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Solar. The Environmental Choice.

You can also get hot water from sun and air, which reduces CO2 compared to conventional electric heaters, in most places.

Choice – The Peoples Watchdog

The following information is provided by Choice – The Peoples Watchdog.

If you install a new solar or heat pump system, you’ll probably be eligible to receive Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) which replace the old renewable energy certificate (REC) system. These were developed by the Commonwealth Government to encourage the reduction of greenhouse emissions from the use of electricity.

The STC scheme works by requiring electricity retailers to contribute towards meeting renewable energy targets – an obligation they can meet by purchasing STCs.

So when you install an eligible system, you’ll be rewarded with a certain number of STCs based on how much greenhouse gas it saves and where you live, as this affects the system’s efficiency.

You then either register your STCs and sell them to an energy retailer, or you assign them to an agent (often the supplier of the your hot water system) who will register and sell them for you. The second option is the most common as it’s more convenient for the consumer; when you buy a solar or heat pump hot water system, the supplier offers an up-front discount in exchange for the STCs – usually this amounts to several hundred dollars off the price.

STCs can currently be traded for a fixed price of $40 per certificate, though their value may vary depending on supply and demand. The small print of the STC scheme is fairly complicated, so consult your retailer or check the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) for more information on how it works.

Government rebates can apply when you install a solar or heat pump hot water system. Not all households will be eligible. For more information on rebates and other incentives, go to the Federal Government’s Living Greener website, or contact your state government energy authority.

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