Solar Saver

Interested in getting solar panels? The Solar Saver Program can arrange a premium installer with the best quality and price for you.

Our Solar Saver program has helped over 1,800 households and businesses access solar. It has also reached a production capacity of 8.2MW and is helping save up to 12,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. This is the equivalent of removing over 3,600 cars of the roads each year.

How will the Solar Saver Program help you?

  • We have done the homework for you, via a competitive tender process, to find a reliable installer and value for money.
  • We have negotiated a 10-year warranty for parts and installation, and a 25-year performance warranty on panels.
  • We have set a high-quality standard in terms of manufacturing quality and the efficiency of the system.
  • We put you in touch with our current installer.  They can provide more information and respond to any questions you may have regarding solar systems and send you a free no obligation quote. 

Pay upfront, or pay back over 10 years

There are two ways to participate in the program:

Bulk Buy Program Rates Program
You pay the upfront costs We pay the upfront costs, you pay it back over 10 years

All Darebin ratepayers are eligible to join - residents, businesses and organisations

In 2023, only disadvantaged people and discriminated communities are eligible for this stream.

Find out if your household is eligible

There is no waiting list. Once you have arranged with the supplier you can get your system installed

There is currently no waiting list, but there is a limited amount of spots available. 

The process may take anything from 3 to 6 months before installation can start. 

You pay the upfront cost of the system

Council pays the upfront cost of the system. You pay it back over ten years, interest free

Includes GST You don't pay GST
You may have more choice of products up to 100kW

There is a $6,000 limit per household.

Usually this should be enough for a system up to 6kW.

You can access a range of different products and a variety of brands. Basic systems have fixed prices, any additional products will need to be quoted.

Choices are limited to set packages at set prices.

Batteries are not included

Darebin will monitor installations through Operational Health and Safety (OHS) audits* and Quality Assurance (QA) Audits. Darebin will monitor installations through Operational Health and Safety (OHS) audits* and Quality Assurance (QA) Audits.

More info about the
Bulk Buy Program

Includes details on how to register

More info about the
Rates Program

Includes details on how to register

* Operational Health and Safety (OHS) Audits will be done randomly to some installations and not to every installation. Quality Assurance (QA) Audits however will be carried out for each household that has requested this option.

Servicing and maintenance

You can find out more about servicing and maintaining your solar system on Solar Victoria's website.