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The Victorian Government Minister for Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, reveals a new program of $3,500 grants, for small businesses to install solar power systems. As a result, the grants will help businesses cut back on electricity bills and boost jobs in the solar industry.

Cutting electricity bills:

The new program, “Solar For Business,” will allow Victorian small businesses to apply for rebates to install rooftop solar. This will see business owners slash their electricity bills and reduce upfront costs of installation. Businesses will save hundreds of dollars on their annual energy bills and reap the benefits of the solar panels longevity. Any Victorian small business employing 20 or less people will be eligible.

The program will run with the Labor Government’s $1.3 billion Solar Homes Program. Minister for Solar Homes, Lily D’Ambrosio, says a key focus is to help businesses save cash.

“We know small businesses have been doing it tough. That’s why we want to encourage small businesses-from cafes to manufacturers and retail- to get solar panels and save hundreds of dollars a year on their bills.”

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Creating jobs in the solar industry:

As Victoria remains in its fourth lockdown, the program will also create jobs for the solar industry, with thousands of panels being installed across the state. The program is available for systems with a capacity of up to 30kW. In addition, it will see 15 000 solar PV rebates delivered over three years. The solar systems must be delivered by authorised retailers and installers and included in Solar Victoria’s approved product list.

By putting solar panels on businesses right across Victoria, we are creating more than 200 jobs in the solar industry”

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Andy McCarthy is a mover and shaker in the solar industry. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Director at leading solar business, RACV solar. RACV solar is located in the Gippsland, the centre of coal country. but he is defying the odds, making it the home of his solar empire. McCarthy says the grants are a big push in the right direction.

“A wonderful announcement…Can’t wait to roll up our sleeves


Small businesses, the solar industry and the climate will benefit from the “Solar For Business Program.”

For more information, including eligibility criteria and authorised retailers, can be found at Applications are now open.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.


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