The NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) is driving energy efficiency upgrades in NSW by providing financial incentives to make implementation more affordable and attractive.

The ESS places an obligation on energy retailers to purchase Energy Savings Certificates (ESCs). These certificates are generated by an Accredited Certificate Providers (such as Wattly) by performing eligible activities.

It is administered and regulated in accordance with the ESS Savings Scheme Rule 2009 (or the ESS Rule) by the Independent Pricing and Regulation Tribunal of NSW (IPART).

Wattly is your trusted solution when it comes to accessing government incentives and saving money. Don’t get caught out by not understanding the rules – let Wattly worry about the logistics. Your quick and accurate solution to unlocking schemes and incentives.

Talk to us today and unlocking funding from one of the ESS schedules below:


MethodNameActivityResidentialBusinessWattly Accredited
Commercial Lighting (Formula)CLFUndertaking a lighting upgrade in commercial buildings (commercial, industrial, government, schools)NOYESYES
Public lighting methodCLFUndertaking a lighting upgrade in outdoor areas. Street lighting, council lighting, outdoor lightingNOYESYES
Project Impact Assessment with Measurement and VerificationPIAM&VPIAM&V covers a wide range of Commercial and Industrial Upgrades. (Motors, Fans, Pumps, Conveyors, Compressors, Chillers, Refrigeration, Boilers, Gas)NOYESYES
Metered Baseline MethodMBMThe MBM compares the energy consumed before and after the energy saving activity has been performed.  Can be an entire site.  ESCs created on a yearly basis in arrears.NOYESYES
High Efficiency Appliances for BusinessHEABHEAB is a deemed method, that looks primarily at the efficiency of the new equipment.  Most useful when PIAM&V is too costly to perform.NOYESYES
Home Energy Efficiency RetrofitHEERLow efficiency lighting to High Efficiency lighting

General Lighting including downlights, reflectors lamps, standard Edison and Bayonet Bulb



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Frequently Asked Questions about NSW Energy Saving Scheme (ESS)

The Energy Savings Scheme, also known as the ESS, is the NSW-based energy efficiency scheme, is designed to reduce energy consumption in NSW by providing financial incentives for NSW households and businesses. The scheme was established in 2009 under the NSW Electricity Supply Act 1995.
With the help of the NSW Legislation, the financial incentives are easily available for businesses to invest in energy savings projects. These projects are achieved by installing, improving or replacing equipment that reduces and saves energy. Once the project has been completed, an Energy Savings Certificate (ESC) is generated by an Accredited Peron, also known as an AP, this is Wattly's core service, who then obtains and surrenders your energy savings certificate, which represents your energy savings.
An energy savings certificate, or ESC, pronounced 'esky', is essentially a digital environmental certificate represented by an alphanumeric number. Each certificate represents 1 tonne of CO2e (converted from MWh or GJ of energy savings)
This starts when inefficient lights are replaced with approved energy savings LED products by a licensed installer/installation company. Once done, the installer will then provide pertinent documents to Wattly based on the compliance requirements set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) NSW. Wattly will then process an audit of the requirements and if the upgrade is deemed compliant, an application for certificate registration is done. The VEECs can only be created by those who are accredited, such as Wattly. These are then sold to a liable party, such as an Energy Retailer.
• NSW Government Scheme regulated to 2025 • NSW Independent Price and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) administers the scheme • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is responsible for policy development of the scheme
• The scheme places an obligation on energy retailers to purchase ESCs • Energy Retailers face penalties for failing to meet (surrender) their quota of certificates • Certificate costs are recovered from consumers (through charges on their electricity bills)

Wattly is an Accredited Certificate Provider under the ESS. Before creating ESCs, evidence must be collected in the form of photographs, declarations, receipts and other documentation depending on the nature of the upgrade. Methods for calculating energy savings are specified by the Rule, which undergoes continual refinement and development.

Wattly specialises in the ESS scheme through:

Partnering with Wattly

Wattly partners with businesses involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy installations to enable them to financial based incentives under the state and federal schemes.

Wattly partners with both energy efficiency installation companies, electricians, equipment suppliers and end businesses performing upgrade

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