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Solar Panel Validation Initiative

20 September 2018
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The Clean Energy Regulator has partnered with industry to implement the Solar Panel Validation Initiative to address the installation of unapproved solar panels in the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).

Solar panel validation aims to protect the integrity of the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, the industry and consumers by providing an easy way to check and confirm that panels are genuine and approved panels, meaning they are backed by manufacturer warranties, meet Australian standards for quality and performance and are eligible for small-scale technology certificates.

Solar panel validation is made up of two parts — an app for installers to use on a mobile device and a database of verified serial numbers for solar panels, received directly from manufacturers. Installers use the app to scan solar panel serial numbers, which are then checked against a database to ensure they are genuine and approved.

Serial Number Project Concept
Installer scans serial number
Step 1: Installer scans
Request for validation sent to manufacturer or third party database
Step 2: Request for validation
Installer receives signed data package
Step 3: Installer receives
Customer receives signed data package
Step 4a: Customer receives
Agent receives signed data package and sends to the Clean Energy Regulator
Step 4b: Agent receives
Clean Energy Regulator validates certificates
Step 5: Clean Energy Regulator validates

Solar panel validation now available

Solar panel validation is now available for all scheme participants to begin using existing apps for approved solar panel manufacturers:

  • Canadian Solar
  • Hanwha Q Cells
  • Jinko Solar
  • LG Electronics
  • ReneSola
  • Risen Energy
  • Winaico, and
  • Yingli Solar.

Applications to create small-scale technology certificates (STC) submitted with validated solar panels are likely to be processed more quickly – typically within 48 hours, subject to the application successfully meeting all eligibility requirements under the scheme.

STC applications submitted without validated solar panels may undergo a more detailed assessment.

How to sign up

Get in early as an industry leader to protect your industry, your brand and your reputation. Industry and government are seeking full participation across all parts of the solar industry.

App users

If you are a retailer, installer or registered agent you can start using solar panel validation as an app user by contacting one of our solar panel validation partners below to determine the app that is right for you.

Manufacturers

Join other leading manufacturers listed above and provide serial number data for the initiative. This will help to assure consumers of the quality of your product and protect your brand.

For further information contact one​ our solar panel validation partners below and also check out the:

documentasset::manufacturers prospectus.

Any manufacturers seeking to participate must:

Part of the on-boarding process will also involve the agency conducting background checks on manufacturers or importers seeking to participate in the Solar Panel Validation Initiative.

Solar panel validation partners

Benefits of solar panel validation

Validating solar panels before they are installed is important as it:

  • lets consumers know they are getting genuine brand that meet Australian standards and come with the stated warranty
  • lets installers know they are installing the right panels
  • lowers the risk of fraud to agents
  • protects retailers from financial penalty and reputational damage, and
  • helps the Australian Government and the solar industry to uphold the integrity of the scheme.

Want to know more?

We have developed of series of short videos to provide each group in the SRES supply with an understanding of the benefits of using solar panel validation. Watch the videos here on our solar panel validation video page.

documentasset::Solar Panel Validation Initiative an innovative regulatory story - transcript

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