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11 July 2018
RET

Power stations that generate electricity from an eligible renewable energy source can apply to participate in the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) by applying to become an accredited power station.

The Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 specify the requirements that a power station must meet for accreditation.

Once a power station has been accredited, large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) can be created for electricity generated from the power station’s renewable energy sources.

LGCs can be sold to entities with liabilities under the LRET (mainly electricity retailers) to meet their obligations, or to companies looking to voluntarily offset their energy use or emissions.

The key steps involved with participating in the LRET (for power stations) are obtaining power station accreditation, creating LGCs, and maintaining power station accreditation. The graphic below provides links to further information on these steps.

Power stations can apply for accreditation until 2030 when the LRET is legislated to end.

A list of accredited power stations is available on the Register of accredited power stations.

Participating in the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target

Accreditation

Learn more about the application requirements and eligibility criteria for accreditation under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target.

For further information on how to participate in the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target, refer to the 6 steps to power station accreditation.

Create LGCs

Once your power station has been accredited you can create LGCs for electricity generated from eligible renewable energy sources.

  • One LGC can be created for one MWh of eligible electricity generated by the power station.
  • LGCs can be created on a monthly basis throughout the year or created annually.

Refer to large-scale generation certificates for more information.

Maintain accreditation
Variations and Electricity generation returns

To maintain accreditation you are required to:

  • Advise the Clean Energy Regulator of any changes to your power station’s components and apply to vary your power station’s accreditation.
  • Advise the agency if the owner, operator or nominated person for your power station changes, and apply to vary the nominated person if required.
  • Submit an annual electricity generation return,
    • including information showing that you maintain compliance with your permit conditions.

See compliance and reporting for further information.

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