The Clean Energy Regulator has partnered with industry to implement the Solar Panel Validation (SPV) Initiative. SPV aims to protect the integrity of the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) and give industry and consumers an easy way to check and confirm that solar panels:
SPV is made up of two parts — an app for installers to use on a mobile device and a database of serial numbers for approved solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, received directly from manufacturers. Installers use the app to scan solar panel serial numbers, which are then checked against a database to ensure they correspond to verified serial numbers for panels approved by the Clean Energy Council.
SPV provides customers with an electronic record of confirmation their installed solar panels are verified as part of SPV. The record includes information such as the make and model of the solar panels, their serial numbers, the time and date of installation and the location. Customers are now asking solar businesses if they are participating in SPV and for a record of verification for their solar panels.
SPV is available for all scheme participants to begin using existing apps for approved solar panel manufacturers.
Applications to create small-scale technology certificates (STCs) submitted with verified solar panel information 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 verified solar panel information may undergo a more detailed assessment.
Participate now as an industry leader to protect your industry, your brand and your reputation.
If you are a retailer, installer or registered agent you can start using SPV as an app user by contacting one of the solar industry partners below to determine the app that is right for you.
For further information please see:
Join other leading manufacturers listed above and provide serial number data for SPV. This will help to assure consumers that your product meets Australian standards and protect your brand.
For further information contact one of the solar industry partners below and also check out the:
Any manufacturers seeking to participate must:
The Clean Energy Regulator may also conduct background checks on manufacturers or importers seeking to participate in SPV.
1300 336 723
(02) 9279 4704
02 9086 9184
07 3387 1810
1300 789 411
1300 438 000
0411 297 857
0412 707 295
0410 598 844
If you are interested in developing your own app or verification service to operate under SPV 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 chain with an understanding of the benefits of using SPV. Watch the videos on our
SPV video page.
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