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The Act operates on a calendar year (1 January–31 December). The process for participating in the LRET and SRES is:
STCs and LGCs created by registered persons are checked and either validated or failed by the Clean Energy Regulator.
For STCs and LGCs to be registered they must be validated and the applicable registered person must pay an 8 cent registration fee per LGC for renewable energy power stations and an 8 cent fee per STC for solar water heaters and heat pumps. If the STCs are created for a small-scale solar panel, wind or hydro system on or after 17 October 2011, a 47 cent fee must be paid per STC.
Registered certificates can be:
Certificates accepted for surrender are permanently removed from the market.
Participants are required to report their annual activities such as electricity generation, solar water heater, heat pump, small-scale solar panel, wind or hydro system certificate information, and relevant acquisitions of electricity for each calendar year by 14 February of the following year by lodging annual returns or statements.
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