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Changes To Solar Accreditation

Changes To Solar Accreditation


On February 29th, 2024, big changes hit solar accreditation in Australia. The new accreditation scheme operator, Solar Accreditation Australia (SAA), took charge. This shift impacts all accredited solar installers and designers across the country.

SAA now stands as an independent, not-for-profit organisation responsible for accrediting solar installation and design practices. This change is more than just a switch in leadership; it signifies a major reconfiguration of how the solar energy sector is regulated.

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) now plays a more significant role as the sole regulator in the industry. This means the previous co-regulation system managed by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) is no longer in operation.

These changes mark a significant milestone in Australia’s journey toward a more sustainable energy future.

Why the change to solar accreditation?

The change from CEC to SAA is to help rectify some of the challenges regarding regulatory enforcement in the industry.

Stephen Robertson, Chair of SAA: “This is a significant milestone in our shared commitment to enhancing standards, transparency, and accountability across the solar energy sector. Today marks the beginning of a new era for Australia’s dedicated and highly skilled solar installers and designers, with the launch of an independent, not-for-profit and single-purpose entity to support compliance and raise standards across the industry. SAA is committed to ensuring integrity, accountability, and responsible practices within our industry.”

What does this mean for you?

 Accredited installers and designers are given a three-month window to transition to SAS (Solar Accreditation Australia) to ensure they maintain their eligibility for small-scale technology certificates. The process is straightforward: complete the application on the SAA website, and upon approval, you’ll receive a new accreditation number to claim your certificates. Importantly, all your professional development points and compliance records seamlessly transfer to Solar Accreditation Australia.

Failure to transition to SAA within the specified timeframe will result in the loss of accreditation, rendering you ineligible to claim small-scale technology certificates. Fortunately, the transition to SAA is free of charge.

For consumers, this change brings positive implications. With enhanced compliance measures and stringent quality control standards, consumers can anticipate more reliable and higher-quality solar installations in the future.

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