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At the request of the then Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Clean Energy Regulator (CER), 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 CER 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.
A public consultation on an exposure draft of proposed amendments to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 (REE Regulations) was conducted by DISER with the support of the CER from 22 October to 12 November 2021.
The Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme and Other Measures) Regulations 2021 became law on 17 December 2021.
The updated regulations can be accessed via the
Federal Register of Legislation.
The new regulations commenced in various stages throughout 2022. The first phase commenced on 1 April 2022. This included:
From 1 July 2022, the CER commenced the
second phase of changes to the SRES.
During phase 2 changes, the CER:
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