Small-scale off-grid systems
It is possible to reduce the cost of your small-scale off-grid system through the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. Small-scale off-grid systems can be solar panel, wind or hydro systems.
Under the Scheme eligible small-scale off-grid systems are entitled to a number of small-scale technology certificates (STCs). This is based on the amount of electricity in megawatt hours (MWh) the system generates over the course of its lifetime.
In addition, your system may be eligible for Solar Credits which multiplies the number of STCs the system can receive. Solar Credits apply to the first 1.5 kilowatts (kW) installed at an eligible location (eligible premises). Off-grid systems may also be eligible for multiplied certificates for up to 20kW of rated power output if the off-grid tally has not been met for the year.
Visit the Solar Credits page for eligibility requirements, which includes eligibility for Solar Credits for small-scale off-grid systems up to 20kW.
Small-scale wind systems are classified as Small Generation Units and have the same guidelines as solar panels apart from the eligibility requirements and the application of Solar Credits for up to 20 kW. Please refer to the following pages for more information regarding gaining a financial benefit for your system:
Date last updated: 27 Mar 2012