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System owners claiming small-scale technology certificates

24 August 2020

Under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, eligible small-scale renewable energy systems are entitled to a number of small-scale technology certificates (STCs).

Assign the right to create STCs to a registered agent

The majority of system owners choose to assign the right to STCs 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. Registered agents who claim STCs have different document requirements for small-scale system installations to system owners claiming STCs.

System owners claiming STCs

If you are a system owner claiming STCs yourself, the following documents are required:

Document requirements for small generation units

  • The Documentasset: onsite verification form, signed by the owner, dated on or after the installation date.
  • The Documentasset: compulsory written statements, signed by the installer, dated on or after the installation date.
  • A certificate of electrical safety or certificate of compliance, provided to you by your installer.
  • An invoice for your system, provided to you by your installer.
  • If requested, information demonstrating that the serial numbers entered into the REC Registry are the serial numbers of solar panels installed at the address, such as a clear photo of the barcode label or sticker, obtained from the solar panel label. It is recommended that these photos are taken at the time of installation as the Clean Energy Regulator does not encourage homeowners to climb on roofs to take photographs of serial numbers. Any inspection of panels on roofs should only ever be completed by a Clean Energy Council accredited installer or licensed electrician.

Please note that you are able to upload documents into the REC Registry at the time of submitting your application using the document upload functionality. This will reduce your need to contact us throughout the STC claim process and potentially expedite the assessment process. Please note your application may be failed if you are unable to provide additional information to support your claim for STCs.

Document requirements for solar water heaters or air source heat pumps

  • A certificate of compliance or equivalent, provided to you by your installer, and
  • An invoice for your system provided to you by your installer or a date stamped photograph of the tank.

All STCs must be created within 12 months after your system is installed.

Submitting your documents

All paperwork must be completed and signed before creating small-scale technology certificates. The Clean Energy Regulator may request this paperwork at any time during the small-scale technology certificate validation process.

All supporting documentation including statutory declarations must be provided to the Clean Energy Regulator during the registration of STCs via REC Registry. There is a document upload section within the online form when creating small-scale technology certificates.

The documents outlined on this page are designed to assist you to ensure you have collected all the necessary information to create small-scale technology certificates under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001.

Failure to complete the documentation on this page may result in:

  • small-scale technology certificates being failed and unable to be traded or sold in the market
  • a warning issued and further education in response to first or minor offences
  • suspension from participating in the scheme for ongoing or serious offences, and
  • civil or criminal prosecution, if required.

If you need more information regarding the documentation you need to provide, or are unable to provide part of this documentation, please contact us.

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