The Clean Energy Council maintains the database and website listing of AS/NZS 5033-compliant photovoltaic (PV) modules.
PV modules installed in Australia must meet the requirements of 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 must meet Application Class A of IEC 61730.
Since 16 July 2013, PV modules installed on buildings must be certified as Fire Safety Class C or better.
Roof integrated modules may have additional requirements under the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
PV systems less than 50 volts (open circuit) or 240 watts do not need IEC 61730 Class A, however they should have Class C. Class B modules are not to be used in Australia.
Rules of listing
The Clean Energy Council's listing of AS 5033-compliant PV module shows the licence holder, model number and power rating of each approved module.
This should correspond directly with the module label. The modules should be advertised and sold under the same name and model numbers. Brand names should only be used in association with the certificate holder name.
The modules are always listed on the AS 5033-compliant modules list under the certificate holder name, and the model numbers shown on the certificate. Importers or distributors branding original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products must obtain a certificate in their own name showing their product numbers, as offered for sale in Australia.
Module testing laboratories
Module testing must be performed by a test laboratory approved to test PV modules to these standards under the IECEE CB scheme (CBTL). 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.
Periodic factory inspections
Certificates are only accepted where periodic factory inspections are carried out by the certifying body to ensure ongoing compliance with the international standards.
Fire Class C
The Clean Energy Council maintains two lists. The first covers fire tested modules, which can be used in any application. This is called 'building approved modules'. The second is non-fire tested modules which may only be used in ground-mount applications.
As of the 1st of June 2015, all modules supplied to the Australian market must be labelled with the correct Certifier Mark, to show which agency certified the module at the time of manufacture. The module must not be labelled with multiple certifier marks for the same standards – the end user must be able to confirm which certifier applies.
Cables and connectors
Under AS 5033, connectors are not permitted to be mated with those from another manufacturer. Therefore the description of connectors as 'MC4 compatible' will not be accepted. You must indicate on datasheets and/or Installation maunal the actual make and model of the connector. Connectors must be compliant with EN 50521:2008 + Appendix 1:2012 and you may be asked for evidence of this.
Cables on PV arrays must conform to PV1-F. For module approval, you may be required to show evidence of compliance.
Expiry, removal and relisting
Under the CEC 'Terms and conditions for listing a PV module', modules will be listed with an expiry date of two years from the date of listing, or as shown on the certificate, whichever is sooner.
If new certificates are issued for a currently listed module, a new application form and fee is required for continued listing. (Changes to CDF only do not require relisting, but the revised CDF should be provided to the CEC).
The CEC conducts periodic reviews to ensure that the certificates on which module listing is based, are still valid. If the relevant certificates are no longer valid, or have been withdrawn by the certifier, the modules will be removed from the Approved Product list with immediate effect.
The applicant and certificate holder will be notified of module listing expiry or removal by email, using the contact details provided on the application form.
For further details please refer to the Listing Terms and Conditions.