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Registered persons and agents

 

Individuals or companies that wish to use the Renewable Energy Certificate Registry (REC Registry) must create an account. This enables them to own and trade (transfer) registered certificates or make mandatory or voluntary certificate surrender offers. If the individual or company wishes to sell small-scale technology certificates through the Small-scale Technology Certificate Clearing House (STC Clearing House), a facility available in the REC Registry, they must register with the STC Clearing House and provide proof of identity.

An individual or company that wishes to create certificates must also apply to become a ‘registered person’, as defined under the Act, and pay a $20 application fee.

A registered person may:

  • seek accreditation of a renewable energy power station and, if the application is successful, thereby become the ‘nominated person’ for that power station
  • create large-scale generation certificates for an accredited renewable energy power station, as the nominated person for that power station
  • apply for registration as an ‘agent’—an individual or company to whom the owner of an eligible small-scale system (solar water heater or small generation unit) has assigned the right to create certificates for that system
  • create small-scale technology certificates for an eligible small-scale system, as the owner or agent for that system.

During 2013, the Clean Energy Regulator:

  • approved 225 registered person applications, bringing the total number of registered persons to 7,283 as at 31 December 2013
  • registered 89 agents, bringing the total number of registered agents to 1,435 as at 31 December 2013.

The registrations covered a range of individuals and companies seeking to create certificates for renewable energy power stations or small-scale systems.

Agents include retailers, installers and traders. Agents take responsibility for small-scale technology certificates and provide small-scale system owners with a financial benefit, such as a discount on the price of the installation. Small-scale system owners assign their certificates to the agent by signing an assignment form after the system has been installed and demonstrated to be working.

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