Step 2: Install your system
There is a lot to consider when you decide to install a Solar PV system.
The Clean Energy Council have a Solar PV buyers guide and Consumer Affairs Victoria provides helpful information on what to look out for. Their resources will provide you with guidance on installing Solar PV and questions you can ask your provider.
When selecting a solar provider you must ensure they will:
- install a Clean Energy Council (CEC) Approved Product
- use a CEC Accredited Installer
- provide you with a completed copy of the Solar Provider Statement certifying that they:
- hold an unrestricted Class A Electrical Licence, registered with Energy Safe Victoria
- have had no prosecutions registered with WorkSafe Victoria in the past three years (or with an equivalent authority in another Australian jurisdiction).
The Clean Energy Council also maintains a Solar Retailer Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct is voluntary, and aims to lift the bar higher than the minimum requirements set by government and regulators and improve professionalism in the solar industry by encouraging solar businesses to show their commitment to responsible sales and marketing activities and solar industry best practice. The Code is authorised by the ACCC. People using companies who’ve signed on to the code can be confident that they're working with a reputable retailer.
Feeding excess energy into the grid
Voltage issues may arise in some parts of the electricity network where there are a large number of rooftop solar connections. To help manage voltage levels in the area, the local distribution network service provider may limit export from additional connections.
Your local distribution network service provider should inform you if this is the case in your area. You can still apply for the rebate once your system has been installed and you provide all the required documents.