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Small-scale systems eligible for certificates

28 October 2015

Under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, eligible small-scale renewable energy systems may be entitled to small-scale technology certificates, which can be sold to recoup a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing the system.

Small-scale renewable energy systems are categorised into small generation units and hot water systems.

Eligible small generation units

To be eligible for small-scale technology certificates, small generation units (including solar photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and hydro systems) must:

  • be installed no more than 12 months prior to the creation of certificates, and have its panels and inverter, listed on the Clean Energy Council list of approved components
  • meet Australian and New Zealand standards
  • use a Clean Energy Council accredited designer and installer and meet the Clean Energy Council design and install guidelines
  • comply with all local, state, territory and federal requirements, including electrical safety, and
  • be classified as small-scale, and a:
    • solar panel system that has a capacity of no more than 100kW, and a total annual electricity output less than 250MWh
    • wind system that has a capacity of no more than 10kW, and a total annual electricity output of less than 25MWh, or
    • hydro system that has a capacity of no more than 6.4kW, and a total annual electricity output of less than 25MWh.
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.

Eligible solar water heaters systems

To be eligible for small-scale technology certificates, solar water heaters including air source heat pumps must:

  • be listed on the register of solar water heaters
  • be installed no more than 12 months prior to the creation of certificates, and
  • be classified as small-scale, and a:
    • solar water heater with a capacity up to, and including 700 L (solar water heater models over 700 L capacity require additional documentation to be eligible for certificates), or
    • air source heat pump with a capacity of no more than 425 L.

Make sure you retain all documents which relate to the installation for a period of five years, which may be requested by the Clean Energy Regulator.

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