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One in 3 suitable homes now having rooftop solar panels, making Australia the country with the highest uptake of household solar in the world.
There are incentives and rebates available to assist with some of the costs associated with the install.
The Clean Energy Council's
Buying Solar guide explains technical information that will help you decide on the solar system that is best for you.
On the day of installation, you should check that your installer is the person you were told they would be and ask to see their accreditation and licence details. If your installer is not on site for the whole installation (that is, they are overseeing the installation), then your installer should be on-site for at least the job setup, mid-install and commissioning.
After the installation is complete, you should check that the installation is satisfactory and operational and be given instructions on how to operate the system. You may be asked to sign a paperwork. Please ensure you review any documentation and understand what you are signing.
You may also be invited to participate in the Clean Energy Regulator’s
solar panel inspection program. This program offers a free inspection of your system using a qualified inspector. This may occur up to 12 months after the installation and is by invitation only.
Solar Panel Validation Initiative is a partnership between the Australian Government and the Australian solar industry. The initiative aims to protect consumers from non-genuine solar panels.
Solar panel validation has been available from July 2018. There are a number of solar businesses participating in the Solar Panel Validation Initiative with more signing up every month.
Find a list of participating solar panel brands.
Unfortunately, a small number of businesses have been importing and installing substandard solar panels.
To be confident that your new solar panels meet Australian standards and have a warranty you can trust, ask your retailer to provide you with evidence that your solar panels have been validated as genuine.
The evidence should provide confirmation that your installed solar panels have been verified as genuine. The record should also include information such as the make and model of your solar panels, their serial numbers, the time and date of validation and a reference number for your record.
For information about consumer protection and solar panel purchase agreements, see Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC)
purchasing a solar system.
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