The Clean Energy Council maintains the database and website listing of AS/NZS 5033-compliant photovoltaic (PV) modules, which is used by the Clean Energy Regulator and State electricity regulators.
Applying for PV module approved product listing
To apply for a PV module listing please follow the following steps.
New versions of IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 were published in 2016. The CEC will require compliance to these new standards according to the timeline below. Thin film modules are now incorporated as a part of the IEC 61215 family of standards (IEC 61215-1-2, -3, -4).
Please note that there is a later compliance date for those modules which are listed under the new Terms and Conditions. That is, those applications for listing received after 12 March 2016.
|1 Sept 2017||All crystalline PV module listing applications must demonstrate compliance with new versions of IEC 61215 and IEC 61730|
|1 Jan 2018||All thin film PV module listing applications must demonstrate compliance with the new versions of IEC 61215 and IEC 61730|
|1 Feb 2018||All listed crystalline PV modules not on new T&Cs, must demonstrate compliance with new versions of IEC 61215 and IEC 61730|
|1 Apr 2018||All listed thin film PV modules not on new T&Cs, must demonstrate compliance with new versions of IEC 61215 and IEC 61730|
|1 Dec 2018||All listed PV modules on new T&Cs, must demonstrate compliance with new versions of IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 (unless IEC certification expires before this date, in which case you will need to re-apply earlier).|
The CEC requires that modules are Fire Class C per UL790 under IEC 61730 certification.
PV modules installed in Australia must be CEC listed as compliant with AS/NZS 5033 'Installation and safety requirements for photovoltaic (PV) arrays', regardless of whether a rebate is sought.
This standard is called up by AS 3000, which is legislated in each state. Section 4 states that modules shall be compliant with IEC 61730 and either IEC 61215 or IEC 61646.
- PV systems above 50 volts (open circuit) or 240 watts rated power must meet Application Class A of IEC 61730.
- PV modules installed on buildings must also be certified as meeting Fire Safety Class C or better per UL 790.
- Roof integrated modules may have additional requirements under the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
- For PV systems with total power of less than 240W and open circuit voltage less than 50 volts, modules do not need to meet IEC 61730 Class A, however they should meet 61730 Class C. Class B modules are not to be used in Australia.
Installer Note: PV modules must be on the CEC approved product list at the time of installation. Please ensure you check regularly. Modules may be de-listed at any time.
Modules may be removed from the list if the certificate on which the listing was based becomes invalid, or the modules were found not to conform to the certificate. There are various reasons that this can happen, such as the manufacturer has neglected or failed an annual factory audit by the certifier.
If a module is to be removed from the list, the CEC advises the manufacturer of impending delisting and tells them to notify their distributors in Australia. In some instances, installers may not receive this notification.
Please note: As of 1 November 2016, modules without certification to IEC 61730-1 and -2 with the following amendments have been de-listed.
- IEC 61730-1 Amendment 1:2011 + Amendment 2:2013
- IEC 61730-2 Amendment 1:2011
Installer Note: Check the label
The Clean Energy Council's listing of AS 5033-compliant PV module shows the certificate holder, model number, power rating and certifier for each approved module.
This must correspond directly with the module label.
The modules must be advertised and sold under the certificate name and model numbers which are used on the CEC list. Brand names may only be used in association with the certificate holder name and must be owned by the certificate holder.
The module label must show the correct TUV Certifier Mark (logo) corresponding to the CEC listing. Installers or inspectors may send a photo of the label to firstname.lastname@example.org to check against the CEC file copy.
On the CEC list, PV modules are listed using the certificate holder name, and the model numbers shown on this certificate.
If a business wishes to sell modules which are manufactured by another company under their own brand name, then this business must obtain a co-licence certificate in their own name, which shows their own model numbers. They must then apply to have these co-licenced modules listed separately by the CEC.
Module testing laboratories and certifiers
Module testing must be performed by a test laboratory approved to test PV modules to these standards under the IECEE scheme. The certificate must be issued by a national certifying body (NCB) associated with that laboratory, who are accredited to certify PV module testing under the IECEE CB scheme. Module testing and certification is accepted only from the following organisations listed on the IECEE website.
Certificates must be issued after the date of joining the scheme, and an additional declaration is required if testing was done before the approval date.
The CEC will only accept certificates where periodic factory inspections are carried out by the certifying body to ensure ongoing compliance with the international standards.
Expiry, removal and relisting
Modules will be listed for two years from approval, unless the certificate shows an earlier date, or there is a change to the relevant standards.
If new certificates are issued for modules, a new application form and fee is required for continued listing.
Modules will be removed from the list with two weeks’ notice if the certificate on which approval is based is no longer valid, the modules are found not to conform to the certificate, or on the expiry date shown on the web listing.
Periodic reviews are conducted to ensure certificates are still valid. Removal will be notified to the applicant or the certificate holder at the email addresses held by CEC.
The CEC requires manufacturers to nominate the module importers who are responsible for meeting the manufacturer warranty obligations in Australia. Importers must keep a record of all serial numbers, and make them available to the CEC and CER on request.
For further information see the Terms and Conditions for listing.