Under the Renewable Energy Target, the Clean Energy Regulator is required to conduct random inspections on small-scale generation units which have had small-scale technology certificates created against them.
Inspections are conducted to ensure that selected systems meet all the
installation requirements of the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, and were eligible for small-scale technology certificates at the time the system was installed.
As a result of inspections, the Clean Energy Regulator is able to identify and act on improperly created certificates, installations that do not meet the electrical and building standards of Australia, and installers that have breached the Clean Energy Council accreditation guidelines.
Inspections carried out under the scheme will incur no charge to the owner of the system.
Small-scale Renewable Energy scheme inspections are not available on request. Inspections are selected at random by the Clean Energy Regulator to develop an informed view on the level of compliance across all installations and ensure installed systems meet all the requirements under the scheme.
Throughout the inspection process, the Clean Energy Regulator is responsible for:
The Clean Energy Regulator is not responsible for electrical and building safety. This responsibility lies with the state and territory government and electrical regulators.
Throughout the inspection process, the Clean Energy Regulator appointed inspector is responsible for:
Throughout the inspection process, state and territory and local government bodies are responsible for:
To appoint an inspector, the Clean Energy Regulator identifies a person or organisation that is independent of the designer or installer of the system, and does not have a conflict of interest in relation to the system installation.
All inspectors appointed by the Clean Energy Regulator must:
During the on-site inspection, the appointed inspector:
Each quarter, the Clean Energy Regulator publishes an inspections update to provide a summary of the inspection scheme including:
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In addition to the quarterly inspections updates published by the Clean Energy Regulator, a sample of small-scale generation unit inspections has been analysed to investigate significant trends and long-term estimates.
This data analysis works to support state and territory governments and the Clean Energy Council in carrying out their responsibilities to effectively regulate electrical safety in relation to roof top solar photovoltaic panel installations across Australia.
The 2015 data analysis report prepared by DSI Consulting Pty Ltd, analyses data collected from the Clean Energy Regulator’s inspection program since 2011 and is an update of previous reports tabled to the Renewable Energy Target Inspections Advisory Committee (RIAC) and published by the Clean Energy Regulator.
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