The Clean Energy Regulator has this week executed a search warrant on three Perth addresses connected to a company responsible for solar panel retail and installation. It follows an extended period of investigation by the Clean Energy Regulator.
The search warrants aimed to uncover evidence of fraudulent activity and of false information being provided to the Clean Energy Regulator resulting in the improper creation of Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs).
The Clean Energy Regulator is investigating whether the Perth-based company has fabricated information about who installed almost 550 solar panel installations. Approximately $1.7m in STCs have been created for these installations.
At the conclusion of the investigation, consideration will be given as to whether a brief of evidence will be referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. If criminal charges are laid, a person could face up to 10 years in jail for fraud related offences.
The Clean Energy Regulator is absolutely committed to the very highest standards of integrity and treats any breaches seriously.
Agents, installers, and retailers who fail to adequately ensure that STCs are eligible for creation or are party to the provision of false and misleading information, may face criminal, civil or administrative action.
Further information on obligations can be found on the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme webpage or by contacting the Clean Energy Regulator on 1300 553 542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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