Where’s My Solar Rebate? SHCP Government Update

The rush for grid connect solar power systems before the Solar Homes and Communities Plan program was axed in June and replaced by the Solar Credits program saw tens of thousands of rebate applications submitted.
   
Many of the people who applied are still waiting for the results of their application.
   
The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts says it has now completed checking, cross-checking, matching, sorting and processing the remaining applications made under the Solar Homes and Communities Plan. 
   
Letters are now being posted to all remaining applicants and are expected to take a little over a week to reach those in the most remote regions.
   
According to the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), around 90 percent of the more than 60,000 applications remaining will receive approval to go ahead with their installation, but 800 of these will be conditional approvals.
   
Over the next week, each installer will receive an email from the Department, with a list of their outstanding applications and their outcome. DEWHA says they will prioritise alerting the companies who have generated the highest workload so that these companies can plan completion of their installations. 
    
All remaining applicants will have nine months to complete their installation, followed by a further two months to complete and submit their installation report.
    
Applicants have been reminded that in order systems must be installed by a BCSE accredited installer. DEWHA says they will be allowing those with pre-approval to switch to a different installation company, provided the installer is appropriately accredited and their contract allows it. If an applicant chooses to do so, they can reflect the change in their installation report and will have the same timeframe to complete their installation.