Products that must be accepted
Energy Savings Scheme
Products that must be accepted by the Scheme Administrator for use in ESS activities include:
- Water heaters used in:
- Activity Definitions D17, D18, D19, D20 and D21 of the HEER method
- Activity Definitions F16 and F17 of the Installation of High Efficiency Appliances for Businesses (IHEAB) method
- Lighting equipment (e.g. Light Emitting Diode (LED) and induction luminaires) used in the:
- Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Formula (Commercial Lighting) method
- Activity Definitions E1, E2, E3, E5, E11 and E13 of the Home Energy Efficiency (HEER) method
- Project Impact Assessment with Measurement and Verification (PIAM&V) method
- Metered Baseline Methods.
- Chimney dampers used in Activity Definition E9 of the HEER method.
Peak Demand Reduction Scheme
Water heaters used in Activity Definition WH1 of the Reducing Demand Using Efficiency (RDUE) method must be accepted by the Scheme Administrator.
Water heaters accepted under the ESS for Activity Definition F16 of the IHEAB method are automatically accepted for use under the PDRS for Activity Definition WH1 of the RDUE method (see Notice 03/2022).
Public list of accepted products
We publish all accepted products on the accepted products list on TESSA, our online system. ACPs may use the products on the accepted products list in their activities. The accepted products list specifies for each product the:
- calculation method and, where relevant, the activity definition
- date the product was accepted (shown as ‘effective from’)
- date the product was cancelled (shown as ‘effective to’)
- parameters for ACPs to use in energy savings and peak demand capacity calculations.
ACPs must use the parameters (e.g. LCP) current as at the date of the implementation in their calculations.
Application requirements and the information that must to be provided with an application is detailed in the Product Applications Guide. You can also refer to the Method Guide for the relevant calculation method.
Water heater applications are made through the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) online system.
We have a joint application process with the Essential Services Commission (Commission) in Victoria. You need to open a new VEU account if you do not have one.
See the Commission’s website for detailed information about the application process and requirements.
Products must be modelled in accordance with AS/NZS 4234. See Notice 01/2022 and the Product Applications Guide for further details.
Notice 02/2022 - Requirement - Notice for the purposes of clause 10.4A.2(b) of the ESS Rule
Notice 03/2022 – Requirement – Notice for the purposes of clause 7.1.2(d) of the PDRS Rule
See the following documents on the Commission's product application resources webpage:
Commercial and industrial water heater product application guide
Commercial and industrial water heater product application form
Electric boosted solar water heater product application form
Lighting and chimney damper applications are made on our online system, TESSA.
When applying on TESSA, you must submit several documents and categorise them appropriately. Evidentiary requirements are outlined in Section 2 and the appendices of the Product Application Guide, and requirements vary depending on the method applied for and the application pathway used.
Please name all required documents appropriately when entering your data, and in accordance with our evidence requirements. Document categories in TESSA are consistent with requirements (e.g. select the document type as “Certificate of Suitability” in TESSA for your safety evidence).
You can apply for multiple products and calculation methods in an application. You do this when submitting your TESSA Case.
For more information on how to apply for lighting or chimney damper product acceptance see the video below.
LCPs at rated power
Lamp Circuit Power (LCP) must be determined at a product’s rated wattage, effective from 1 April 2021. Following consultation, we ceased accepting luminaires at lower wattage settings, see Notice 05/2020.
Products can still be used that incorporate dimming capability, multiple wattage settings, or drivers with adjustable power or current output, provided that the LCP is determined at the rated power of the product.
For more details on what this means for your product, please see our information paper.
ESS Commercial Lighting - Form - Product Application Checklist
ESS Form - Product application sponsorship (lighting and chimney dampers only)
Notice 05/2020 - Information - Luminaires with Switchable Wattage Settings