Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STC’s)

The Australian Government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (STCs) promotes the adoption of renewable energy systems, including solar panels, in homes and small businesses. It provides financial incentives in the form of small-scale technology certificates (STCs) to individuals and entities installing eligible renewable energy systems. STCs represent the expected energy generation of the system over a specific period and can be traded or sold to electricity retailers. The value of STCs fluctuates based on market demand. By receiving STCs, solar system owners can reduce the upfront cost of installation. The scheme aims to facilitate the transition to cleaner and sustainable energy sources, while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

1. What are STCs, and how do they work?

STCs, or small-scale technology certificates, are a form of financial incentive provided under the Australian Government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. They represent the expected generation of renewable energy by eligible small-scale systems, such as solar panels. STCs can be traded and sold to electricity retailers, helping to offset the upfront cost of installing renewable energy systems.

2. How do I qualify for STCs?
To be eligible for STCs, you need to install an eligible small-scale renewable energy system, such as solar panels, in accordance with the guidelines set by the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. The system must meet specific criteria regarding capacity, installation standards, and compliance with relevant regulations.
3. How many STCs will I receive for my solar panel system?
The number of STCs you receive for your solar panel system depends on various factors, including the system’s capacity, geographical location, and the amount of renewable energy it is expected to generate over a designated period. The Clean Energy Regulator provides a calculator to estimate the number of STCs you may be eligible for based on these factors.
4. Can I sell my STCs?
Yes. The value of STCs is determined by market demand and can fluctuate over time. Selling your STCs can help offset the cost of your solar panel installation. We can facilitate this for you.
5. How do I claim STCs for my solar panel system?
To claim STCs, you need to complete the necessary paperwork and documentation, which includes the creation of a small-scale technology certificate assignment form. This form is typically provided by the installer or can be obtained from the Clean Energy Regulator. Once the form is completed and submitted, the assigned STCs can be transferred or sold to an eligible buyer.
The ACT Government Interest Free Loan

The ACT Government’s Interest-Free Loan Program, part of the Sustainable Household Scheme, aims to support residents in making sustainable upgrades to their homes. This program provides interest-free loans to eligible homeowners to finance the installation of energy-efficient and renewable energy systems, such as solar panels and energy storage solutions. The loans are designed to assist residents in accessing affordable financing options for sustainable home improvements, ultimately reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Sustainable Business Program

This program offers support in the areas of energy, transport, waste, and water to businesses. Businesses can enroll in the program to access rebates, resources, advice, and accreditation.

Technical experts affiliated with the program are available to provide advice to all ACT businesses on methods to enhance their energy efficiency, including the transition away from gas, installation of solar panels, and adoption of battery storage solutions.

Small to medium-sized businesses in the ACT region have the opportunity to access a technical assessment and rebates for energy efficiency upgrades, encompassing aspects such as heating, cooling, lighting, and refrigeration improvements.