If you’re a household in Victoria that would love to get solar and batteries but you’re deterred by the upfront cost, we’re launching the perfect option for you as part of our upcoming Victorian Community Solar Programs in partnership with GTL Renewable. Our new ‘lease to own’ solar plan ticks all the boxes:
- Pay nothing upfront
- Save money instantly
- Own your system outright at the end of your plan for $1
This first-of-its-kind scheme launched successfully in SA earlier this year, but it is finally available in Victoria thanks to the Victorian Government's new solar and battery rebates. It's a perfect option for homeowners that would love to reap the benefits of solar, but have other priorities for their savings – such as a holiday, a new car or paying down your mortgage!
Take a look at your most recent energy bill – imagine paying less each month and knowing that you’re mostly energy self-sufficient, a payment towards owning a brand new solar and battery system, as well as all maintenance, upkeep and insurance on it.
Here's how it works:
- A solar panel and battery system is installed at your house for $0 upfront.
- Solar energy powers your home day and night.
- You pay a fixed price each month, similar to a mobile phone plan.
- All maintenance and upkeep is included at no extra charge. We even provide a money back guarantee so that you are refunded for any days that the system isn’t working.
- At the end of your plan (standard length is 10 years), you own your solar system outright for just $1. At this point, your energy bills will once again drop dramatically!
How is our ‘lease to own' plan different to taking out a loan for a solar system?
- The application process is simpler and the approval rate is typically higher. All you need is an electricity bill paid up to date, Government issued ID and a rates notice. With a loan, you typically will need to disclose your income and financials which can prevent people without working income or those that are self-employed from getting approved.
- 100% warranty and money back guarantee. The scheme includes all maintenance, upkeep and insurance. You will only pay for your system whilst it is actively producing results for you. If the system is not working as it should, you are refunded for each day until it’s fixed.
- No nasty surprises, just a low, fixed monthly payment for easy budgeting. You can rest easy without having to worry about rising interest rates or energy price increases because the lease payments never change over the 10 year period. As energy bills continue to go up, you’ll see more and more savings every year.
Want to see how much you can benefit? Click here to book a phone call to get a quote for your home. Our first release is limited to 250 homes as part of our Victorian Community Solar Programs, so make sure you express your interest now.
If you have any questions, get in touch with our sales team. Or, read through the full list of Frequently Asked Questions below!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will be taking care of installations?
We partner with local solar companies whose installers have battery certification and training. Once installation is completed, ShineHub does a quality review check to ensure everything was done properly - including a review of the solar, battery, and home energy monitoring that comes free with every ShineHub system.
Do the solar systems come with a full warranty and guarantee?
Yes. Installation, maintenance, repairs, and cleaning is taken care of for you so that you don't have any surprise costs down the track. This includes replacement of the panels, inverter, or batteries if they stop working at any point. It gives you peace of mind, and you can rest easy knowing we are taking care of you.
Can I expand my system or upgrade it down the track?
Our ‘lease to own' plan makes it easy to expand or upgrade your solar system down the track, for example if you add extra panels or batteries. Simply let us know what you want to do, and we'll roll it into your monthly payment without having to go through another application.
What does the ‘lease to own' plan cover?
Everything to make your system work properly! We're responsible for maintenance, monitoring, service and equipment replacement for the whole system throughout the ‘lease to own' plan agreement. You can think of this like a full system warranty and insurance - if the panels or batteries stop delivering power to your home, we will fix it at our cost, and your lease payments will be refunded for the days the system wasn't working properly. This policy is there to give you peace of mind so that you can be 100% confident in your switch to solar and battery power for your home.
Do I have to pay if the system stops working?
As part of the money back guarantee, you get refunded for every day your system is not working until it gets fixed. The installation comes with 24/7 monitoring so as soon as an issue occurs, we will be informed and we'll fix it for you at no cost. You can also log into that online dashboard yourself to have a look at how things are going at any time for full transparency.
What products do you use?
We only use top tier products because, at the end of the day, we are responsible to fix anything that breaks, and pay for any replacement parts. One of the benefits of the ‘lease to own' plan is that you don't have to worry about any replacement costs during the life of the term. And when you own the system at the end, you get to have top shelf equipment!
We are proud to offer the Australian assembled Alpha ESS battery system as well. We were the largest installer of Alpha ESS systems in Australia last year and are seeing great results with these systems all across the country. That said, you can get the lease-to-own plan with the majority of panel and battery products on our website.
How long does ‘lease to own' plan last?
The standard agreement is for 10 years and comes with a full system warranty, all replacement costs covered, and insurance on the entire installation.
Can I purchase the system before the end of the term?
Absolutely! If you want to purchase the system early you can do so without penalty, and at a fair price. The price is simply the value of the system when it was installed minus 10% for each year that it's been on your roof. This is all outlined in the quote you receive before signing on.
What happens if I move?
If you move, you can either transfer the agreement to the new homeowner or buyout the system and include it in the price of your house. It's similar to other home improvements like adding a pool or air con - you get the benefit while you live there, and it adds value to your home if you're looking to sell.
What do I need in order to apply?
The application is extremely easy - you just need a copy of your electricity bill, government issued Photo ID, and rates notice. As long as your electricity bill is paid up to date and you own your house you have a very good chance of being approved.
We're building a better future for Australia
Together, we're going to flip the script in Australia - from the world's highest power prices to a people-powered solar revolution that saves money, creates local jobs, and protects the future of the planet.
The goal of this product is to make solar and batteries accessible to everyone by removing the upfront cost and putting all the responsibility of the system performance on us.
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