The guidance and scenarios help participants clarify scheme eligibility for large and complex solar photovoltaic (PV) systems such as multiple adjoining or electrically connected devices. Please refer to the
Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Small-scale Solar Eligibility and Other Measures) Regulations 2019 or
explanatory statement for full details.
Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (the Regulations) clarifies how the boundary of a device should be determined where multiple solar PV systems are installed. In particular, connected systems under subregulation 3(2) which in aggregate exceed 100kW are not ‘small generation units’ defined in
Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (the Act).
This guidance and scenarios are not intended for typical scheme participants in the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme and Large-scale Renewable Energy Target.
The National Meter Indicator (NMI) is equivalent to the grid connection point and a commercial sub-meter is equivalent to a commercial meter that is subsidiary to the connection point. A commercial meter is used to record the consumption of electricity for the purposes of a financial transaction between unrelated parties in relation to the consumption of electricity as defined in subregulation 3(1) of the Regulations.
When a system is off-grid and does not interact with an external transmission or distribution network, the boundary of the device will be determined based on the system’s entirety, including all and any interconnected components.
Where the total capacity of a device exceeds 100kW, the device may be
accredited as a power station under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target.
The default position of the Clean Energy Regulator will be subject to the Act and supporting Regulations when assessing applications for solar PV systems as
Small Generation Units and power stations.
If an applicant is aware of any technical or contractual arrangements that result in a proposed system not fulfilling the requirements, then the applicant must provide full details of the proposed system to the Clean Energy Regulator, outlining why the system does not fit the requirements and why it is eligible for the scheme the applicant wants to register for.
Participants who have previously received advice from the Clean Energy Regulator which is contrary to the requirements set out in subregultion 3(2) of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 are encouraged to
contact the Clean Energy Regulator prior to system installation to clarify scheme eligibility.
This information is for general use only and does not represent a statement of the policy of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Commonwealth of Australia and all persons acting for the Commonwealth preparing this information accept no liability for the accuracy of, or inferences from, the information, or for any action as a result of any person’s or group’s interpretations, deductions, conclusions, or actions in relying on this information.
This information provides examples of how the Boundaries of a solar photovoltaic (PV) device can be determined. This information should be read in conjunction with the Act and supporting regulations. Changes to the legislation may affect this information.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice. Entities are responsible for determining their obligations under the law and for applying the law to their individual circumstances. Entities should seek independent professional advice if they have any concerns.
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