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Use this guidance to help keep workers and customers safe and put industry leading standards into practice.

The guidance on this page complements information in our Notice to Market, which sets out the mandatory and recommended requirements for retailers and installers to participate in the Solar Homes and Solar for Business programs.

Use this guidance along with our Solar PV Audit Checklists and Battery Audit Checklist to ensure installations under our programs are compliant and meet the high standards we have set.

Legislation and regulations

Commonly identified legislation and regulations within the solar industry include:

A full list of legislation and regulations related to the solar industry is listed on the Energy Safe VictoriaExternal Link and WorkSafeExternal Link websites.

Compliance codes and codes of practice also play an important role. They explain your duties or obligations under legislation in practical ways that are aimed to help you comply.

See WorkSafe compliance codes and codes of practiceExternal Link and ESV electrical technical guidelines and determinationsExternal Link .

Australian Standards

Installers in our solar programs must adhere to current and relevant standards for the design and installation of solar and battery storage systems.

These are made mandatory through:

  • legislation and/or regulations; and/or
  • normative reference from a mandated standard (commonly AS/NZS 3000 – Wiring Rules); and
  • are required by the Solar Victoria Notice to Market

Penalties for failing to meet Australian Standards vary. Solar Victoria may suspend or cancel an installer or retailer from its programs for non-compliance. See Installer terms and conditions and Retailer terms and conditions.

Commonly identified AS/NZS Standards within the solar industry include, but are not limited to:

AS/NZS 1170 Series Structural Design Actions(All parts)
AS/NZS 1768 Lighting Protection
AS/NZS 3000 Electrical Installations (known as Wiring Rules)
AS/NZS 4509 Series

Stand-alone power systems

  • Part 1: Safety and installation
  • Part 2: System design
AS/NZS 4777 Series

Grid Connections of Energy Systems via Inverters

  • Part 1: Installation Requirements
  • Part 2: Inverter Requirements
AS/NZS 5033 Installation of photovoltaic (PV) arrays
AS/NZS 5139 Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment

Guidance notes

Industry guidance notes inform retailers and installers of leading practice. They may be voluntary in nature or made mandatory through the Solar Victoria Notice to Market.

Energy Safe Victoria and WorkSafe develop guidance notes to inform installers and retailers of non-compliances found within installations. The solar industry guidance listed below can be found on the Energy Safe Victoria websiteExternal Link .

How to ensure you have a compliant PV installation

Energy Safe Victoria developed this guide to help licensed electrical workers ensure PV installations are installed and tested in accordance with the Electrical Safety Act 1998 and relevant Australian Standards.

Guide: Ensuring you have a compliant PV installationExternal Link

Working safely when installing photovoltaic (PV) systems

Energy Safe Victoria and WorkSafe developed this guide to outline how to work safely and control risks during solar installation and connection work.

Guide: Working safely when installing photovoltaic (PV) systemsExternal Link

Identifying mismatched d.c. connectors in PV installations

Energy Safe Victoria developed this guide to assist all parties involved in installation, inspection and auditing of solar installations, to ensure compliance and safety requirements are met.

Guide: ESV Guide – d.c. connectors in PV installationsExternal Link

PV d.c. isolator installation

Energy Safe Victoria developed this guidance to assist industry with the installation of PV d.c. isolators. It is in addition to the requirements of AS/NZS 3000, AS/NZS 5033 and all other applicable standards.

Guide: ESV Guide – PV d.c. isolator installationExternal Link

Electrical Information Sheet 003 – Solar panel disconnection point

Energy Safe Victoria developed this guidance to help address issues it detected with the installation of some disconnection points at solar panels and to better understand the requirements outlined in AS/NZS 5033:2021

Information sheet: Electrical Information Sheet 003 – Solar panel disconnection pointExternal Link

Electrical Information Sheet 004 – Battery installation – Neutral continuity and MEN

Energy Safe Victoria developed this guidance to respond to the risk of electric shock with the installation of a battery system where there is no continuity between the main neutral bar and the back-up circuit neutrals.

Information sheet: Electrical Information Sheet 004 – Battery installation – Neutral continuity and MENExternal Link

The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council websiteExternal Link also provides electrical installation and solar/small scale generation resources and publications.

Reviewed 18 January 2023

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