Voluntary Renewable Energy Certification Application Procedure

Article Article Description
A. The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection of the MOEA (hereinafter referred to as BSMI) specifically devised this procedure for processing renewable energy certification applications and their management processes. Purpose of the Procedure
B. Renewable energy certification related processes shall be processed by the Taiwan Renewable Energy Certification Center (hereinafter referred to as T-REC), according to the following procedures.
(1) Accept and implement power generation equipment audit application document reviews.
(2) Conduct power generation equipment on-site audits.
(3) Sign and issue power generation equipment audit reports.
(4) Receive power equipment capacity data transmissions.
(5) Verify power equipment capacity.
(6) Issue renewable energy certificates.
(7) Execute renewable energy certificate management.
Descriptions of the Procedures for Certification Applications
C. Application Process
(1) The Applicant must complete the renewable energy certificate application form (Table TC-01) and submit the following documents to T-REC:
1. Applicant certification documents.
2. Equipment owner certification documents.
3. Power generation equipment description documents.
4. Electrical circuit wiring description documents.
5. Equipment layout configuration documents.
6. Bureau of Energy (BOE) equipment registration documents.
7. Pictures of the equipment's external appearance.
8. Direct or indirect suppliers shall submit relevant certification documents.
(2) After the Applicant submits a certificate application, the BSMI shall complete the written document review within 14 work days. If any deficiencies are found, the Applicant shall be notified to make corrections within 14 work days. When necessary, the review period may be extended for another 14 work days. Applications will be directly rejected for applicants that fail to complete the corrections within the deadline.
(3) After completing written document review, T-REC shall fill out a proposal and conduct the equipment audit according to the proposal contents after confirmation by the Applicant. Scholars and experts shall be hired to jointly conduct the audit.
(4) The Applicant shall cooperate with on-site audits for three months after case acceptance. However, the Applicant may apply for one extension, of no longer than three months, from T-REC with legitimate reasons. Applicants who still cannot cooperate after the extension shall have the application rejected by the BSMI.
(5) On-site audits shall be carried out according to the following inspection items:
1. Conforms to equipment and structures specified in the various categories of renewable energy power generation equipment specifications.
2. Actual operation conditions of renewable energy power generation equipment.
3. Auxiliary equipment used for support equipment or third party power use conditions.
4. Renewable energy power generation equipment maintenance and operation specifications and maintenance documents.
5. Other relevant equipment setup conditions.
(6) After completing the renewable energy power generation equipment audit, the auditor shall fill out the Power Equipment On-site Audit Record (Table TC-02) and have the Applicant representative sign on the audit record. If the Applicant representative refuses to sign, auditors shall record detailed facts.
(7) When major or minor flaws are identified in an audit, the Applicant must submit a correction plan within 10 days (including correction measures and schedules). After correcting major flaws, a second on-site audit must be carried out to confirm the improvement results. Major and minor flaws are identified according to the following principles:
1. Major flaws: Have not used electricity meters that comply with regulations, electrical power of uncertain sources, or other major deficiency items that may cause inadequate power generation, inaccurate power capacity calculations, or inability to confirm power sources.
2. Minor flaws: Equipment damage, inconsistency between site equipment and application documents, lack of proper maintenance or other minor flaws sufficient for sustaining effective operations.
(8) Applicants that fail to propose correction plan, effectively make improvements to deficiencies according to the correction plan, or make improvements to major flaws confirmed through on-site audits are deemed disqualified. The Applicant may submit relevant evidence within 14 work days after receiving the report to apply for a re-audit from T-REC. The re-audit is one time only.
1. Mandatory document submissions, review procedures, and on-site audit schedules for certificate applications.
2. Descriptions for the determination of major and minor flaws in the audit report, and the deadlines for correction measures.
C. Application Process
(1) The Applicant must complete the renewable energy certificate application form (Table TC-01) and submit the following documents to T-REC:
1. Applicant certification documents.
2. Equipment owner certification documents.
3. Power generation equipment description documents.
4. Electrical circuit wiring description documents.
5. Equipment layout configuration documents.
6. Bureau of Energy (BOE) equipment registration documents.
7. Pictures of the equipment's external appearance.
8. Direct or indirect suppliers shall submit relevant certification documents.
(2) After the Applicant submits a certificate application, the BSMI shall complete the written document review within 14 work days. If any deficiencies are found, the Applicant shall be notified to make corrections within 14 work days. When necessary, the review period may be extended for another 14 work days. Applications will be directly rejected for applicants that fail to complete the corrections within the deadline.
(3) After completing written document review, T-REC shall fill out a proposal and conduct the equipment audit according to the proposal contents after confirmation by the Applicant. Scholars and experts shall be hired to jointly conduct the audit.
(4) The Applicant shall cooperate with on-site audits for three months after case acceptance. However, the Applicant may apply for one extension, of no longer than three months, from T-REC with legitimate reasons. Applicants who still cannot cooperate after the extension shall have the application rejected by the BSMI.
(5) On-site audits shall be carried out according to the following inspection items:
1. Conforms to equipment and structures specified in the various categories of renewable energy power generation equipment specifications.
