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Integrity Review of the Rooftop Solar PV Sector

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16 September 2021
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Integrity review of the rooftop solar PV sector

At the request of the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Clean Energy Regulator (the agency), 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 agency 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:

  1. tightening SRES eligibility requirements for installers
  2. tightening SRES eligibility requirements for solar panels and inverters, and
  3. promoting better consumer outcomes, including by placing new legal obligations on solar retailers under the SRES.

The Government supports the review’s recommendations, including:

  • giving the agency responsibility for setting the rules and frameworks for an installer accreditation scheme and the listing of eligible solar components
  • implementing new and streamlined reporting requirements for installers, solar retailers and manufacturers
  • giving the agency more effective powers to monitor and enforce compliance, including the ability to suspend installers, disqualify retailers and de-list components, and
  • developing consumer information and an online tool to help consumers navigate the rooftop solar PV sector, empowering consumers with the information they need to make informed choices about rooftop solar PV.

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Funding package

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.

Next steps

Amendments to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001 will be required to implement the proposed reforms made in the Integrity Review of the Rooftop Solar PV Sector.

The Australian Government will consult on the regulatory changes in late 2021 and feedback from stakeholders will inform the final implementation details and timing of the reforms. This process will be run by DISER with the support of the agency.


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