Homeowners - Water Heating In Victoria
STCs for Solar Water-Heaters:
Much like STCs for solar PV, if a Clean Energy Regulator approved solar water-heater is installed a STC payment will be available under the Renewable Energy Target.
To ensure your system is eligible for STCs, please visit the Clean Energy Regulator's website to see which water-heating products are eligible under the Renewable Energy Target.
Victorian households and businesses who replace their hot water-heater will be eligible to receive a Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificate (VEEC) payment for installing a VEET approved system.
To ensure your system is eligible for VEECs, please visit the ESC's website to see which water-heating products are eligible under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target.
How to claim your certificates:
- Once you have confirmed that your system is eligible for STCs and/or VEECs, download the relevant assignment form from the Documents tab and follow the instructions on the first page. There is also a helpful checklist on the last page to ensure you have all the required supporting documents.
- Go here to calculate the number of STCs your system is eligible for. Go here to calculate the number of VEECs your system installation is eligible for.
- Finally, submit your assignment form and additional required documents to Green Energy Trading. Once we receive your completed paperwork it will be reviewed and if we do not require any additional information we will submit it to the Clean Energy Regulator for approval, which generally takes around 6 weeks.
What are STCs and VEECs for water heaters?
STCs and VEECs represent a reduction of energy used to heat water when a high efficiency or solar water heater is installed.
By installing an eligible water heater and submitting a claim to Green Energy Trading you will be eligible to receive a certificate payment.
When can certificates be claimed and do they expire?
Certificates can be claimed from the date the system has been completely and correctly installed.
Green Energy Trading highly recommends claims are submitted ASAP following installation to ensure they don’t expire.
STCs: Certificates must be claimed within 12 months of the installation date.
VEECs: Certificates must be claimed by June 30 of the year following the year of installation. For instance:
If the installation takes place on December 30, 2016, certificates need to be claimed by June 30, 2017 (6 months in total). If the installation takes place on January 1, 2017, certificates need to be claimed by June 30, 2018 (18 months in total).
Can STCs and VEECs be claimed for multiple water heaters at the same address?
Yes. However, we need some additional information to make processing the claim straightforward.
The assignment form need to describe where each solar water heater (and the tank serial numbers) is located on the property. For instance:
a system with serial number X is installed at the rear of the house and the system with serial number Y is installed on level 1 of the main building
A diagram of the property and photos of the installation, showing the location of the existing and new systems, is also very useful for processing your form.
In Victoria, up to two water heater replacements at a residential premise can claim VEECs. There is no such limit for water heater replacements at a business premises.