2. Actual operation conditions of renewable energy power generation equipment.
3. Auxiliary equipment used for support equipment or third party power use conditions.
4. Renewable energy power generation equipment maintenance and operation specifications and maintenance documents.
5. Other relevant equipment setup conditions.
(6) After completing the renewable energy power generation equipment audit, the auditor shall fill out the Power Equipment On-site Audit Record (Table TC-02) and have the Applicant representative sign on the audit record. If the Applicant representative refuses to sign, auditors shall record detailed facts.
(7) When major or minor flaws are identified in an audit, the Applicant must submit a correction plan within 10 days (including correction measures and schedules). After correcting major flaws, a second on-site audit must be carried out to confirm the improvement results. Major and minor flaws are identified according to the following principles:
1. Major flaws: Have not used electricity meters that comply with regulations, electrical power of uncertain sources, or other major deficiency items that may cause inadequate power generation, inaccurate power capacity calculations, or inability to confirm power sources.
2. Minor flaws: Equipment damage, inconsistency between site equipment and application documents, lack of proper maintenance or other minor flaws sufficient for sustaining effective operations.
(8) Applicants that fail to propose correction plan, effectively make improvements to deficiencies according to the correction plan, or make improvements to major flaws confirmed through on-site audits are deemed disqualified. The Applicant may submit relevant evidence within 14 work days after receiving the report to apply for a re-audit from T-REC. The re-audit is one time only.
1. Mandatory document submissions, review procedures, and on-site audit schedules for certificate applications.
2. Descriptions for the determination of major and minor flaws in the audit report, and the deadlines for correction measures.
C. Application Process
(1) The Applicant must complete the renewable energy certificate application form (Table TC-01) and submit the following documents to T-REC:
1. Applicant certification documents.
2. Equipment owner certification documents.
3. Power generation equipment description documents.
4. Electrical circuit wiring description documents.
5. Equipment layout configuration documents.
6. Bureau of Energy (BOE) equipment registration documents.
7. Pictures of the equipment's external appearance.
8. Direct or indirect suppliers shall submit relevant certification documents.
(2) After the Applicant submits a certificate application, the BSMI shall complete the written document review within 14 work days. If any deficiencies are found, the Applicant shall be notified to make corrections within 14 work days. When necessary, the review period may be extended for another 14 work days. Applications will be directly rejected for applicants that fail to complete the corrections within the deadline.
(3) After completing written document review, T-REC shall fill out a proposal and conduct the equipment audit according to the proposal contents after confirmation by the Applicant. Scholars and experts shall be hired to jointly conduct the audit.
(4) The Applicant shall cooperate with on-site audits for three months after case acceptance. However, the Applicant may apply for one extension, of no longer than three months, from T-REC with legitimate reasons. Applicants who still cannot cooperate after the extension shall have the application rejected by the BSMI.
(5) On-site audits shall be carried out according to the following inspection items:
1. Conforms to equipment and structures specified in the various categories of renewable energy power generation equipment specifications.
2. Actual operation conditions of renewable energy power generation equipment.
3. Auxiliary equipment used for support equipment or third party power use conditions.
4. Renewable energy power generation equipment maintenance and operation specifications and maintenance documents.
5. Other relevant equipment setup conditions.
(6) After completing the renewable energy power generation equipment audit, the auditor shall fill out the Power Equipment On-site Audit Record (Table TC-02) and have the Applicant representative sign on the audit record. If the Applicant representative refuses to sign, auditors shall record detailed facts.
(7) When major or minor flaws are identified in an audit, the Applicant must submit a correction plan within 10 days (including correction measures and schedules). After correcting major flaws, a second on-site audit must be carried out to confirm the improvement results. Major and minor flaws are identified according to the following principles:
1. Major flaws: Have not used electricity meters that comply with regulations, electrical power of uncertain sources, or other major deficiency items that may cause inadequate power generation, inaccurate power capacity calculations, or inability to confirm power sources.
2. Minor flaws: Equipment damage, inconsistency between site equipment and application documents, lack of proper maintenance or other minor flaws sufficient for sustaining effective operations.
(8) Applicants that fail to propose correction plan, effectively make improvements to deficiencies according to the correction plan, or make improvements to major flaws confirmed through on-site audits are deemed disqualified. The Applicant may submit relevant evidence within 14 work days after receiving the report to apply for a re-audit from T-REC. The re-audit is one time only.
1. Mandatory document submissions, review procedures, and on-site audit schedules for certificate applications.
2. Descriptions for the determination of major and minor flaws in the audit report, and the deadlines for correction measures.
D. Signing and Issuing Power Generation Equipment Audit Reports:
(1) Applicants determined by T-REC to be compliant after an on-site audit are approved for equipment registration and issuance of the renewable energy power equipment audit report (Table TC-03). Applications that have been determined to be noncompliant after an audit shall be rejected.
