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Claiming small-scale technology certificates

20 September 2017
RET

Small-scale technology certificates are tradable certificates which you can create and trade yourself, or assign the right to create to a registered agent in exchange for an upfront discount off the cost of your system or a cash payment.

The majority of system owners choose to assign the right to small-scale technology certificates to a registered agent, as receiving an upfront financial benefit is often a simpler process, and faster than creating and trading the certificates independently through the open market or STC clearing house.

All small-scale technology certificates must be created within 12 months after your system is installed.

Assigning the right to create small-scale technology certificates to a registered agent

Once your small-scale system has been completely installed, you may assign the​ right​ to create the small-scale technology certificates to a registered agent.

The upfront financial incentive you receive is generally based on the market price of the small-scale technology certificates at the time of installation—which fluctuates depending on supply and demand.

Assigning the right to create small-scale technology certificates to a registered agent is the preferred option by the majority of system owners, and is often a much simpler and faster process compared with trading the certificates yourself through the open market or STC clearing house. See Small-scale technology certificate assignment questions and answers for more information​ about assigning the right to create certificates.​​

Claiming small-scale technology certificates yourself

Although a majority of owners choose to assign the right to create their small-scale technology certificates to a registered agent, you also have the option to create and trade the certificates yourself. This process involves:

The Clean Energy Regulator cannot provide an estimate of how long it will take for small-scale technology certificates to sell in the STC clearing house—certificates will only sell when a buyer is available and owners should plan their system purchase with this in mind.

Calculating small-scale technology certificates for your system

The number of small-scale technology certificates a system may be eligible for varies depending on the type and size of the system, installation date and geographic location.

The Clean Energy Regulator has developed small-scale technology certificate calculators to provide you with an approximate amount of certificates a system may be eligible for. These calculators should be used as a guide only.

The price of small-scale technology certificates

The price of STCs is driven by supply and demand of the renewable energy certificate market and fluctuates daily. For more information see Buying and selling small-scale technology certificates.

By researching how many certificates a system may be eligible for, and their current market value, you will be better informed about the financial incentives available before you enter a contract to buy or install a small-scale renewable energy system.

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