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Phase 2 changes to the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme

29 September 2023
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From 1 July 2022, the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) commenced work on the second phase of changes to the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES). These changes affect the accreditation of installers and designers and the publishing of the approved solar panel and inverter product list.

Installer and designer accreditation scheme operator application round update

On 15 March 2023, applications closed for installer and designer accreditation scheme operators. The CER is currently assessing applications and requesting further information. We expect to notify applicants of the assessment outcome and publish the decision to our website during February 2024.

Until a decision is made to select one or more operators, the Clean Energy Council (CEC) will continue the current installer and designer accreditation scheme under the SRES.

Results of solar panel and inverter product listing consultation

Between 7 November to 6 December 2022, the CER consulted with industry and other stakeholders on whether to nominate an organisation to publish solar panel and inverter product lists eligible under the SRES.

The CER received 175 email submissions during the public consultation process. We have summarised the results on our consultation hub.

The majority of submissions supported the CER using its powers to nominate a body to publish approved solar panels and inverters in accordance with the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001.

In accordance with Regulation 20AE, we released further information about the nomination process and opened a 3-month application round in June 2023. Please ensure you subscribe to CER email updates to receive information about the application process.

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) will continue to publish approved solar panel and inverter product lists while these processes are undertaken.

Solar panel and inverter product listing body application round

Applications closed for the solar panel and inverter product listing body under the SRES on 29 September 2023 at 5 pm (AEST). The CER is currently assessing applications in accordance with the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001. We expect to make an announcement on the proposed nomination during December 2023 on our website.

Until a decision is made to nominate a body, the Clean Energy Council will continue to publish approved solar panel and inverter product lists.


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