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Solar Panel Validation Initiative

29 May 2020
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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:

  • are backed by manufacturer warranties,
  • meet Australian standards for quality and performance, and
  • are eligible for small-scale technology certificates.

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.

Solar Panel Validation - How it works
Step 1: Installer scans
Step 2: Request for validation
Step 3: Installer receives
Step 4: Consumer receives
Step 5: Clean Energy Regulator validates

Participation

SPV is available for all scheme participants to begin using existing apps for approved solar panel manufacturers.

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Participating solar panel brands

  • Akcome
  • Aleo Solar GmbH
  • Axitec Energy Australia Pty Ltd
  • Blue Sun Group
  • BYD
  • Canadian Solar
  • Chint Solar
  • Das Solar
  • EGing
  • ET Solar
  • GCL SI
  • Hanwha Q Cells
  • HT-SAAE
  • Hyundai Energy Solutions Co Ltd
  • Infinity New Energy
  • JA Solar
  • JINERGY
  • Jinko Solar
  • Leapton Solar
  • LG Electronics
  • Lightway
  • Longi Solar Australia
  • Opal Solar
  • Powerwave
  • REC Solar
  • Risen Energy
  • Seraphim
  • SolarEdge
  • Solarhart
  • Solaria
  • SolarWatt
  • SUMEC/Phono Solar Australia
  • SunPower
  • Suntech Solar
  • Talesun
  • Tindo Solar
  • Trina Solar​
  • Trunsun Solar
  • TW Solar
  • United Renewable Energy (URE)
  • Winaico
  • Yingli Solar, and
  • ZNShine Solar.

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.

How to sign up

Participate now as an industry leader to protect your industry, your brand and your reputation.

App users

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:

Manufacturers

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.

Industry partners

App and verification service development

If you are interested in developing your own app or verification service to operate under SPV please contact cer-solarpanelvalidation@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au

Benefits of solar panel validation

Validating solar panels before they are installed is important as it:

  • lets consumers know they are getting a brand that meet Australian standards and come with the stated warranty
  • lets installers know they are installing the right panels
  • lowers the risk of fraud to agents
  • protects retailers from financial penalty and reputational damage, and
  • helps the Australian Government and the solar industry to uphold the integrity of the scheme.

Want to know more?

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.

documentasset::Solar Panel Validation Initiative an innovative regulatory story - transcript

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