Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator (CER) administers schemes legislated by the Australian Government for measuring, managing, reducing or offsetting Australia’s carbon emissions.
In 2018 CER launched a new scheme called the Solar Panel Validation Initiative. Recently, CER released an article encouraging the remaining solar industry players to jump on board with the initiative.
What is the Solar Panel Validation Initiative?
According to CER’s initial statement, the goal of the SPV Initiative is “to address the installation of unapproved solar panels in the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).”
The SPV Initiative ensures consumers know if the panels they are planning to buy are:
backed by manufacturer warranties
meet Australian standards for quality and performance
are eligible for small-scale technology certificates.
Which Solar Manufacturers are Already Part of the Initiative?
The following solar panel manufacturers are participating in the SPV Initiative:
Hanwha Q Cells
Australian solar retailers and installers who sell and install these panels can get information on how to start using a validation app here.
Updates to the Solar Panel Validation Initiative in 2019
As mentioned earlier, CER released an article on 12 Feb 2019 encouraging the remaining solar retailers, installers and manufacturers to take advantage of the initiative and help Australia’s growing solar industry to be a quality one.
Here are the key updates to the SPV Initiative in 2019:
Applications for STCs with validated solar panels will be processed more quickly – typically within 48 hours.
STC processing times are planned to reduce even further to as fast as 24 hours from March 2019.
CER are currently developing a SPV logo “to support the positive reputation of SPV, to drive industry participation and increase consumer awareness of SPV.” Similar to the CEC logos displayed by CEC approved retailers, it is believed the future SPV logo can be used by manufacturers, installers and retailers who use the SPV Initiative apps and services to conduct business.
Customer records are being made available so consumers have evidence that their panels are genuine and have been validated.
Solar Panel Validation Will Help Protect Against Cheap Solar and Dodgy Installers
Solar Trust Centre is dedicated to informing consumers about schemes like the SPV Initiative so they know what questions to ask when purchasing solar. Don’t end up with a cheap solar system that will cost you more in the long run.
Here are some other relevant articles to help you know what to look for when purchasing solar: