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Installation requirements for small-scale systems

05 May 2021

​Before designing or installing a small-scale system you must be aware of a number of requirements which will determine if the system is eligible for small-scale technology certificates after it is installed.

Small technology certificates are created based on the day a system is fully installed, capable of producing electricity or delivering hot water, and classified as a complete installation by the Clean Energy Regulator.

Before designing or installing a small-scale renewable energy system you must:

  • hold AUD5 million in public liability insurance
  • be accredited by the Clean Energy Council to design and install small-scale renewable energy systems eligible under the scheme
  • hold an unrestricted electrical licence issued by the state or territory authority for the place where the unit was installed
  • ensure the components to be installed as part of the system are listed on the Clean Energy Council list of approved products, including:
    • AS/NZS 5033 Compliant PV Modules
    • tested and approved grid connected inverters (which includes off grid inverters).

During the installation you must:

  • ensure you comply with the Clean Energy Council code of conduct for installations
  • ensure the installation complies with the Clean Energy Council design and install guidelines
  • ensure the installation complies with the following standards, where applicable:
    • AS/NZS 5033, Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays
    • AS/NZS 1170.2, Structural design actions, Part 2: Wind actions
    • AS/NZS 4509.1, Stand-alone power systems, Part 1: Safety and installation
    • AS 4086.2, Secondary batteries for use with stand-alone power systems, Part 2: Installation and maintenance
    • AS/NZS 3000, Wiring Rules
    • AS/NZS 1768, Lightning protection
    • AS 4777, Grid connection of energy systems via inverters.

After the installation, you must provide the Clean Energy Regulator with signed documents which certify your compliance with the above requirements.  These documents must be obtained prior to the creation of certificates.

The Clean Energy Regulator reserves the right to impose penalties on individuals who provide false or misleading information which results in the improper creation of small-scale technology certificates. See scheme compliance for more information.

Electrical work

To be eligible to create small-scale technology certificates, the system must be installed by a licensed electrician. If the electrical wiring does not involve alternating current of 50 or more volts and direct current of 120 or more volts, then the system must be installed by a person that has relevant training, experience and qualifications to perform the work.

Installer attendance must be in accordance with the Clean Energy Council (CEC) install and supervise guidelines for accredited installers (in particular, section six). The CEC accredited installer must either undertake the installation or supervise the installation by others and physically attend the site at job set-up, mid-installation check-up and testing and commissioning).

Installation attendance

As the CEC accredited installer of a small-scale renewable energy system, you must be able to demonstrate that you have attended the installation at the address listed on the compulsory written statements and/or the small-scale technology certificate assignment form​.

Proof of your attendance at the installation must include a written statement by the system owner or their appointed representative. In the event a representative is nominated by the owner of the system, the written statement should explain the relationship between the owner and their representative e.g. tenant, relative, neighbour. A builder or property developer may also provide the written statement, as long as they are not also acting as the Clean Energy Council installer.

The agency may request additional information to demonstrate you were on site in accordance, with section six of the Clean Energy Council install and supervise guidelines for accredited installers. Failure to provide requested additional information confirming the system meets scheme eligibility criteria may result in claims for small-scale technology certificates being failed.

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