Rebates and assistance


Renewable power incentives


Households and small businesses that install a small-scale renewable energy system (solar, wind or hydro), or hot water system, may be able to receive a benefit towards the purchase cost.

Installing an eligible system allows the creation of small-scale technology certificates (STCs) with a value that can be redeemed by selling or assigning them. The number of STCs created is based on:

  • the amount of renewable electricity the system produces or the amount of electricity consumption it reduces
  • the climate region where it’s installed.


Small-scale renewable systems that may be eligible for certificates include:

  • solar photovoltaic (PV) panels
  • wind turbines
  • hydro systems
  • solar water heaters, and
  • air source heat pumps.

Owners have 2 options for receiving benefit for their STCs:

  1. Assigning them to an agent, usually the system installer, in exchange for a discount or delayed cash payment.
  2. Selling the certificates themselves.

There are 2 options for selling the certificates:

  1. Through the open STCs market with pricing subject to market forces.
  2. Through the STCs Clearing House with the price fixed at $40 per STC, excluding GST.


Administered by: Clean Energy Regulator

WebsiteSmall-scale Renewable Energy Scheme

Phone: 1300 553 542