(2) Descriptions of the recorded items in the renewable energy power equipment audit report:
1. Report number.
2. Applicant.
3. Power generation site name and address for on-site audit.
4. Power equipment number.
5. Renewable energy power generation category.
6. Equipment device capacity.
7. On-site audit date and report signing date.
(3) For Applicants who already acquired the renewable energy power equipment audit report, T-REC may conduct equipment follow-up audits on a regular or irregular basis.
(4) For Applicants who acquired a renewable energy power equipment audit report, T-REC may disclose the information on the Renewable Energy Certificate Information Platform. However, information containing personal data shall be removed, or only disclosed after acquiring the Applicant's approval.
Descriptions of the issuance of power equipment audit reports.
Descriptions of the recorded items in power equipment audit reports.
To ensure normal operation of power equipment, T-REC will conduct power equipment follow-up audits on a regular or irregular basis.
Certificate information must not contain personal information, or may only contain personal information after approval by the Applicant.
E. The power generation capacity data of renewable energy power equipment received by T-REC:
(1) After the Applicant has obtained the power equipment audit report, the metering of power generation capacity will begin on the day after signing and issuing the report.
(2) The method for transmitting the data on the power generation capacity is as follows:
1. Power generation capacity is automatically transmitted back to the system.
2. Applicants not adopting automatic transmission must submit the daily power generation data for the previous month to T-REC prior to the third day of each month.
Specifications on the transmission method for the power generation capacity data of renewable energy power equipment.
F. Power Equipment Generation Capacity Verification:
(1) After metering the power generation capacity, T-REC may dispatch personnel from time to time to verify the power generation capacity using the following methods:
1. Verify according to the data transmitted back regarding power generation capacity. The auditor shall fill out the Power Equipment Generation Capacity Verification Record (Table TC-04).
2. Power generation on-site verification can be processed in coordination with equipment follow-up audits.
(2) For questionable power generation capacities found during verification, T-REC will immediately pause the metering of the power generation capacities, and will notify the Applicant to cooperate with the on-site verification for 14 work days. However, if there are legitimate reasons, the Applicant may apply for one extension from T-REC, of no longer than one month. Applicants who cannot cooperate with on-site verifications by the specified deadline will not have their power generation capacities for the paused metering period certified during the verification.
(3) During on-site verification, the verifying personnel must fill out the Power Generation Capacity On-site Verification Record. After completing verifying power generation capacities, please have the Applicant representative sign on the audit record. If the Applicant representative refuses to sign, auditors shall record detailed facts.
(4) After confirming correctness of on-site verification, immediately resume metering power generation capacity.
(5) For any supplementary or correction data during on-site verification, the Applicant must complete corrections within 14 work days since the day after the notification is served. If corrections are not completed by the deadline, certification will not be issued.
(6) Applicants found to be noncompliant through on-site verification will not be issued a certificate.
1. Follow-up verifications on power generation capacities will be conducted from time to time.
2. Descriptions of handling questionable applicants from the power generation capacity check.
3. Descriptions related to on-site audits.
G. For every 1000 kWh of metered power capacity, T-REC will issue a certificate to the Applicant and record the approved number of certificates issued. Explicit certificate issuance specifications.
H. Changes and Termination of Registration of Power Generation Equipment
(1) After the Applicant qualifies after the power equipment audit, and there are changes that must be made to the basic registered data or relevant documents at T-REC, or there is other evidence that would influence the registration, the Applicant may fill out the Power Equipment Change Application within one month after the day the event occurred (Table TC-05).
(2) For registered renewable energy power equipment, the Applicant may fill out the Power Equipment Registration Termination Application (Table TC-06) to apply for registration termination from T-REC.
Specifications on applying changes to Applicant's basic data or relevant documents, or cancelling applications for renewable energy power generation equipment.
I. Transfer of Renewable Energy Certificates:
(1) When applying for certification transfer, the Applicant must provide the following documents.
1. Transfer Application (Table TC-07)
2. Transfer Document
3. Assignee registration document or copy of identity document.
(2) Transferred documents mentioned in Item 2 of the previous Subparagraph may contain the following items:
(3) After the transfer is registered by T-REC, the Assignee will immediately become the certificate holder. The Applicant and Assignee can look up certificate transfer related information on the Renewable Energy Certification Information Management Platform (www.trec.org.tw ).
1. Mandatory documents and recorded items for certificate transfer.
2. Lookup of certificate-related information.
J. Declaration on the Use of the Renewable Energy Certification:
(1) After certification transfer, the Assignee may not declare their environmental benefit.
(2) The certificate holder may use the certificate verification as proof of renewable energy use for the year of power generation recorded on the certificate, for greenhouse gas emission capacity examinations, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) declarations, among other matters. The certificate holder must register at T-REC within 5 work days after usage or declaration. The certificate may not be transferred once used or declared.
The aforementioned information published on the Renewable Energy Certification Management Platform is used for tracking environmental benefit attribution and carrying out the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) examination processes.
(3) T-REC may publish the aforementioned information on the Renewable Energy Certification Management Platform, for the purposes of tracking environmental benefit attribution and carrying out the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) examination processes.
Explanation on the Declaration on the Use of the Renewable Energy Certification.

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