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Rooftop Solar Sector Review

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03 March 2021
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At the request of the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Clean Energy Regulator, with the support of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, has been investigating the issues raised in a range of reports focused on the integrity of the rooftop solar sector.

The Rooftop Solar Sector Review and Government response are currently being finalised and the findings will be released in due course.

The review was announced by the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction on 24 August 2020. The process was supported by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

This follows unprecedented growth in the sector and a range of reports of consumer issues including defective installations, misuse of accreditation details, and safety and quality concerns.

This a review into the rooftop solar sector; it is not a review of the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) incentive.

Terms of Reference

The review considered:

  1. The effectiveness of the accreditation process of installers, including ongoing compliance arrangements, to ensure systems are installed by persons who are appropriately trained, competent, and operate with integrity.
  2. The effectiveness of the approval process for key components (i.e. solar PV panels and inverters), including ongoing compliance arrangements, to ensure components comply with relevant product standards.
  3. The effectiveness of the SRES legislative framework and processes in ensuring the compliance of solar PV retailers and installers with their obligations under the scheme and protecting consumers against inappropriate sales and installation practices including financing.
  4. The need for amendments to the SRES regulatory framework and processes to improve integrity, accountability and consumer protection measures in the rooftop solar PV sector.

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