Notice of Completion required for obtaining the Small-scale technology certificates
The installation of renewable energy systems, such as solar PV systems, battery storage systems and wind turbines is notifiable electrical work.
In Western Australia, by law (under the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991), all electrical contractors are required to submit a Notice of Completion (NOC) to the relevant network operator for each installation within three days from the time the work was completed. This applies to both installations connected to a network and for standalone systems. Failure to do so can result in enforcement action, including prosecution.
As of 24 December 2020, the Clean Energy Regulator will require the NOC, as well as the Electrical Safety Certificate be collected with the Small-scale Technology Certificate assignment form, before Small-scale technology certificates (STCs) may be created.
Submitting the NOC will help ensure that the renewable energy system has been installed and certified according to relevant Western Australian legislation and standards.
Not submitting the NOC with the STC form may lead to your claim for STCs being failed or delayed as the application does not meet all state and territory requirements, which includes the issuance of a NOC.
Frequently asked questions
Why must I now submit a Notice of Completion (NOC) as well as an Electrical Safety Certificate (ESC) to receive the Small-scale technology certificates?
Installation of renewable energy systems is notifiable work which requires a NOC to be submitted to the relevant network operator on completion of the work. Submitting a NOC with the Small-scale technology certificate (STC) assignment form enables the Clean Energy Regulator to determine that the installation has been installed and certified in accordance with relevant Western Australian legislation and standards.
When does this requirement come into effect?
The Clean Energy Regulator will require submission of the NOCs as of 24 December 2020. The Clean Energy Regulator will also be publishing communications on this matter prior to the requirement via the REC Registry.
If I do not obtain a NOC prior to the creation of STCs will the system still be eligible?
No, it will be a requirement of the Clean Energy Regulator that a NOC as well as an ESC is obtained prior to the creation of STCs. Not obtaining the NOC means that the application is not eligible for STCs, the claim is non-compliant and the creator of the certificates may be subject to enforcement action from the Clean Energy Regulator.
What do I need to obtain prior to the creation of STCs and supply to the Clean Energy Regulator?
Along with the completed STC assignment form you must obtain a copy of the NOC that has been provided to the network operator and a copy of the ESC that is provided to the home owner.
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