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This page is designed to provide agents and installers with the forms and resources to assist them participate in the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.
The Clean Energy Regulator may update or remove this information as required and you are encouraged to check you are using the latest version of each document.
Changes to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 in December 2021 that impact the documentation required to be eligible for STCs.
These documents are samples of the documentation required to be eligible for STCs. Registered agents may customise their own STC assignment forms and written statements to incorporate additional explanatory text, company logos and other features.
The owner of the solar PV system must complete a form that assigns the right to create STCs to the registered agent, this form should have information on the system and outline the financial incentive which has been provided in exchange for the right to create STCs:
documentasset:Sample combined small-scale technology certificate assignment form with compulsory written statements
The accredited designer and installer must complete compulsory written statements:
documentasset:Sample designer and installer written statement
The solar retailer of the solar PV system must complete the solar retailer written statement:
documentasset:Sample solar retailer written statement
The owner of the solar PV system must complete this form, outlining the financial incentive which has been provided in exchange for the right to create small-scale technology certificates:
documentasset:CER-RET-016 Small-scale technology certificate assignment form
The accredited installer and designer of the system must complete compulsory written statements:
documentasset:CER-RET-014 Compulsory written statements for small-scale technology certificate creation
The owner of the solar PV system must complete an on-site verification:
documentasset:CER-RET-015 Onsite verification statement
Complete this form if you require an accreditation code for the system owner to assign the right to create certificates for a small generation unit where a one or 5-year deeming period was selected:
If the system is a small-scale wind or hydro system, then registered agents will need an STC assignment form and relevant designer and installer written statements. The solar retailer statement is not applicable to small-scale wind and hydro systems.
The owner of the solar water heater or air source heat pump must complete an STC assignment form, outlining the financial incentive which has been provided in exchange for the right to create small-scale technology certificates:
These forms are required if the solar water heater has a capacity greater than 700 litres.
These guidelines are designed to assist agents collect mandatory information for entry into the REC Registry, prior to the creation of small-scale technology certificates.
For small generation units installed on or after 1 April 2022:
documentasset:Small generation units – collecting mandatory information to create small-scale technology certificates February 2022
For small generation units installed on or before 31 March 2022:
documentasset:Small generation units - collecting mandatory information to create small-scale technology certificates
For solar water heaters or air source heat pumps:
documentasset:SWH collecting mandatory information to create STCs
The Clean Energy Regulator has developed a range of
small-scale technology certificate assignment question and answers to help with the process of assigning the right to create certificates.
These guidelines are designed to assist registered agents in understanding the requirements of using the bulk upload functionality of the
REC Registry. Agents can use this guideline to create templates or to reference the list of formatting rules for the REC Registry.
The upcoming changes to the SRES on 1 April 2022 mean that registered agents cannot create a combination bulk upload for small generation unit installations before and after 1 April 2022.
For small generation unit installations on or after 1 April 2022:
documentasset:REC Registry guide – Small generation unit and solar water heater bulk upload February 2022
For small generation unit installations on or before 31 March 2022:
documentasset:REC Registry guide - Small generation unit and solar water heater bulk upload
The REC Registry bulk upload functionality for solar water heaters and air source heat pumps remains the same and can be accessed via the above documents.
The Clean Energy Council (CEC) approved photovoltaic (PV) modules and inverters list are to be used in-conjunction with REC Registry bulk upload guidelines. The below spreadsheets are applicable from 24 March 2023.
The register of solar water heaters contains details about each solar water heater or air source heat pump model that are eligible for small-scale technology certificates. The amount of certificates a system is entitled to create will depend on its installation date and geographic location.
This list defines the four postcode zones for solar water heaters and the five postcode zones for air source heat pumps.
documentasset:Postcode zones for solar water heaters and heat pumps
The REC Registry relies on
Australia Post defined postcode and suburbs to calculate small-scale technology certificate entitlement, based on a system's geographic location.
These checklists are designed to assist agents collect all required information and complete mandatory documents for the creation of small-scale technology certificates in accordance with the
Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000.
documentasset:SGU Compliance documentation checklist
documentasset:SWH Compliance documentation checklist
Small-scale technology certificate calculators are designed to assist you estimate the amount of small-scale technology certificates that may be created for an eligible small generation unit, solar water heater or air source heat pump installation. The amount of certificates a system may be eligible for will depend on its technology type, installation date and geographic location. The calculators provide an estimate and should be used as a guide only.
Calculator for small-scale solar photovoltaic, wind and hydro systems:
Calculator for solar water heaters and air source heat pumps:
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