solar panel victoria Aug29

Notice to Market for Solar Panel Victoria 2022–23 Published

For retailers and solar PV system installers in Victoria taking part in Victoria’s Solar Homes and Solar Panel Victoria for Business Programs, statutory and suggested standards for 2022–2023 have just been released. Here is a rundown of the current situation.

What does a Notice to Market mean?

The Solar Panel Victoria Notice to Market clearly outlines the requirements and expectations for the purpose of participating in the Solar Homes and Solar for Business programs starting on July 1, 2022, for the sector covering solar PV systems in Victoria. The Notice to Market’s specifications for participants, solar power systems, as well as related products, will ensure that the solar sector keeps progressing. They put a strong emphasis on personnel and customer safety, installing products that are appropriate for their intended use, are future-proof, and making sure that all Victorians have access to clean, reasonably priced solar energy. Participation in the Solar Homes and Solar for Business programs is subject to the prerequisites and Solar Victoria’s terms and conditions described in this Notice to Market for solar panel Victoria. The terms of this notice must be followed by participants in order for rebates to be applied to solar PV, solar batteries, solar hot water, and solar PV systems in Victoria. This Notice to Market supersedes all prior versions and adds new information. In conjunction with the industry, Solar Victoria analyses the program criteria on a recurring basis. From time to time, modifications to this notice are published.

New Recommendations

In this latest release, there are no new mandatory requirements, but five new recommended specifications can be seen. Updates to systems and products are discussed, as well as new responsibilities for dealers and retailers. For the benefit of Victorians who have wholeheartedly supported solar, it is advised to comply with these recommended standards.

  • Avoiding battery cross-phasing on sites with multiple phases of installation.

When installing solar batteries at multi-phase locations, it is essential to avoid “cross phasing,” which can cause network imbalance and other problems.

Rationales behind this advice:

  • Direct self-consumption is enhanced when solar panels Victoria and solar batteries are operating on the same phase for multi-phase clients.
  • With Victoria’s net metering system, multi-phase consumers are not required to balance each phase individually. With no cost to the client, solar panels installation Victoria can be done separately from the installation of the solar battery system.
  • Battery cross phasing can disrupt the network’s balance, leading to avoidable increased line voltages, and unnecessarily exacerbate the network’s power characteristics.
  • Owners of systems should be informed by retailers about the Victorian Energy Compare website and solar saving tools.

Prior to installing a solar powered system, it is advised that solar PV retailers must inform system owners to use the solar saver tool and to visit the Victorian Energy Compare website. Read More: What is The Lifespan of Solar Panels? Life Expectancy of Solar Panels Explained.

Reasoning for this recommendation:

  • The Victorian state government created the Victorian Energy Compare website, which features a solar savings calculator that uses information particular to NMIs (National Mering Identifiers).
  • Households can make use of the solar calculator to see how the planned solar system would affect their overall use and tariffs.

Rebate for Victorian Solar PV Systems in 2022–2023

The state’s incentive schemes for solar energy are still in place and will continue to be quite substantial in the near future. The solar panel rebate program in Victoria continues to provide homeowners (and landlords) up to $1,400 off the price of a qualifying system. Even though it’s referred to as a “rebate,” the consumer really receives an upfront reduction. Along with the federal “solar rebate,” there is an additional upfront reduction that is offered. Another choice is a loan with no interest. There are also benefits for solar batteries, EVs, solar-powered hot water, VPP participation, and many more in addition to the solar PV system rebate.

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