At the request of the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Clean Energy Regulator (the agency), with the support of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), conducted a review into the rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) sector.
The review was called following unprecedented growth in the rooftop solar PV sector and a range of reports of consumer issues including defective installations, misuse of installer accreditation details, and safety and quality concerns.
The agency made 13 recommendations to the Australian Government (12 accepted, one noted) to improve the integrity of the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) regulatory framework. The recommendations cover 3 broad themes:
The Government supports the review’s recommendations, including:
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The Australian Government has committed $19.2 million to implement the recommendations in the Integrity Review of the Rooftop Solar PV Sector.
The funding will be used to support development of reforms to improve the integrity of the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme and better protect consumers.
Amendments to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 will be required to implement the proposed reforms made in the Integrity Review of the Rooftop Solar PV Sector.
The Australian Government will consult on the regulatory changes in late 2021 and feedback from stakeholders will inform the final implementation details and timing of the reforms. This process will be run by DISER with the support of the agency.
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