Small Scale Technology Certificates (STC) Explained

Every country wants to invest in solar energy in the future. It has the potential to make countries more self-sufficient and autonomous. These days, the majority of the countries’ governments encourage their citizens to adopt solar. Incentives from the government are a part of this engagement. The Australian government also offers a small-scale technology certificate (STC) as one such incentive. All business and residential property owners with systems up to 100kW are eligible for STCs.

STCs are an electronic form of currency. Government allocates them when a person installs a solar PV system. The calculation of the STCs depends on the future generation of energy from a solar system. One STC equals one megawatt-hour of power produced by a solar PV system. STCs can benefit an owner in lowering the initial costs by allowing the client to reap monetary benefits from the government.

Small Scale technology certificates (STC) can help the homeowners secure good rebates from the government Photo, Karsten Wurth.

Things You Should Know About STC

As explained earlier, one thing to keep in mind with the STC is that it relies on future solar system generation. Furthermore, since its inception in 2011, the scheme has been losing money, and it is expected to get exhausted around 2030. The STC was created when the cost of solar was also exuberant, and it was launched to make solar more accessible to the general public. But a crucial thing to remember is that with the diminishing cost of solar systems, the price of STCs is also decreasing.

How are STCs calculated?

The following factors are taken into account when calculating the STC:

1: Size of the Solar System

When calculating STCs, the size of the solar panels is critical. STCs are computed by multiplying the number of solar panels by the number of watts each panel produces.

2: Location

The geographic location of the solar system’s installation is also vital. Every region has its own ratings, which determine the value of the STCs.

The small-scale technology certificates (STC) calculation depends on the geographical location. Photo: Sylwia Bartyzel

Australia is divided into four zones whose details are as follows:

Zone 1: 

  1. Townville 
  2. Rockhampton
  3. Darwin
  4. The Gardens
  5. Parap
  6. Stuart Park

Zone 2:

  1. Alice Springs
  2. Daly Waters

Zone 3:

  1. Brisbane
  2. Sydney
  3. Adelaide
  4. Canberra
  5. Perth

Zone 4:

  1. Melbourne 
  2. Hobart

Hence to calculate the rebates, it is imperative to know in which region you’re residing and what the government’s decided rate for that region is.

3: Year in which you’re claiming

It’s also critical to identify the year in which the customer submits its STC claim. As previously stated, the rate is directly proportional to the year, as it has been dropping since its commencement.
If you like to read more about the STC or the rate at which it has been calculated now, you can check the Clean Energy Regulator website.

Mondiaux is always striving to deliver the best services to its consumers, and we have benefited our customers in claiming their STCs. Each year, Mondiaux tries to serve its customers in the New Year by giving them the STCs at a previous year’s rate. It is a fantastic opportunity for people who have got their solar through Mondiaux but did not claim their STCs the previous year for whatever reason. Mondiaux has compensated the STC deficit for many of its clients in the new year. Like this year, we covered the STC gap for our customers by providing them the same rate as the previous year. If you have any questions or want to ask for a quote after STC, you may reach out to us by calling 1300 911 110 or visiting our website.

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