Before designing or installing a small-scale system you must be aware of a number of requirements which will determine if the
system is eligible for small-scale technology certificates after it is installed.
Small technology certificates are created based on the day a system is fully installed, capable of producing electricity or delivering hot water, and classified as a
complete installation by the Clean Energy Regulator.
After the installation, you must provide the Clean Energy Regulator with
signed documents which certify your compliance with the above requirements. These documents must be obtained prior to the creation of certificates.
The Clean Energy Regulator reserves the right to impose penalties on individuals who provide false or misleading information which results in the improper creation of small-scale technology certificates. See
scheme compliance for more information.
To be eligible to create small-scale technology certificates, the system must be installed by a
licensed electrician. If the electrical wiring does not involve alternating current of 50 or more volts and direct current of 120 or more volts, then the system must be installed by a person that has relevant training, experience and qualifications to perform the work.
Installer attendance must be in accordance with the Clean Energy Council (CEC) install and supervise guidelines for accredited installers (in particular, section six). The CEC accredited installer must either undertake the installation or supervise the installation by others and physically attend the site at job set-up, mid-installation check-up and testing and commissioning).
As the CEC accredited installer of a small-scale renewable energy system, you must be able to demonstrate that you have attended the installation at the address listed on the
compulsory written statements and/or the
small-scale technology certificate assignment form.
Proof of your attendance at the installation must include a written statement by the system owner or their appointed representative. In the event a representative is nominated
by the owner of the system, the written statement should explain the relationship between the owner and their representative e.g. tenant, relative, neighbour. A builder or property developer may also provide the written statement, as long as they are not also acting as the Clean Energy Council installer.
The agency may request additional information to demonstrate you were on site in accordance, with section six of the Clean Energy Council install and supervise guidelines for accredited installers. Failure to provide requested additional information confirming the system meets scheme eligibility criteria may result in claims for small-scale technology certificates being failed.
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