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Applying for accreditation

16 September 2019

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 eligibility criteria.

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.

REC Registry

Applications for power station accreditation are managed through an online system: the Renewable Energy Certificate Registry (REC Registry).

Step one—applying to become a registered person

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.

Step two—upgrade account and permissions

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.

Step three—submit your application form

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.

  • There are opportunities to supply additional information as it becomes available during the commissioning of your power station.
  • If you are applying for multiple power stations, a separate application is required for each power station.
  • Find out more on how to submit your application form.

Step four—application check conducted by the Clean Energy Regulator

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.

Step five—pay the accreditation fee

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.

Step six—accreditation decision

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.

Further information

For further information, or general help, please contact the Clean Energy Regulator general enquiries line on 1300 553 542 or email The Large-scale Renewables Section staff are available to provide technical help and can be contacted through the contact centre.

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