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Eligible systems

18 January 2016
RET

Under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, eligible small-scale renewable energy systems are categorised into small generation units and solar water heater systems.

Small generation units generate electricity from renewable energy sources including:

  • solar photovoltaic (PV) panels
  • wind turbines, and
  • hydro systems.

A solar water heater system is a system which displaces electricity, and as a result reduces consumption of electricity from the main grid. There are two types of eligible solar water heater systems:

  • solar hot water systems, and
  • air source heat pumps.

Eligible small-scale system capacity

System type System capacity Electricity output
Solar panelsNo more than 100 kWTotal annual electricity output less than 250 MWh
Wind turbinesNo more than 10 kW Total annual electricity output less than 25 MWh
HydroNo more than 6.4 kW Total annual electricity output less than 25 MWh
Solar water heatersUp to 700 L. Solar water heater models over 700 L capacity require additional documentation to be eligible for certificatesN/A
Air source heat pumpsNo more than 425 LN/A

Before you purchase and install a system it is important that you do your research to find the system which best suits your needs, and make sure you, or your agent, check your system is eligible under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.

If the small-generation unit is larger than the capacity limits listed above, it will be classified as a power station and must be accredited as a power station under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target. If accreditation is successful, the unit may be eligible for large-scale generation certificates.

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