Due to the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19 including current Government policy on social distancing, we have temporarily suspended the requirement for
appointed solar panel installation inspectors to inspect components installed in roof cavities.
While this suspension will remove the requirement for inspectors to enter the home during the inspection, our expectation is that inspectors ensure inspections are fully conducted in all other aspects.
Under the Renewable Energy Target (RET), the Clean Energy Regulator (the agency) is required to conduct random inspections on small 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 (SRES), and were eligible for small-scale technology certificates at the time the system was installed.
As a result of inspections, the agency can 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 (CEC) accreditation guidelines.
Inspections carried out under the scheme will incur no charge to the owner of the system.
Inspections are not available on request. Inspections are selected at random by the agency 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 agency is responsible for:
The agency 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 agency appointed inspector is responsible for:
Throughout the inspection process, state and territory and local government bodies are responsible for:
To appoint an inspector, the agency 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 agency must:
During the on-site inspection, the appointed inspector:
The agency publishes inspections updates to provide a summary of the inspection scheme including:
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In addition to the inspection updates published by the agency, a sample of small generation unit inspections have been analysed to investigate significant trends and long-term estimates.
This data analysis works to support state and territory governments and the CEC in carrying out their responsibilities to effectively regulate electrical safety in relation to roof top solar photovoltaic panel installations across Australia.
The 2018 data analysis report prepared by Bond University Ltd, analyses data collected from the agency’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 agency.
The agency has prepared an
Analysis of Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme Inspection Data to Assess Photovoltaic System Residual Systemic Electrical Safety Risks report in response to the recommendation by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) during its 2018 review of the administration of the Renewable Energy Target.
The report found that in the small number of cases where PV systems are potentially unsafe, water entering DC isolators (a disconnect switch) is the most common cause.
The report recommends state and territory governments consider:
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