6 steps to power station accreditation
Step 1Applying to become a registered person
Step 2Upgrade your account
Step 3Submit your application form
Step 4*See footnote belowApplication check conducted by the Clean Energy Regulator
Step 5Pay the accreditation fee
Step 6Accreditation decision
*Please note: the Clean Energy Regulator may request further information at Step 4, requiring the applicant to resubmit a new version of their application.
The ‘6 steps to power station accreditation’ sets out the process for applying to become an accredited power station under the Renewable Energy Target.
Power stations that generate electricity from an eligible renewable energy source can be accredited to participate in the Renewable Energy Target if they meet the specified requirements and
Once a power station has been accredited, large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) can be created for electricity generated from a power station’s renewable energy sources. LGCs can only be created for generation that occurs on and after the accreditation start date. LGCs can then be sold to liable entities under the Renewable Energy Target.
Power stations can apply for accreditation until 2030 when the
Renewable Energy Target is legislated to end.
Applications for power station accreditation are managed through an online system: the
Renewable Energy Certificate Registry (REC Registry).
Only a ‘registered person’ can make an application for power station accreditation. Accordingly, you must first apply to be a registered person before making an application for accreditation.
It is important to identify the correct person to apply to become the registered person. If the power station is accredited, the registered person who applied on behalf of the power station will become the ‘nominated person’ for the power station. The nominated person has the right to create LGCs and will be responsible for meeting
Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (REE Act) obligations.
Applications for registration are made by applying for a ‘registered person account’ in the REC Registry.
Once your application for a registered person account has been approved by the Clean Energy Regulator, you will need to apply to upgrade your registered person account to a ‘power station account’ in the REC Registry. This upgrade is required for you to be able to access the application for power station accreditation.
It is recommended that you also grant other users from your organisation access to your account and update users’ permission levels for your account. It is important for you to also ensure that you disable your account users where necessary e.g. staff leaving your organisation or if there is a change in their role or responsibilities.
All applications for power station accreditation must be submitted to the agency through the REC Registry. We recommend submitting the application 10 to 12 weeks prior to the date of first generation of electricity by your power station, or when it meets the information and documentary requirements of a ‘properly made’ application under section 13 of the REE Act.
The Clean Energy Regulator will assess whether the application meets the requirements and criteria for determining power station eligibility.
Please note: the Clean Energy Regulator may request further information at step four. If there is significant information missing from the application, you may also be required to return to step three to resubmit your application.
Once the initial assessment of the application has been completed by the Clean Energy Regulator, you will be notified, and asked to pay an accreditation fee through the REC Registry. After the fee has been paid, you will be notified that the application has been assessed as 'properly made' in accordance with the requirements of section 13 of the REE Act.
Following assessment of your application, the Clean Energy Regulator will either approve or refuse your application under section 15 of the REE Act. You will be notified of the outcome by email and letter.
For further information, or general help, please contact the Clean Energy Regulator general enquiries line on 1300 553 542 or email
email@example.com. The Large-scale Renewables Section staff are available to provide technical help and can be contacted through the contact centre.
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