Small-scale renewable energy system owners and registered agents have the option to sell small-scale certificates (STCs) through the open market for an uncapped price, or through the STC clearing house at a fixed price of $40 (ex GST).
The STC clearing house is operated by the Clean Energy Regulator and can be accessed through the
It is important to note that small-scale technology certificates are sold in the STC clearing house only when there is a buyer, which means there is no guarantee on how long the small-scale technology certificates will take to sell. If you require rapid payment for your small-scale technology certificates please contact a
registered agent who can organise their creation and sale on your behalf.
The STC clearing house is accessed via the
To create a new REC Registry account or upgrade an existing REC Registry account to be able to buy or sell or buy small-scale technology certificates through the STC clearing house, visit the
create account page.
Renewable Energy Target liable entities and other buyers who have a
valid REC Registry account may buy small-scale technology certificates (STCs) from the STC clearing house.
If there are no small-scale technology certificates available for sale in the STC clearing house the Clean Energy Regulator will create 'Clean Energy Regulator created small-scale technology certificates' for buyers to purchase. These small-scale technology certificates can be traded and surrendered exactly like ordinary STCs.
Renewable Energy Target liable entities should place buy orders in the STC clearing house five business days prior to their quarterly surrender deadlines to avoid
STC shortfalls and potential transaction delays.
Once the buy order has been placed in the STC clearing house, it will be assessed by the Clean Energy Regulator, and if approved, an invoice is provided to the buyer on the same day. When an invoice is paid on the same day the payment is usually visible in the nominated bank account within three business days.
Once payments are cleared, the Clean Energy Regulator can settle the trade and the small-scale technology certificates will be transferred into the buyers REC Registry account. These certificates will have the status of 'registered'.
Learn more about buying small-scale technology certificates through the STC clearing house.
Householders and registered agents have the option to sell STCs through the STC clearing house for a fixed price of $40 (excl GST). Before small-scale technology certificates can be sold through the STC clearing house they must be
validated and registered.
If there are more sellers than buyers, your small-scale technology certificates will join the STC clearing house transfer list, which works on a first-in-first-served basis. This means that the latest offers are added to the bottom of the list. The status of the STC clearing house transfer list is publicly available and updated on an hourly basis.
If there are more buyers than sellers, your sale offer should process immediately, unless it requires manual approval from the Clean Energy Regulator. When your small-scale technology certificates are purchased, you will receive notification of your transaction by an emailed invoice. Payment should be forwarded to the bank account you nominated within three business days of your sale.
Learn more about
selling small-scale technology certificates through the STC clearing house.
A seller may remove their sale offer from the STC clearing house transfer list at any time. This may occur in the event that the seller has decided to sell their small-scale technology certificates to a buyer (such as an agent) outside of the STC clearing house, at a negotiated price.
A seller may only withdraw small-scale technology certificates for sale from the STC clearing house if an offer to buy the small-scale technology certificates has not been received.
To withdraw all or part of a certificate sell offer, a seller with appropriate permissions must use the 'Withdraw STCs' function from the STC clearing house page in their REC Registry account.
To withdraw certificates that you have offered for sale:
Sellers may transfer their small-scale technology certificates for a privately negotiated price to a new owner, even if the certificates are listed on the STC clearing house transfer list. Certificates negotiated outside the STC clearing house maintain their position on the STC clearing house transfer list— owned by the buyer.
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