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Public consultation open for changes to solar postcode zones

18 June 2019

The Clean Energy Regulator is proposing updates to postcode zones for small-scale technologies under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. The changes will affect the number of small-scale technology certificates (STCs) for eligible systems in certain postcodes. If agreed, the changes will come into effect from 1 October 2019.

Why we are proposing the changes

Postcodes are used, in part, to determine the number of STCs created for eligible systems based on climate and solar radiation zones. Each valid postcode in Australia is assigned to one of these zones depending on the technology type.

Postcodes may change due to building developments, changes in electoral boundaries or changes in population density. Proposed changes are being made to postcode zones to align with the revised postcode boundaries.

What the proposed changes mean

The proposed changes to postcode zones will affect the number of STCs for eligible solar photovoltaic (PV), air source heat pump and solar water heater systems.

The majority of postcodes will not be affected. Most postcodes with proposed changes will be eligible for more STCs, a few postcodes will receive fewer STCs. Some postcodes for air source heat pumps and solar water heaters are proposed to be removed as the postcodes are no longer valid.

The proposed changes

Proposed changes to solar PV postcodes

Proposed changes to air source heat pumps and solar water heater postcodes

We have provided Maps showing changes to the postcodes zones for solar PV, air source heat pumps and solar water heaters (PDF 676 KB) and a summary of postcodes affected by the changes (XLSX 20.8 KB).

Participate in consultation

The Clean Energy Regulator welcomes feedback on the proposed changes, particularly on impacts to business, community, installers and individuals.

Please make your submission with a cover sheet by 5 pm AEST, Thursday 18 July 2019. Any submissions received after this date will be considered at the Clean Energy Regulator’s discretion.

Submissions can be emailed (preferred) to CER-RETandEnergySection@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au

Please use the coversheet for submissions (DOCX 101 KB).

If required, submissions can be posted to:

RET and Energy Section
Clean Energy Regulator
GPO Box 621
Canberra ACT 2601



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