The Clean Energy Regulator has taken enforcement action against a solar installation business for not complying with Australian regulations. The CER found Green and Gold Solar Australia improperly created small-scale technology certificates (STCs) for solar installations without Victorian Certificates of Electrical Safety.
STCs are issued by the CER for eligible solar installations, which means using accredited installers and certified equipment. STCs function as a kind of subsidy to the consumer on the cost of solar installation.
“Green and Gold Solar Australia Pty Ltd entered into an enforceable undertaking with the Clean Energy Regulator to address its conduct,” CER stated.
“The enforceable undertaking includes inspection of all solar PV installations and submission of compliant Certificates of Electrical Safety.”
Green and Gold Solar Australia also committed to the development and implementation of new internal compliance processes and procedures. These will be provided to the Clean Energy Regulator.
Clean Energy Regulator: taking compliance on small-scale technology certificates seriously
The Clean Energy Regulator takes fraud and deliberate non-compliance seriously and takes necessary action to ensure the integrity of Australia’s clean energy scheme.
A broad range of enforcement options includes criminal or civil proceedings and suspension and deregistration of REC Registry accounts.
The laws are in place to protect the integrity of Australia’s solar industry while protecting consumers from disreputable organisations.
Choosing an accredited solar installer
Accreditation for Australian solar installers is regulated by the Clean Energy Council (CEC).
The CEC sets high standards for member companies to achieve in order to get accreditation.
Authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), it’s also the only program of its kind in Australia.
A wide range of solar industry experts, consumer groups, energy user associations, regulators, legal advisors and ombudsmen also contributed to the scheme.
According to the CEC, it rejects as many company applications as it accepts because they do not meet its standards.