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Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme solar panel and inverter product listing body application round

14 September 2023


The Clean Energy Regulator recently updated the application form and guidance material to fix a minor formatting issue. Both versions of the application form will be accepted if submitted by 5 pm (AEST) 29 September 2023.

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is seeking applications for one solar panel and inverter product listing body under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES). The CER's application and nomination process is being conducted in accordance with the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (REE Regulations).

The nominated solar panel and inverter product listing body (PLB) will have an ongoing relationship with the CER in maintaining the integrity in the approval and listing of solar panels and inverters eligible for use in the SRES. The PLB must comply with all relevant regulatory requirements set out in the REE Regulations. Applicants should read the application form and guidance document carefully before they apply to be the nominated.

Watch our PLB application round webinar for more information on the application process.

Application round dates

The application round opened on 29 June 2023 and will run for 3 months.

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm (AEST) 29 September 2023.


The CER will accept application from the following types of legal entities:

  • Individual/sole trader
  • Partnership
  • Company
  • Body corporate
  • Sole director company
  • Consortium
  • Trustee
  • Company Limited.

If a consortium applies, this must be clearly indicated in the application form and the lead member of the consortium must sign the application.

Completing the application form

Applicants must complete the CER documentasset:CER-RET-048 - Application form to become the nominated solar photovoltaic (PV) and inverter product listing body. A documentasset:CER-RET-047 - Guidance for prospective product listing body has been developed to assist applicants to complete the form. To satisfy the requirements listed in Regulation 20AE(4) of the REE Regulations, applicants must provide information on each of the following:

  • applicant and contact officer details
  • the efficiency, integrity and effectiveness of your proposed processes, including testing and verification processes for including solar panels and inverters on an approved list
  • your capacity to publish lists of approved solar panels and inverters
  • the proposed fees to be charged to approve and list solar panels and inverters
  • any other matters specified in the form and guidance material.

Submitting the application form

Applicants must email their completed, scanned application form and any supporting documents to by 5 pm (AEST) on 29 September 2023.

The signed application form must be saved as a single scanned file and not split into parts.

Supporting documents can be supplied in the following file formats:

  • Microsoft Word (.docx)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)
  • PDF (.pdf)

Responses must be completely self-contained. No embedded files can be included, and no hyperlinked or other material should be incorporated.

If the email and its attachments (the application and supporting documents) are larger than 10MB, they must send using multiple emails that are clearly marked by including an identifier in the subject line (for example, '1 of 3', '2 of 3', '3 of 3'). Files may be zipped to reduce their size.

It is recommended that a 'Delivery receipt' and 'Read receipt' is added to the email when sent.

Assessment of applications

Pre-assessment check
Evaluation committee
Delegate proposed nomination
28 day affected person submissions
Final nomination
Applicants notified

Pre-assessment check

The CER will complete a pre-assessment check on applications received by the closing date. If an application is incomplete, the CER may request more information.

The CER will assess applications against the 4 requirements set out in 20AE(4) of the REE Regulations.

Evaluation committee

The evaluation committee will assess applications in accordance with the REE Regulations and develop an evaluation report recommending a solar panel and inverter product listing body be nominated.

Delegate proposed nomination

The CER delegate will review the evaluation report and approve the proposed solar panel and inverter product listing body nomination which will be published on the CER website.

28 day affected person submissions

Affected persons will have 28 days to make written submissions regarding the proposed product listing body nomination. After considering any submissions, the CER will decide whether to nominate the proposed nominee and publish the decision on its website.

Affected persons are those impacted by the nomination such as product manufacturers or importers, state and territory regulators, accredited persons or network providers.

Final nomination

After a solar panel and inverter product listing body is nominated, the CER will communicate with industry stakeholders, including solar panel and inverter manufacturers and importers, regarding transition arrangements.

The nominated product listing body will have an ongoing working relationship with the CER. The CER will monitor the performance of the PLB in accordance with the REE Regulations.

Applicants notified

All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application.

A decision on whether to nominate an applicant is not a reviewable decision under the Regulations.

Unsuccessful applicants will be offered a debrief on request to discuss the outcome of their application.

Questions about the application process

Applicants must email questions to Applicant questions and CER responses will be anonymised and published on this webpage during the application round, where possible.

If other CER officers are contacted regarding the application process, applicants will be asked to email the CER directly to obtain a response.

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