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Small-scale technology certificates

20 September 2017

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

The number of small-scale technology certificates that can be created per system is based on its geographical location, installation date, and the amount of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) that is:

  • generated by the small-scale solar panel, wind or hydro system over the course of its lifetime of up to 14‚Äč years, or
  • displaced by the solar water heater or heat pump over the course of its lifetime of up to 10 years.

As a guide, one small-scale technology certificate is equal to one megawatt hour of eligible renewable electricity either generated or displaced by the system.

You can calculate the number of small-scale technology certificates a system may be eligible using the small generation unit calculator and solar water heater calculator.

The Renewable Energy Target is supported by an online registry system, called the REC Registry, which facilitates the creation, validation, auditing and transfer of small-scale technology certificates

Once created and validated, these certificates act as a form of currency and can be sold to recoup a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing the system, or transferred to other individuals and businesses at a negotiated price.

Learn more about creating, buying and selling and failed small-scale technology certificates.

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