The Clean Energy Council maintains a list of compliant inverters and power conversion equipment (PCE) that is approved for installation under the Renewable Energy Certificate scheme. This list is also used by some Distribution Network Service Providers to validate inverter energy system applications.
The equipment listed has shown sufficient evidence that it meets the required safety standards for usage within Australia. Evidence of compliance, in the form of Certificates of Suitability have been examined and verified by the Clean Energy Council.
Inverters and network requirements
Listing of an inverter or PCE on the CEC approved product list does not grant automatic rights of connection of these devices to networks. Individual network distributors may have additional requirements above and beyond the CEC list requirements.
The CEC accepts certificates from the following Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) accredited certifying bodies or state electrical regulators:
- Australian Safety Approvals (ASA) (JAS-ANZ)
- Conformity Certification Services Pty Ltd (CCS) (JAS-ANZ)
- Electrical Safety Office (Qld)
- Energy Safe Victoria (ESV)
- ITACS (JAS-ANZ)
- Office of Fair Trading (NSW)
- SAA Approvals (JAS-ANZ)
- SGS Systems (JAS-ANZ)
- TUV Rheinland Australia (JAS-ANZ)
Note: if you have certificates from a non JAS-ANZ accredited organisation, we advise that you submit these and their accompanying test reports to a state electrical regulator for assessment, in order to obtain a Certificate of Suitability from that state regulator.
The certificate from the state regulator can then be uploaded with the application. State regulators are Energy Safe Victoria, Electrical Safety Office (Queensland) and Office of Fair Trading (New South Wales).
An inverter that is not designed to inject power into the grid, and is used for the supply of extra-low (ELV) and/or low voltage (LV) electric power to a single load, or an electrical installation via batteries or a renewable resource, PV, wind, hydro etc. The inverter may or may not contain a charging function.
Stand-alone inverters with connection ports for ELV batteries must be isolated type only. The CEC will not list non-isolated (transformerless) stand-alone inverters, as these do not comply with the installation requirements of AS 4509.1 (refer to Clause 9.3.3).
An inverter that operates in more than one mode; for example, having grid-interactive functionality when mains voltage is present, and stand-alone functionality when mains supply is de-energised or disconnected. A stand-alone inverter that can inject energy into the grid would be considered a multiple-mode inverter.
Power conversion equipment (PCE)
An electrical device that converts one kind of electrical power from a voltage or current source into another kind of electrical power with respect to voltage, current and frequency. This listing category is for devices which are not inverters, but are connected between a PV array source and an application circuit. Examples include DC/DC converters and charge controllers. DC Conditioning units are not considered to be PCE (see AS/NZS 5033:2014, Clause 2.1.5).
The CEC does not currently include requirements for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) in Approved Product listing requirements for inverters and PCE. Certification of installed equipment for EMC may be required under other regulations (e.g. state electrical Regulations).
The Clean Energy Council does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice). The information provided here is done so on the basis that all persons using the information undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. Please note carefully that Certificates of Suitability may no longer be current. Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.