The reality of the situation in Australia is that there is a diverse number of panels, inverters and installers in the solar industry. These three factors are the most important and vital to customers looking at installing a solar energy system on their properties. If even one of these considerations turns out to be unreliable, the entire project is undermined, and thousands of dollars worth of investment can be compromised. In order to establish a standard under which all installers and their components can be held as trustworthy and dependable, the Clean Energy Council has an accreditation system called CEC Accreditation (formely called BCSE accreditation).
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In order for an installer to become CEC accredited, they must prove their components and workmanship are up to a strict standard. So long as the panels and inverters are CEC approved, then one can be assured of their quality and reliability.
For a list of all solar energy PV modules that currently hold CEC accreditation in Australia click here.
And similarly for the list of accredited inverters click here.
Ensure that both the inverters and panels your installer is providing are listed on those two summaries.
One final note to consider; some installers can re-brand panels to have different names. This can be in accordance with supply agreements or to create a prominent image in the industry under one encompassing name. If you cannot find the panel or inverter on the CEC lists, then ask the installer if they have re-branded the component. If they have done so, check the original name of the manufacturer against those lists, as the component may still be up to standard.
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- Gross Metering Details for Energy Australia New South Wales - 9 February, 2010
- List of CEC (formerly BCSE) Approved Solar Energy Components - 5 November, 2009
Dear clean energy council
Are u able to give me some advice on how I might obtain and use solar energy to power a screen that is set up to replay a short video loop as part of an art installation?
Thanks for your comment. You seem to be mistake–we are not the Clean Energy Council. The above article is about the CEC, but Solar Choice has no official affiliation with them.
Solar Choice is a brokering service for residential and commercial solar PV systems. For something of the size you are suggesting (I presume it would be small), I would recommend that you visit alibaba.com and search for solar energy products.
Best of luck!
Could you please advise if CMS brand is an accredited inverter wsupplier?
A number of CMS brand inverters are approved on the CEC list. Please click here to see the approved inverter list.
There is no online list, but lists can be downloaded at:
CEC accreditation (this is a list of installers): http://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/cec/accreditation/Solar-PV-accreditation/findaninstaller.html
accredited modules and inverters can be downloaded from one page: http://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/cec/accreditation/Solar-PV-accreditation/approvedproducts.html
We got all excited about the green loan mentioned on that page only to realise it was last updated feb 2009. Just thought I’d mention it.
can’t open your list of currentof pv modules that currently hold cec accredition in australia hope his is stil lavailable thanks john doyle
Hi John. I’ve fixed the link.
can someone tell me if sopray solar panels are approved and has anyone had experience with them?
We like SunSaver to instal a 1.5 KW system but would like to know their license number before we commit.Regards Helmut.
The two “click here” links do not work.
Thanks, Greg. The two links have been fixed.
Please note that the BCSE no longer exists. In 2008 it became part of a merger that is now the Clean Energy Council. For details on the Clean Energy Council accreditation including approved modules listings please visit http://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au
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Thanks Nikki, our post has been updated to reflect those changes.
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