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25 May 2018

The Renewable Energy Certificate Registry (REC Registry) is an online system allowing Renewable Energy Target participants to create, transfer and surrender renewable energy certificates.

Through the REC Registry, users can:

  • create large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) for power stations
  • create small-scale technology certificates (STCs) for small generation units (small-scale solar panel, wind and hydro systems) and solar water heaters
  • surrender certificates to the Clean Energy Regulator to meet annual obligations
  • view the accreditation of eligible renewable energy power stations in Australia
  • transfer certificate ownership between parties, and
  • find information about the certificate market.

REC Registry changes

The Clean Energy Regulator is making changes to the REC Registry to improve the user experience for nominated persons operating in the Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET).

The changes will focus on improvements to the LGC claims process and to applications for accreditation.

Improvements to LGC claims will be:

  • the ability for nominated persons to enter monthly power station generation data and upload supporting documentation with their LGC claim
  • an LGC transaction status that will enable nominated persons to keep track of the assessment of their LGC claim, and
  • validation of electricity generation data by the Clean Energy Regulator through comparison with the Australian Energy Market Operator database using National Metering Identifiers (NMIs).

Improvements to applications for accreditation will be:

  • inclusion of questions related to battery storage where applicable
  • improvements to help identify electricity meters used in the power station
  • address validation, and enhanced geospatial search functionality, to assist in identifying the correct address and geocoordinates of a power station
  • Australian Business Number (ABN) validation to ensure that the correct details of the owner and operator of a power station are recorded in the application, and
  • a document upload functionality to enable all material in support of an accreditation application to be submitted within the REC Registry.

The agency will be providing ongoing updates as well as guidance materials and education around the use of these new functions.

The REC Registry also provides access to public registers including the:

The agency records all transactions performed through the REC Registry and uses this information to manage, audit and report on certificates and the operation of the LRET and the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.

The REC Registry is a requirement of the Renewable Energy Target, as prescribed by the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000.

For more information please visit the REC Registry.

REC Registry accounts

You will need a REC Registry account if you intend to:

  • create STCs for a solar water heater, small-scale solar panel, wind or hydro installation that you own
  • create STCs for installations on behalf of others
  • apply to accredit a renewable energy power station
  • create LGCs for an accredited power station
  • purchase, transfer or surrender of STCs or LGCs, or
  • use the STC Clearing House.

For more information about how to create an account in the REC Registry, visit the create account page.

Notes: people who choose to use a registered agent to conduct any of the above transactions on their behalf do not need to register for a REC Registry account. Registration to create, buy, sell, or surrender certificates may incur a fee, depending on the user requirements. For information on fees and thresholds, please visit the Fees page.

Maintenance of the REC Registry

Apart from scheduled maintenance or unforeseen outages, the REC Registry is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For assistance or questions regarding the REC Registry, please call the Clean Energy Regulator Contact Centre on 1300 553 542. The Contact Centre operates between 9:00am and 5:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Monday to Friday.

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