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 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 the panels are verified as genuine and approved by the Clean Energy Council.
SPV provides customers with an electronic record of confirmation their installed solar panels are verified as part of the 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 panels 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 panels may undergo a more detailed assessment.
Participate now as an industry leader to protect your industry, your brand and your reputation. Industry and government are seeking full participation across all parts of the solar industry.
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.
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.
02 9086 9184
0411 297 857
0412 707 295
0410 598 844
If you are interested in developing your own app or validation service to operate under SPV Initiative 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 with an understanding of the benefits of using solar panel validation. Watch the videos here on our
solar panel validation video page.
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