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Applying for accreditation

20 November 2019
RET

The ‘6 steps to power station accreditation’ sets out the process for applying for a power station to be accredited under the Renewable Energy Target.

Power stations that generate electricity from an eligible renewable energy source can be accredited to participate in the Renewable Energy Target if they meet the specified requirements and eligibility criteria.

Once a power station has been accredited, large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) can be created for electricity generated from a power station’s renewable energy sources. LGCs can only be created for generation that occurs on and after the accreditation start date. LGCs can then be sold to liable entities under the Renewable Energy Target.

Power stations can apply for accreditation until 2030 when the Renewable Energy Target is legislated to end.

REC Registry

Applications for power station accreditation are managed through an the online Renewable Energy Certificate Registry (REC Registry) system.

Step one—applying to become a registered person

Only a ‘registered person’ can make an application for power station accreditation. Accordingly, you must first apply to be a registered person before making an application for accreditation.

It is important to identify the correct person to apply to become the registered person. If the power station is accredited, the registered person who applied on behalf of the power station will become the ‘nominated person’ for the power station. The nominated person has the right to create LGCs and will be responsible for meeting Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 (REE Act) obligations.

Applications for registration are made by applying for a ‘registered person account’ in the REC Registry.

Step two—upgrade account and permissions

Once your registered person account application has been approved by the Clean Energy Regulator, you will need to apply to upgrade your account to a ‘power station account’ in the REC Registry. This upgrade is required for you to be able to access the application for power station accreditation.

It is recommended that you also grant other users from your organisation access to your account and update users’ permission levels for your account. It is important for you to also ensure that you disable your account users where necessary e.g. staff leaving your organisation or if there is a change in their role or responsibilities.

Step three—submitting your application

All applications for accreditation as a renewable energy power station must be submitted to the agency through the REC Registry. We recommend you begin drafting your application 10 to 12 weeks prior to the date of first generation of electricity by your power station. You should submit your application when it meets the information and documentary requirements of a ‘properly made’ application under section 13 of the REE Act.

  • You should regularly save drafts of your power station application in the REC Registry prior to submitting it to the Clean Energy Regulator for assessment.
  • You can contact us if you need help with completing the application form.
  • If you are applying for multiple power stations, a separate application is required for each.
  • Find out more on how to submit your application form

Step four—paying the accreditation fee

After submitting your application, you will be asked to pay an accreditation fee through the REC Registry. After the fee has been paid, you will be notified that the application has been submitted as 'properly made' in accordance with the requirements of section 13 of the REE Act.

Step five—application assessment by the Clean Energy Regulator

The Clean Energy Regulator will assess whether the application meets the requirements and criteria for power station eligibility.

Step six—accreditation decision

Following assessment of your application, the Clean Energy Regulator will either approve or refuse your application under section 15 of the REE Act. You will be notified of the outcome by email.

Further information

For further information, or general help, please contact the Clean Energy Regulator line on 1300 553 542 or email enquiries@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au. The Large-scale Renewables Section are available to provide technical help and can be contacted through general enquiries.

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