Under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, participants can create small-scale technology certificates for up to 12 months after the date the system is installed. This means that during 2014, the Clean Energy Regulator validated small-scale technology certificates created for systems installed in 2013 and 2014.
Between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014, a total of 18 784 182 small-scale technology certificates were validly created for 252 843 small-scale installations.
Of these, 59 469 were created by solar water heaters and 193 374 were created by small generation units.
The data presented in graphs 15 and 16 are for certificates validly created in 2014, based on the date the system was installed. Given the 12-month period for creating certificates, the number of certificates for 2014 installations will continue to rise in 2015.
Note: Data current as at February 2015.
Graph 15 shows valid small-scale technology certificates by renewable energy source since the start of the scheme.
Graph 16 represents valid certificates created by solar water heaters. Solar water heaters accounted for 83 per cent of certificates validated in 2014, while air source heat pumps equated to 17 per cent.
SGUs = small generation units
Graph 17 represents valid certificates created by small generation units in 2014.
A solar credits multiplier was introduced in 2009 to provide an additional financial incentive for solar panel installations by multiplying the number of certificates these systems could create. This multiplier was designed to reduce over time and it ceased on 30 June 2013. As a result, no systems installed in 2014 were eligible for a multiplier. However, multiplied certificates may have been created in 2014 due to the 12-month certificate creation rule.
Section 21 of the
Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 states that certificates for eligible solar water heaters must be created within 12 months of the installation date.
Regulation 19D (under section 23A of the Act) states that certificates for eligible small generation units installed on or after 6 October 2007 may be created:
Small generation units installed between 1 April 2001 and 5 October 2007 are eligible to create certificates at any time for a one-year or five-year period. At the end of each period owners or agents can create certificates for the next 'deeming period'. The deeming period refers to the expected life of the system. Information about how deeming periods are determined is published on the Clean Energy Regulator website.16
If agents or individuals do not create certificates within the allowed timeframe they are no longer eligible to create certificates for their small-scale installation.
Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 includes provisions to provide partial exemption from liability under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target and Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme for electricity used in defined emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities.
The Renewable Energy Target imposes additional costs on electricity consumers. These costs can be significant for emissions-intensive industries and may affect their international competitiveness. A partial exemption reduces this cost-burden and supports achievement of the Renewable Energy Target objectives without adverse impacts on industry, local communities and jobs.
Emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities include aluminium smelting, smelting zinc, petroleum refining and manufacture of newsprint. Emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities are specified in the Regulations and listed in Table 6.
Under the Act, 'prescribed persons' (usually entities that carry on emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities) may apply for partial exemption certificates. If approved, the Clean Energy Regulator issues the prescribed person with a partial exemption certificate.
The certificate states the amount of electricity in megawatt hours for which exemption can be provided to the liable entity named on the certificate (usually the retail electricity supplier). The exemption is for electricity used in the emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity during the year specified in the certificate.
In 2014, the Clean Energy Regulator received 177 partial exemption certificate applications by the legislated deadlines. Applications from prescribed persons spanned 46 of the 51 eligible emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities.17
Note: In accordance with regulation 22E(3), the total amount of partial exemptions given for each emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity must be published by 1 October in the year to which the partial exemptions relate.
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