWs of installed solar, we’ll donate 1 kW of solar PV to a community organisation!

Together we can transition all of Yarra to a renewable and better energy future.

The Lighthouse Foundation was the recipient of the 2021 donation. Money saved on renewable energy will allow the Lighthouse Foundation to provide critical care for children and young people impacted by long-term neglect, abuse and homelessness.

FAQ

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

Over the duration of the Yarra Solar Program, 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 reputable provider.

What was the selection criteria for identifying a preferred provider?

To select the preferred supplier 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 Yarra Solar Program is committed to supporting local solar installers. For this reason, Envirogroup have in-house installers and will endeavour to contract solar installers from within Melbourne for this program.

Who is responsible for the installation and maintenance?

Envirogroup is responsible for the installation, services, products and maintenance subject to the terms of your supplier contract. Yarra Energy Foundation is not responsible for these matters, but is available 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, YEF is always here to help. Depending on your individual contract with Envirogroup, your options will vary. You should discuss your concerns directly with Envirogroup. Although YEF 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 YEF and we will take reasonable endeavours to help you overcome any issues with the supplier.

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 Envirogroup and not with the Yarra Energy Foundation or Yarra City Council. If you change your mind after entering into a contract with the supplier, you will need to discuss this with Envirogroup. YEF is not responsible for these matters.