The NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) aims to reduce electricity consumption in NSW through energy efficiency improvements.

The Scheme offers financial incentives for organisations to invest in energy savings projects, making it an attractive option to reduce consumption. The ESS places a mandatory obligation on Scheme Participants to obtain and surrender Energy Savings Certificates (ESCs) on an annual basis.

Scheme Participants (electricity retailers) and Accredited Certificate Providers (ACPs) are subject to periodic audits which must be undertaken by a member of IPART's Audit Services Panel. Sunrise Saves Energy are a member of the ESS Audit Panel and can conduct reasonable assurance audits across all methodologies with prudent oversight and efficiency.

What is the HEER Method?

The ESS Rule provides a method for up-front deeming of energy savings from upgrades undertaken at residential and small business sites, including for the replacement of inefficient lighting: the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits method.

Only Accredited Certificate Providers (ACPs) are allowed to deliver the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit (HEER) activities under the ESS to help the NSW households and Small Business save energy by supporting a range of energy efficiency upgrades such as lighting, equipment upgrades, and draught proofing.

ACPs are businesses accredited by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) which undertake specified energy saving activities under the ESS. The ACPs can offer HEER activities by themselves or contract it to other third-party installers such as electricians. ACPs work independently and are not deemed as employees or representatives of the NSW Government.

An ACP must be nominated to be the energy saver by the original saver of the energy for implementing the upgrade and creating Energy Savings Certificates (ESCs). A nomination can only be made once for the same upgrade and it should be made before the completion of the job. All equipment must be installed by the ACP or their representatives to ensure that the installation is carried out safely by the licensed and trained technicians.

The ESS Rule also has specific requirements for the types of lighting that may be installed under this method.Certain lighting products must be accepted for use by IPART before then can be used in an upgrade.

More information on how Accredited Certificate Providers accredited to use the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits method can apply to have equipment accepted can be found on the HEER Lighting Requirements page.









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