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Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, eligible small-scale renewable energy systems are categorised into small generation units and solar water heater systems.
Small generation units generate electricity from renewable energy sources including:
A solar water heater system is a system which displaces electricity, and as a result reduces consumption of electricity from the main grid. There are two types of eligible solar water heater systems:
If the small-generation unit is larger than the capacity limits listed above, it will be classified as a power station and must be
accredited as a power station under the
Large-scale Renewable Energy Target. If accreditation is successful, the unit may be eligible for
large-scale generation certificates.
The SRES creates a financial incentive for individuals and small businesses to install small generation units, solar water heaters and air source heat pumps.
The SRES does not include incentives for battery storage, and eligibility requirements for creating small-scale technology certificates (STCs) do not extend to any battery components not included within an inverter.
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