It is essential that Clean Energy Council-accredited installers own and use the relevant standards for design and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Standards can be purchased from Standards Australia.

The standards are as follows:

AS 4509 Stand-alone power systems

  • Part 1: Safety and installation
  • Part 2: Design guidelines

AS 4086 Secondary batteries for SPS

  • Part 2: Installation and maintenance

AS/NZS 5033 Installation of photovoltaic (PV) arrays

The latest version of AS/NZS 5033 was released on 6 November 2014. The CEC has prepared a summary of the latest changes for installers.

Other relevant standards include:

  • AS/NZS 3000 Electrical Wiring Rules
  • AS 1768 Lightning Protection
  • AS/NZS 1170.2 Wind Loads
  • AS 4777 Grid Connections of Energy Systems via Inverters

Maintenance of systems

It is the responsibility of all accredited installers to advise the owner of a system if it does not comply with the current standards. This could be as a result of weathering, damage or an upgrading of the standards themselves.

It should be noted that with the advent of AS/NZS 5033 there has been a strengthening of the standards applicable to PV array installations. This is also the case for AS 4777, for the standards on grid-connection of energy systems via inverters. AS 4509 is currently being revised so stay tuned for news on the changes to it.

Manufacturing and importing standards

Since the advent of the new rebate schemes, the Clean Energy Council has received many enquiries from importers wishing to bring components and entire PV systems into the country.

There are several requirements to be met. More details on these are available on the products page.

Competition and Consumer Act

We suggest you familiarise yourself with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. This act applies to most aspects of business including advertising and consumer transactions.