Source - Clean Energy Regulator
The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is warning all agents about some current fraudulent activity involving small-scale technology certificates (STCs) being created for solar photovoltaic systems that have not been installed.
Identified incidents have occurred in the Greater Sydney, Central and South Coast regions of New South Wales. Five Agents have been approached by the fraudsters and some have accepted business.
Fortunately Trade In Green are not one of these agents affected and we will continue a high level of due diligence and compliance to ensure we are not affected going forward.
The CER encourage agents from all states to be aware of this issue and ensure robust quality assurance systems are maintained, particularly when accepting new clients.
Fraudulent activity, such as the provision of false information to create STCs is an offence under the legislation. CER would like to remind all agents of their responsibility to ensure the creation of STCs are compliant and eligible.
Individuals and companies who operate under the scheme and wilfully commit an act of fraud or non-compliance, such as falsely creating certificates, will be subject to enforcement action by the Clean Energy Regulator, and may lead to criminal charge and conviction.