What is the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target?

The Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) is part of the Renewable Energy Target. The LRET encourages investment in the development of renewable energy power stations, like wind and solar farms, by:

  • providing a financial incentive for electricity generated from renewable sources
  • creating a market for creating and selling large-scale generation certificates (LGC).
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Eligibility for the Renewable Energy Target

Learn about the eligibility requirements for each scheme under the Renewable Energy Target.
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Large-scale generation certificates

Learn about large-scale generation certificates and who can create them.

Large-scale renewable energy data

We publish market information about the LRET to increase transparency, track progress, drive investment and help participants comply with the scheme.

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Information for power stations

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Power stations

What you need to know about power stations and the requirements for becoming an accredited power station.
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Maintain accreditation

Learn about your obligations and ongoing compliance to maintain power station accreditation.
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Apply for accreditation

Follow our steps to become a registered person and apply for power station accreditation.

Renewable energy certificates

Learn about the STC open market, STC clearing house and secondary market where you can sell and trade renewable energy certificates.

How it works

Under the LRET, renewable energy power stations can generate LGCs for the energy they produce. One LGC is equal to one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity generated and fed into the grid from a renewable energy source.

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The Australian economy is set to decarbonise rapidly. Renewable energy producers are looking at opportunities to grow their businesses through batteries, solar and hydrogen. Our renewable energy stories feature innovative projects being run under the LRET.

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LGCs can be:

  • sold to liable entities (mainly electricity retailers) who have to buy and surrender a certain number of LGCs to meet their obligations under the Renewable Energy Target
  • sold to, or voluntarily surrendered by, companies and individuals want to support their claims about reducing emissions or using renewable electricity.

Find out more about buying and selling LGCs.

Who participates

LRET participants include renewable energy project developers, electricity retailers and other large electricity consumers.

Power stations

Businesses or individuals that develop renewable energy projects are called power stations. These projects include wind and solar farms and hydroelectric facilities. Under the LRET, power stations can claim LGCs for the renewable energy they produce. They can also sell LGCs to generate income on top of selling electricity or voluntary surrender LGCs. Power stations must apply for accreditation to ensure the electricity they generate is eligible under the LRET. They also have ongoing monitoring, reporting and compliance obligations.

Find out about power stations.

Electricity retailers and large consumers

Electricity retailers and large consumers of electricity, called liable entities, are required to purchase and surrender a specified number of LGCs to us each year to meet their obligations under the Renewable Energy Target. Liable entities participate in the LGC market. They can purchase LGCs directly from renewable energy projects or through brokers or traders. The price of LGCs is determined by supply and demand in the market.

Find out about liable entities.

Investors, brokers and consultants

Investors and financial institutions can participate by providing capital for developing renewable energy projects. The LRET makes investment more attractive. It offers a predictable revenue stream from the sale of both electricity and LGCs. Brokers and businesses that specialise in trading renewable energy certificates participate by facilitating the buying and selling of LGCs in the LGC market. Specialists in renewable energy, legal and consulting fields can offer project development, compliance and market analysis services.

Our role

We administer the LRET by:

  • managing the creation, registration, transfer and surrender of LGCs
  • accrediting large-scale renewable energy projects as power stations
  • monitoring compliance of liable entities and power stations
  • facilitating market transparency by publishing information about LGCs and data on progress towards the Renewable Energy Target.

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water oversees the policy of the RET. Read the policy intent on the department’s website.

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