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How solar works.

What can you expect from switching to solar?

Hardware explained

Government rebates

Benefits of solar

Simply put…

Hardware explained.

Inverters, batteries and solar panels work together to form a rooftop solar system. Learn more about how photovoltaic transformation produces solar power.

How Solar
Panels Work.

When sunlight reaches solar panels, DC current is created.

When sunlight meets the thin layer of silicon on the top of a solar panel, it knocks electrons from the silicon atoms. Electrons are negatively charged, which means they are attracted to one side of the silicon cell. This creates an DC electric current that is captured by the wiring in a solar panel.

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What do
Inverters do?

Inverters turn DC current to usable electricity.

Your inverter converts direct current (DC) to alternating current, or AC, the type of energy you need to power your home. Once the electricity passes through your inverter, the AC electricity flows to your electric panel and meter. Now it can be used to power your home or traded back into the electric grid.

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How Solar
Batteries Work.

Adding a battery (storage) means you can store excess electricity at home for use when the sun stops shining.

Instead of sending excess power back to the grid, you can install a battery for storage. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store. In some cases, batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. In future, you may also be able to participate in emerging energy markets.

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What is an

Maximum Power. Smart energy that tracks performance of each panel individually.

A solar panel optimiser is a black box of power electronics that you can install behind solar panels to allow each panel to work more independently of the other panels. This is beneficial when one panel is is the shade and another is in full sun.

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Government Solar Rebates & Incentives.

What are solar rebates?

Depending on where you live, you may be able to access different government rebates and incentives. Discover what’s available and what it means for you.

Victorian Solar Homes Package.

State Government Rebate.

Victorians can access a state government rebate scheme via SolarVictoria’s Solar Homes Package. Eligible homeowners can claim a rebate up to $1,888 deducted from the cost of a solar system and a 4-year interest-free loan of an additional $1,888.

To qualify, homeowners must answer ‘Yes’ to the following:

Do you have a combined household taxable income of less than $180,000 per annum? (based on your latest tax assessment notices for the home owners or alternative proof of income for the last financial year. For example, proof of pension received).
Are you the owner-occupier of the property? (as listed on the Council Rates Notice from the last 12 months). Is the property valued at under $3 million? (based on the Capital Improved Value listed on the Council Rates Notice from the last 12 months)
I don’t have solar PV on my property OR I am replacing my solar PV system that was installed before 1 November 2009*.


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South Australia’s Solar Home Battery Scheme.

State Government Rebate.

South Australian’s can access State Government rebates to help pay for the installation of home solar battery systems. All South Australians can apply. The rebate amount is calculated on the kilowatt hour capacity of the solar battery. Energy Concession Holders are eligible for a higher subsidy, ensuring low-income households are supported to access the Scheme.

Current Battery Scheme rebates:

Energy concession holder $400.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh)
All other households $300.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh)
For example, a solar battery with 5kWh of storage could receive a $1,500 rebate, or $2,000 for energy concession holders. While the rebate will vary depending on the size of the battery, it is capped for everyone at a maximum of $4,000 per battery installed.


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Solar battery rebate

Solar Batteries complete the Solar system by providing the capability to store the capture energy. This stored energy is used at nightime or when the sun isnt shining reducing your reliance on the grid.

The Solar Homes Program is supporting eligible Victorian households to install a solar battery to their existing 5kW or above solar system, by providing a point of sale discount up to a maximum of $4,174.

Solar battery rebates are now available in every Victorian postcode. Solar battery rebates will maintain their current value of up to $4,174 until 30 June 2021.

Interest-free loans are not available under the solar battery rebate.

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Solar Battery Rebate Eligibility Criteria.

Victorians eligible to receive a battery rebate if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • the property already has solar PV panels with a capacity equal to or greater than 5kW
  • pre-approval is obtained from your Distributed Network Service Provider (DNSP) to safely connect a battery to the grid
  • the energy storage solution is listed on Solar Victoria’s Approved Battery List and the property does not have an existing energy storage system
  • they are the owner-occupier of the property where the system is to be installed
  • the combined household taxable income of all owners is less than $180,000 a year (based on your Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment)
  • it is an existing property, valued at under $3 million based on the current council rates notice
  • the property address has not previously taken part in the Solar Homes Program
  • the owner/s agrees to receive information from their Distribution Network Service Provider about taking part in battery trials to maximise the value households get from them
  • owner/s agree to receive a free safety inspection and/or audit under the Solar Victoria Audit Program, if selected.

What are Government Incentives?

Small-scale technology certificates (STCs) or ‘Incentives’ differ from solar rebates as they are nationwide. Under this solar scheme, the federal government pays you upfront for the system’s expected power generation up to the year 2030.

Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme.

Federal Government Incentive.

Through the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme, households installing solar are eligible for small-scale technology certificates (STCs). The scheme expires in 2030. Generally, the STC incentive is paid as an upfront discount on the price of the solar solution and is calculated based on the amount of electricity a system produces, the date of installation and location.

Learn more: About STCs and calculate the number of certificates your system is eligible for using the STC Calculator.

What is a Feed-in Tariff?

A Feed-in Tariff (FiT) is a payment that you receive via your electricity retailer as a credit on your bill for excess electricity you feed back into the grid.

Energy Retailer.

Feed-in Tariffs.

When you send your excess solar energy back to the grid, you’ll receive a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) payment as a credit on your bill. The FiT is a rate that is set per kilowatt hour (kWh) and the rates vary depending on your retailer. The FiT helps households ensure that any excess solar energy is not wasted. Credits mean a reduction on your electricity bills. Talk to your energy retailer about their Feed-in Tariff rate.

Solar Energy Benefits.

Solar power is the way of the future. Look after your wallet, your planet and future generations.

Reduce power bills


When the sun shines, your solar system generates power, so you can minimise your reliance on the grid. By generating your own solar energy, you reduce costs and avoid annual increases in electricity prices.

Take advantage of rebates


Solar is very affordable due to Federal and State Government rebates and incentives for eligible homeowners. B.solar uses Clean Energy Council (CEC) accredited installers that install CEC approved products, which are mandatory for households accessing some state Government rebates.

Low maintenance costs


We carefully choose our solar components, so your solar system requires minimal maintenance. Just keep panels clean. You’re covered with warranties for true peace of mind.

We must care for our planet.


As a zero-emission source, a rooftop solar system helps reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Plus, you’ll help Australia meet its Renewable Energy Target, where 20% of our electricity is generated by renewable sources.

Create a better lifestyle


Relying on less power consumed from the grid to generate your own solar electricity doesn’t mean having to compromise. Heat and cool your home as normal. Use all your appliances, whilst enjoying cheaper electricity bills, better environmental outcomes, a higher value for your property and silent energy production.

Increased home value.


A study by realestate.com.au found that 85% of homeowners believe rooftop solar increases a home’s value. The more energy efficiency star ratings a home has, the better its resale value. Even if you’re not planning to sell, increasing the value of your asset makes good sense. Our high-quality solar systems often offer a return on investment in under 5 years.

Renewable energy source


As a renewable energy source, solar can be harnessed anywhere in the world and works whenever there is sunlight. We’ll never run out of solar energy. As long as we have the sun, we can generate solar energy.

Store your electricity


For those days when the sun doesn’t shine, a solar storage battery means you can store the energy generated and use it to power your home. Batteries give you energy independence.

Better for the planet.


Solar power is the way of the future. Take advantage of Federal and State Government rebates and incentives – and our industry-leading deals. We’re on a mission to make solar affordable for everyone.

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