Installing solar panels is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, save money on energy bills, and increase the value of your property. However, it is vital to use an accredited installer to ensure that the job is done correctly and safely.
Accreditation in the solar industry refers to a set of standards and requirements made by the Clean Energy Council. These standards ensure that installers have the necessary skills, knowledge and equipment to perform quality work. Recently, there have been some changes to these standards and we thought it would be a great opportunity to share a bit more on what the standards are and why they’re so important.
What is the new solar panel accreditation?
The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has developed the New Energy Tech Consumer Code (NETCC) as a replacement for the previous Approved Solar Retailer (ASR) program. This updated industry standard was developed to promote best practices and consumer protections in the renewable energy industry. The code outlines a set of principles that industry participants are expected to follow. These include ensuring that consumers have access to accurate and transparent information about products and services, providing clear and fair contracts, and resolving disputes in a timely and efficient manner. By following these principles, the CEC aims to build consumer confidence in the renewable energy sector and support the transition to a more sustainable energy future.
Why go with an accredited solar panel installer
Choosing to hire an accredited business is very important to making sure your solar panel installation goes smoothly. Here are just a few reasons to choose accredited businesses:
1. Quality assurance
Accredited installers have undergone rigorous training and certification processes. This ensures that they have the knowledge and skills needed to install solar panels safely and effectively. By choosing an accredited installer, you can rest assured that your installation will meet industry standards and regulations.
Installing solar panels can be dangerous if not done properly. Accredited installers are trained in safety protocols and are equipped with the necessary equipment to ensure that the installation process is safe for everyone involved. In addition, accredited installers are required to have insurance in case of accidents or damages.
3. Access to incentives
In Australia, there are a number of incentives and rebates available to homeowners who install solar panels. However, in order to qualify for these incentives, your installation must be completed by an accredited installer. By working with an accredited installer, you can ensure that you’re eligible for any incentives that may be available to you.
4. Warranty protection
Many solar panel manufacturers require that installations be completed by accredited installers in order for the warranty to be valid. If you choose an uncertified installer and something goes wrong with your installation, you may not be covered by your warranty. By choosing an accredited installer, you can ensure that your installation is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
How to find an accredited solar panel installer
To find an accredited solar panel installer in Australia, you can visit the Clean Energy Council’s website and use their “Find an installer” search tool. This tool allows you to search for accredited installers by location, system size, and other criteria.
Here’s how to use the tool:
- Go to the Clean Energy Council’s website at www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au
- Click on the “For consumers” tab in the top navigation menu
- Click on the “Find an installer” option
- Enter your postcode or suburb to find accredited installers in your area
- Use the search filters to refine your results by system size, product type, and other criteria
- Review the list of accredited installers and their profiles to choose the one that best fits your needs
- Contact the installer to request a quote or schedule a consultation
In summary, choosing an accredited installer for your solar panel installation is crucial for quality assurance, safety, access to incentives, and warranty protection. When selecting an installer, make sure to check their accreditation and ask for references to ensure that you’re working with a qualified and reputable professional.
PowerSmart Solutions is proud to be an accredited solar installer providing services up and down the east coast of Australia. If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to solar, contact us to chat about what your home or business needs.