No matter how much you pay for a solar power system or what system components you choose, you will not enjoy the full benefits of your installation if it fails in any way due to poor workmanship.
There is also a safety factor involved as is with anything that involves electricity. A solar power system should only ever be installed by a qualified electrical contractor who is accredited with the Australian Clean Energy Council, this should insure that all work is done to the correct Australia safety standards.
Solar PV accreditation is a qualification that demonstrates competence in design and/or installation of solar power systems. To be eligible for government incentives such as RECs, solar credits and feed-in tariffs the installer must be accredited by the Clean Energy Council a Clean Energy Council accredited solar designer/installer -
- has completed necessary solar specific training courses
- signs on to a Code of Conduct
- is bound by the accreditation Terms and Conditions
- Follows the CEC guidelines, Australian Standards and all other relevant regulations
The aims of the accreditation scheme are -
1- to improve the safety, performance and reliability of solar photovoltaic power systems installed in the field;
2- to encourage industry Best Practice for all design and installation work involving solar photovoltaic power systems (see Accreditation Standards and Accreditation Rules);
3- to provide a network of competent solar photovoltaic power systems designers and installers;
4- to increase the uptake of solar photovoltaic power systems to generate electricity, by giving customers increased confidence in the design and installation work.