The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has flagged the changes with Registered Agents, who are authorised to create the Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) that form the basis of Australia’s major solar subsidy. It appears Registered Agents will be bearing a great deal of responsibility in monitoring this, as STC creation for systems that breach the above guidelines is not permitted.
“STCs that have been improperly created will be failed and subject to enforcement and/or administrative activity,” says the Regulator.
The Regulator says it closely monitors registered agents and installers to ensure compliance with CEC installation guidelines.
The CER states the new guidelines come into force on Saturday, June 29, but the CEC has the date as Monday, July 1. The full guidelines can be downloaded here.
Solar quality issues recently came under the spotlight in Australia via an ABC report on shonky solar that generated a lot of interest and concern. Some of the information in the ABC’s segment was drawn from an audit report published by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) last year.
As SQ’s Finn and Ronald have previously stated, another way to improve solar installation quality in Australia generally is a more robust solar power system inspection regime.
“If you refuse to buy the cheapest system on the market, do your research into panel brands, inverter brands and solar installation companies you are highly unlikely to get a low quality install.”