After choosing and installing an eligible small-scale renewable energy system, you may be entitled to receive a quantity of small-scale technology certificates which can be created and sold to recoup some of the cost of your system.
The number of small-scale technology certificates that can be created per system depends on its geographical location, installation date, and the amount of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) the system generates or displaces over the course of its lifetime.
You can estimate how many certificates your system may be eligible for using the solar panel, wind and hydro calculator or the solar water heater calculator.
All small-scale technology certificates must be created within 12 months of a systems' installation date.
The Clean Energy Regulator has information available to guide you through the process of creating and selling small-scale technology certificates and using the STC clearing house.
Small-scale technology certificates are tradable certificates which you can create and trade yourself though the majority of system owners choose to assign the right to create small-scale technology certificates to a registered agent.
When you assign the right to create your certificates to a registered agent you may receive a discount off the cost of your system or a cash payment.
The process of assigning the right to create your certificates to a registered agent if often a simpler and quicker process than creating and trading the certificates yourself. See more information about assigning the right to create certificates.
The Clean Energy Regulator does not endorse individual agents, but has a list of registered agents who have elected to publish their contact details. This list does not represent all agents that participate in the scheme, but it is a good place to start finding someone who will purchase your certificates.
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