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Eligible systems

22 November 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 typeSystem capacityElectricity 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.

Battery storage systems

The SRES creates a financial incentive for individuals and small businesses to install small generation units, solar water heaters and air source heat pumps.

The SRES does not include incentives for battery storage, and eligibility requirements for creating small-scale technology certificates (STCs) do not extend to any battery components not included within an inverter.

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