The Australian solar industry is well regulated and safe. Solar panels and inverters sold in this country must comply with a range of standards that maximise safety and reliability. The Clean Energy Council maintains a list of currently approved modules and inverters.
The Clean Energy Council provides an accreditation scheme for solar installers to ensures that the people who design and install solar systems are across all the latest safety requirements. Accredited installers are qualified electricians who have undergone additional training and assessment in the installation of solar systems. Systems must be installed by a Clean Energy Council accredited installer to be eligible for small-scale technology certificates (STCs).
The Clean Energy Council’s Approved Solar Retailer scheme also ensures that the Australian solar retail sector stays safe and reliable. Approved Solar Retailers must commit to responsible sales and marketing activities and solar industry best practice.
To keep your system running safely and effectively for many years, you will need to maintain it correctly. See our maintenance and warranties page for more details on inspecting, maintaining and upgrading your system.
The terms ‘Tier 1’, ‘Tier 2’, and ‘Tier 3’ are often heard with association to solar panel manufacturers as a way of distinguishing the wheat from the chaff in practice and how they can help you to make an informed decision about going solar.
‘Tier rankings’ are systems through which organisations – usually financial analysis & investment firms – classify the ‘bankability’ of particular solar panel products. They are generally intended for investors in medium to large-scale solar projects, but in Australia they are commonly referred to when sales people talk to residential solar customers.