The Ultimate Guide to Solar VEECs

Discover how Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) can help get your large behind-the-meter solar project implemented in Victoria.

If you've been considering solar for your site in Victoria and haven't hit the button yet, now is a great time to consider solar. A generous incentive, due to record high VEEC prices, can be used to reduce the payback of large solar below 3 years or highly cashflow positive as a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). 

What are Solar VEECs?

Behind-the-meter solar projects in Victoria that are 100 kW or larger are eligible to create VEECs (Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates). Under the Project Based Assessment Measurement & Verification method, up to 10 years of VEECs can be deemed for the amount of grid energy reduced by the site due to the solar project.

This image below shows a 1.2 MW solar system installed in 2021 with VEECs reducing the implementation costs by 40%. It was contracted, through Beam Solar, as a 10-year PPA that is cashflow positive from the first day of generation. 

1.2 MW solar project procured on Beam Solar with VEECs


How to Claim Solar VEECs

VEECs are only claimed on grid electricity reductions, not exported electricity. It's therefore important to correctly size the solar system to the site's load.

Load profile of 1 MW solar system in Victoria to minimise exported electricity

The process for claiming the VEECs is highly regulated, detailed and long:

  • The project must be registered well before commencement, and
  • VEECs are not received until 18+ months after project completion.

VEECs can only be created by an Accredited Person (AP) and we recommend that they are independent of the solar installer. We use a third party AP to maximize and de-risk VEEC value for your project within the Beam Solar procurement process.

VEECs vs. LGCs

Did you know LGCs cannot be claimed if VEECs are claimed? Currently VEECs make much more sense because:

  • a VEEC is currently worth twice as much as an LGC
  • 10 years of VEECs can be deemed versus under 9 years of LGCs out to 2030
  • VEECs are received ~18 months after project completion instead of being spread over 9 years for LGCs
  • under Climate Active, receiving VEECs does not impact renewable energy claims

Can I use VEECs in a Power Purchase Agreement?

Project contracts can be structured as an Outright Purchase (Capex) or Power Purchase Agreement (Opex) with pros and cons to both approaches:

Outright Purchase and 10-year PPA options for solar with VEECs

Beam Solar can help get your solar project implemented with VEECs, from Assessment to Procurement and Operation. To get started, get in touch with one of Beam's Solar Experts or start a Beam Solar Assessment by clicking the button below:


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