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 helps 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.
Solar panel validation also provides customers with an electronic record of confirmation their installed solar panels are verified as part of the Solar Panel Validation Initiative. The record includes information such as the make and model of the solar panels, their serial numbers, the time and date of validation and the installation location. Customers are now asking solar businesses if they are participating in solar panel validation and for a record of validation for their solar panels.
Solar panel validation is now available for all scheme participants to begin using existing apps for approved solar panel manufacturers.
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.
Participate now 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.
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.
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:
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.
02 9086 9184
0411 297 857
0412 707 295
0410 598 844
If you are interested in developing your own app or validation service to operate under the Solar Panel Validation Initiative please contact
Validating solar panels before they are installed is important as it:
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.
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