CONSTITUENCY QUESTION — Mr Kennedy to ask the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

My constituency question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes and is about the solar panel rebate scheme. The Andrews Labor government’s $1.3 billion Solar Homes program will install solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries at 770 000 homes over the next 10 years, saving Victorian households more than $890 a year on their energy bills. My question is: how many homes in my climate-conscious electorate of Hawthorn have received a rebate since the scheme commenced?

Answer

The Victorian Government’s landmark Solar Homes Program is making it easier for Victorian households, including those residing in the electorate of Hawthorn, to install a solar system.

Since August 2008 over 57,000 Victorians have installed a solar system through the Solar Homes Program.  In Hawthorn, 128 households have received a solar PV or hot water rebate.

Typical households can save up to $890 per year on their electricity bills when they install solar panels. To date, the Victorian Government is helping eligible Victorian households save up to an estimated $45 million annually on their energy bills and reduce over 406,000 tonnes annually of greenhouse gas emissions.

To meet community demand, we expanded the program to include rebates for rental properties and in August announced an extra 23,420 rebates for the 2019-20 financial year. The expanded program will be of great value to the residents of Hawthorn and is part of a major push for Victoria to reach its target of 50 per cent of its energy to be provided by renewables by 2030.

The $1.3 billion program is investing in our energy future and helping Victorians with a household income of up to $180,000, who live in their own home or a tenanted property valued up to $3 million, take control of their energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

I thank the member for his question.

Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Minister for Solar Homes