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Eligibility criteria

31 October 2016
RET

A power station may be eligible for accreditation under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target if it meets all the eligibility requirements outlined in the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, including:

  • some, or all of the electricity generated by the power station is from an eligible energy source, and
  • it complies with all Commonwealth, state, territory and local government planning and approval laws.

Applicants must provide relevant documentation to demonstrate compliance at the time their application for accreditation is lodged with the Clean Energy Regulator.

Renewable electricity generated by power stations, whether they are off grid or connected to an electricity grid, may be eligible for the creation of large-scale generation certificates.

Eligible energy sources​

To participate under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target, power stations must generate electricity from eligible natural resources such as the sun, wind, ocean waves and the tide, geothermal-aquifers, wood waste, agricultural waste, bagasse (sugar cane waste), black liquor (a by-product of the paper-making process), or landfill gas.

A full list of eligible renewable energy sources is included in Section 17 of the legislation that underpins the Renewable Energy Target—the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000. Guidance on the eligibility of a number of energy sources is also included in the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 .

Renewable energy power stations that use fossil fuels to generate a portion of their electricity may still apply for accreditation under the scheme, but will only be eligible to create certificates for renewable energy generated from approved sources.

Learn more about the energy sources used by accredited power stations and receiving Australian carbon credit units for the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Eligible boundaries and components

As part of the application process, you are required to specify all the boundaries and components that the power station seeking accreditation is comprised of. The information you provide forms an important part of the criteria used by the Clean Energy Regulator to assess eligibility.

The Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 contains a schedule of approved boundaries and components which can be accepted by the Clean Energy Regulator. If a specific component is not listed in the Regulations you should contact the Clean Energy Regulator for advice.

Approved meters

Renewable energy power stations that operate in the national electricity market (NEM) must use NEM standard metering. If a power station is not in the NEM it must use approved metering that allows the Clean Energy Regulator to determine the amount of eligible electricity generated by the power station.

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