Amendments to rooftop solar PV regulations

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17 December 2021

The Australian Government has amended the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) regulations.

These changes apply the government’s response to the Clean Energy Regulator’s review of the rooftop solar PV sector. 

The government committed $19.2 million in the 2021-22 Budget to reform the SRES. The amendment regulations aim to better protect consumers and improve integrity in the rooftop solar sector.

The amendments:

  • streamline reporting requirements for installers, solar retailers and manufacturers
  • allow the Regulator to take a more direct role in setting the requirements for solar PV components that are eligible for small-scale technology certificates.

The amendments also improve other aspects of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme’s operations. These include:

  • the eligibility of solar water heaters
  • exemptions for entities that undertake emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities.

The amendment regulations became law on 17 December 2021 after public consultation in October and November. They will take effect in 3 stages. The first stage implements the RET operational improvements. The second stage introduces retailer and installer written statements from 1 April 2022. The third stage applies the new requirements for accrediting solar PV components.

Read the draft compilation of amendments to prepare for the changes [191KB PDF] [106KB DOCX].

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