Thousands of solar panels, batteries and hot water systems will be installed across the state thanks to the new Solar Homes program.

The $1.3 billion investment in solar energy will help 770,000 households invest in the scheme, creating more than 5000 jobs.

Some 42,000 rooftop solar systems will be installed this year, with rebates released every month to ensure the program is allocated fairly.

For the first time, 1000 rebates will be available for solar storage batteries, with 6000 rebates for solar hot water systems to remain.

Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio said the program is the start of Victoria’s solar revolution.

“With more rebates and now optional no-interest loans on the table, we’re further reducing the up-front costs to make solar more accessible to Victorians from across the state,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

Anyone wishing to participate in the Solar Homes program must get at least one quote from an approved solar retailer before confirming their eligibility for the program through an online portal.

A discount of up to $2225 and a no-interest loan for solar panels will be offered at the point of sale, matching the rebate amount.