Constituency question – My question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. I ask the Minister why the Solar Homes battery rebate scheme excludes Shepparton District postcodes 3629 Mooroopna, 3616 Tatura and 3610 Murchison.
The Solar Homes Program was established to support eligible Victorian households to install a solar battery, by providing a point of sale discount up to a maximum of $4,838. In March 2020 the Solar Homes battery rebate was expanded to 247 eligible postcodes, with some additional postcodes located Goulburn Valley.
A constituent from the Shepparton District who is building in a new home in Taura has contacted my office in frustration after finding out that Tatura, ever though it is so near to Shepparton, which is included in the eligible postcodes, is not eligible for the rebate.
Despite meeting the criteria of high PV penetration, it seems the criteria ‘high growth suburb’ makes it an area not considered a designated postcode. It seems the eligibility for the scheme needs to be reviewed to ensure our regional residents are not disadvantaged and locked out from the Solar Homes battery rebate