The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is developing a new serial number ledger capability to strengthen the integrity of the solar industry.
The new ledger will store all solar panel serial numbers supplied to the Australian market and eligible for small-scale technology certificates (STCs) under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).
The ledger will be used to assess eligibility of STC claims by cross referencing serial numbers in STC claims with serial numbers in the ledger. This will assist to prevent ineligible solar panels receiving Commonwealth incentives under the SRES.
The ledger will also allow manufacturers to remove risk to their brand from non-authorised suppliers bringing ineligible solar panels to the Australian market that could be used in STC claims.
Data will be provided to the CER by Australian local manufacturers and nominated importers for panels on the Clean Energy Council (CEC) approved PV module list.
The ledger will complement, not replace, the Solar Panel Validation (SPV) initiative which gives solar supply chain representatives early confirmation of panel eligibility. The ledger will provide a secondary point of verification during the creation of STCs that do not use SPV.
In the coming weeks, the CER will contact stakeholders to co-design two key aspects of the ledger: the data format and the mechanism to upload the data.
For more information, see the Clean Energy Regulator website.