The Clean Energy Regulator has identified registered renewable energy certificate agents creating small-scale technology certificates (STCs) for solar panel systems that have not been installed.
The Clean Energy Regulator is currently investigating the conduct of Mr Adam Shaw in relation to the improper creation of STCs and the provision of false or misleading information related to STC claims. Mr Shaw is suspected of using the following names and/or aliases:
Mr Shaw is also suspected as having involvement in or using the services of:
to arrange or facilitate the improper creation of STCs.
In the course of our investigation, we have identified several agents who have created STCs in relation to solar panel systems that have not been installed. The agents have relied on information from Mr Shaw to create these STCs. The activity has already resulted in the suspension of two agents’ registration. Further suspensions may occur.
Consistent with our previous warning, agents that participate in the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme should be aware of warning signs that the information they have received about solar panel system installations is false. These warning signs include:
As a registered agent it is your ongoing responsibility to have rigorous processes, including identification checks to confirm that you are dealing with a legitimate solar business and with the right person. This will help to ensure STCs are only created for eligible solar panel systems. This involves careful and thorough verification of claims made by solar businesses.
Failure to conduct appropriate checks and keep suitable records can expose an agent, and its executive officers, to the suspensions of an agent’s REC registry account and registration, the commencement of civil proceedings and/or criminal prosecution.
Further information on expected capabilities and standards of practice we consider essential to participate in the scheme is available on registered agent responsibilities.
Registered agents who have had dealings with any persons currently under investigation or suspect other businesses have not been installing systems should contact the agency immediately at Referrals@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au
Any information provided will be treated as confidential.
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