The Clean Energy Council is committed to increasing the quality of PV installations in the Australian market.
In 2014, the Clean Energy Council introduced the PV module testing program to confirm the compliance of panels listed in our list of approved modules. In 2017, this testing program was expanded to include the testing of approved inverters.
The Clean Energy Council purchases selected devices from the Australian market on the basis of risk-based profiling or random selection and has them tested at a number of testing laboratories.
The objective of this testing is to confirm the safety and compliance of the devices with the relevant product standards, the certification for that device and the Clean Energy Council’s Terms and Conditions for listing products.
If the Clean Energy Council's testing identifies non-conformance with the device’s certification:
- the Clean Energy Council's Director, Smart Energy may suspend or remove the listing of the device until compliance can be verified
- the Clean Energy Council's Director, Smart Energy may also suspend or remove all device model numbers listed for that manufacturer or applicant
- the Clean Energy Regulator, state electrical authorities and the industry may be notified
- a new application for listing will not be processed until any corrective actions are completed to the satisfaction of the Clean Energy Council.
An appeals process for decisions made by the Clean Energy Council's Director, Smart Energy on the listing and de-listing of devices is available via the Product Listing Review Panel. An applicant may appeal against a decision via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will refer the decision to the Product Listing Review Panel.
Appeals must be lodged within five business days of the Clean Energy Council informing the industry of the de-listing.
Report a product fault
If you have come across any product faults through your business, you can refer them to the testing program via the fault reporting form.
The Clean Energy Council will not be responsible for consequential losses of de-listed companies, provided that the Clean Energy Council has undertaken appropriate due diligence and acted in good faith in de-listing.