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Victoria awards $2.7 million to rooftop solar grant program

Victoria awards .7 million to rooftop solar grant program
Victoria awards .7 million to rooftop solar grant program

“We’re helping more Victorians make the switch to all-electric homes, reducing energy bills and investing in a renewable energy future,” said Lily D’Ambrosio, Victoria’s Minister for Energy and Resources. “The Residential Electrification Grants program is expanding solar by expanding the reach and scope of the program to drive innovation in solar deployment.”

Victoria already has an ambitious solar installation program, the Solar Home project, a US$880 million, 10-year plan to dramatically expand the state’s residential solar capacity. The project aims to have residential solar account for one-eighth of the state’s renewable energy mix, which will account for 40% of the state’s total energy supply by next year.

Projects like these have propelled Australia to the forefront of the global rooftop solar sector. In 2023, Australian homes alone added 3.1 GW of new rooftop solar capacity, and a report from the Clean Energy Council (CEC) found that rooftop solar alone would provide 14% of the country’s energy needs in the summer of 2022-23.

Last month, Australia saw the lowest new rooftop solar capacity installed since January, a 14% decline from May. While this decline is considered a temporary aberration, it highlights the importance of continuing to support legislation for new residential solar installations.