You must be of legal drinking age

Your solar energy can now earn you beer with VB’s Solar Exchange.

You’ve earned it lifting, you’ve earned it shifting, well now you can earn it exchanging. Yep, for the first time ever the solar energy that your panels are soaking up at home can be exchanged for VB. Which means it’s goodbye to selling your excess energy to the grid and g’day to exchanging it with us for VB. And, if the thought of a cold one has not got you licking your lips, our exchange rate will. For every $30 of solar energy you give us, we’ll give you a slab of VB. It’s a result all round.

So, if you want to start turning your solar into slabs, simply sign up below and switch to our partner Diamond Energy. They will then be in touch by email to confirm if you’ve been accepted to the program.

Eligibility requirements and conditions apply. Check below or click "Sign Up" for details.

How It Works

How To Sign Up

Step 1

Check the eligibility requirements and conditions.

Step 2

Register your interest in the Solar Exchange with us.

Step 3

Our partner, Diamond Energy, will be in touch by email to confirm you’ve been accepted to the program.

Step 4

Once set up, Power Ledger’s software will begin receiving your excess solar energy data and you can begin tracking your beer exchanges.

Eligibility Requirements

Exchange your excess solar with CUB at no extra cost.  You must be 18 or over to join.

You must switch to Diamond Energy as your energy retailer.  You can add on VB Solar Exchange, see Diamond Energy’s rates and charges for your region here.

Every $1.25 earns a VB, 24 VBs gets a slab to your door. A maximum of 30 slabs will be delivered per annum and CUB sends you a debit card for any feed-in credits not exchanged for VB.

Be connected to the grid, a residential customer, with 6kW’s of solar or less, in NSW, VIC, SA or QLD (Energex only), with a retailer only feed-in tariff.

Limited to four quarters, ending 31st March 2022.

Have a bi-directional interval meter.

When you sign up for VB Solar Exchange, you consent to CUB (VB), Diamond Energy, and Power Ledger sharing your data to deliver the Solar Exchange program.  The Data shared is your name, your Supply Address, your contact details and the details of your solar energy accumulation and VB beers exchanged.  The Data will also be used to enable your participation in the program, for analysis, and CUB may send marketing messages to you.  Each company will store and use your Data in accordance with its Privacy Policy – see CUB’s Policy here.  You may opt out of receiving marketing messages from CUB at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why has VB launched the solar exchange program?

Last year, VB announced that it was going to be brewed entirely by the Australian sun.

VB has achieved its goal of being powered entirely by offset solar energy and continues to demonstrate its commitment to the environment by creating innovative programs with sustainability at their heart, such as Solar Exchange.

While VB is continuing its sustainability goals, this program is all about thanking hard working Australians for their own sustainability efforts.

Q. Why should I sign up for the VB Solar Exchange?

Every $30 of solar energy you trade with VB will equate to one case containing 24 x 375ml bottles or cans. At a current feed-in rate of 10.2c/kWh, this will provide a great alternative to trading for cash. Please note that feed-in rates are not fixed and may decrease or increase during the VB Solar Exchange program.

Q. How do I know if I’m eligible to participate in the solar exchange program?

All eligibility requirements for participation in VB’s Solar Exchange program are available to view at www.vbsolarexchange.com.au. These will be assessed at the time of your application to join.

To be eligible you must:

      Be aged 18 years or over
      Be located in Vic, NSW, SA or QLD (Energex, only) and connected to the grid
      Switch to Diamond Energy
      Be a residential property with a maximum of a 6kW DC solar system (i.e. no businesses)
      Not be receiving government or distributor funded feed-in tariff
      Meet the further eligibility requirements at www.vbsolarexchange.com.au

If you fail to meet all of the eligibility requirements, you may lose your participation in the VB Solar Exchange program. To be able to view your daily excess solar exchange to beer, you must have a smart meter installed. If you would like to upgrade to a smart meter please see www.diamondenergy.com.au/your-meter

Q. Will I have to change energy provider to participate in VB’s solar exchange program?

Yes. If you are not already one of Diamond Energy’s happy customers – you will need to sign up for Diamond Energy’s electricity offer in your region and elect to participate in the VB Solar Exchange, at which time your eligibility to participate will be assessed.

Q. How often will I be billed & delivered beer?

You’ll be billed on a quarterly cycle, and all VB deliveries will be made once that quarter is complete and you have paid your Diamond Energy bill. If you pay after the due date, your delivery may be held over to the next quarter. The quarters are for the periods ending 30 June 2021, 30 September 2021, 31 December 2021 and 31 March 2022.

CUB will deliver a maximum of 30 slabs of VB in total to you during your participation in the VB Solar Exchange. Any Feed-In Credits not exchanged for beer will be paid to you by CUB in a prepaid debit card at the end of each quarter after the beer slabs maximum is reached.

Q. How does the delivery work?

Your hard earned VB will be delivered quarterly, in-line with your billing schedule and after you have paid your bill. All deliveries will be made by a third-party delivery service, Fulfilio and delivered to the address connected to the solar panel. If you pay after the due date, the beer you’ve exchanged may be delivered in the next quarter.

Don’t worry about delivery costs, they’re on us!

To collect your delivery you must show ID and be 18+. If you’re not home to collect your delivery it will be deposited at your nearest post office for collection.

CUB will deliver a maximum of 30 slabs of VB in total to you during your participation in the VB Solar Exchange. Any Feed-In Credits not exchanged for beer will be paid to you by CUB in a prepaid debit card at the end of each quarter after the beer slabs maximum is reached.

Q. Will anyone have to do any work to my property if I sign-up?

Not if you are already eligible for the program. However, to be eligible to participate, you are required to fulfil several requirements including having an existing solar system on your residential property in addition to a smart meter installed on your premises. Further information about eligibility requirements can be found at www.vbsolarexchange.com.au

The only time work will be required at your property is if you choose to have a rooftop solar system installed in order to be eligible for the program or a smart meter installed to enable viewing the data.

Q. How long will the sign-up process take?

The sign-up process is facilitated via a simple online form that should take around 10 minutes. Having a copy of your existing electricity bill ready will make the process easy.

Following the sign-up process being completed, customer eligibility is assessed on a case by case basis which can take up to 10 days before you will be contacted.

Q. Where can I access customer service?

For queries regarding your electricity visit https://diamondenergy.com.au or call 1300 838 009.

For queries regarding the solar exchange and supply of beer visit vbsolarexchange.com.au, call 1800 007 282 or complete the contact form found here.

Q. How does this fit into CUB’s wider sustainability goals?

The launch of the program follows Asahi Beverages’ acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries last year. The program is part of Asahi’s ambitious sustainability agenda, which includes a goal to be powered entirely by 100% renewable electricity by 2025.