Government Rebates

Country Solar gives the Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCs) as a discount built into our pricing.

What is an STC?

Small-Scale Technology Certificates, or STCs, are a tradeable commodity attached to eligible installations of renewable energy systems (including solar panels, solar water heaters and heat pumps).

Under the Federal Government's Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES); when you install an eligible system, you can claim a set number of these STCs.

How is this number determined?

This number is based on the amount of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) generated by your small-scale solar panel, wind or hydro system over the course of its lifetime of up to 15 years; or displaced by your solar water heater or heat pump over the course of its lifetime of up to 10 years. This is where one STC equals one megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity generated or displaced.

What can I claim?

The number of certificates you can claim,  varies depending on your geographic location, what you are installing, whether your installation is eligible for Solar Credits,and/or the size and capacity of the installed system. For example, a 1.5kW solar panel system in Melbourne might be eligible for a minimum 21 STCs, while a solar water heater in Hobart might be eligible for a minimum of 20 STCs.

Solar Credits is a mechanism which increases the number of STCs that can be created for eligible installations of small-scale solar panel (photovoltaic – PV), wind, and hydrosystems.


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