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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- Solar energy to be cost competitive with coal and nuclear by 2020: McKinsley - 23 April, 2012
- Gross Metering Details for Energy Australia New South Wales - 9 February, 2010
- List of CEC (formerly BCSE) Approved Solar Energy Components - 5 November, 2009