New solar installer/designer accreditation provider appointed

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The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has announced the appointment of Solar Accreditation Australia (SAA) as the new accreditation scheme operator for rooftop solar installers and designers under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.

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The CER conducted an application and evaluation process in late 2023 for operators of the accreditation scheme. The Clean Energy Council (CEC) decided not to apply to continue operating an Installer Accreditation scheme.

The CEC’s accreditation services for solar installers and designers has therefore now concluded. This will allow the CEC to double down on its crucial work advocating for a strong solar industry and supporting installers and industry to comply with the complex regulatory requirements in the sector.

In order to retain eligibility for small-scale technology certificates, all installers and designers accredited under the previous scheme will have a three-month transition period to transfer to SAA’s accreditation services, which are now in effect.

Clean Energy Council CEO Kane Thornton said, “I am proud of the role that the Clean Energy Council has played in supporting Australia’s solar industry and world-leading uptake of rooftop solar over the past 16 years.

“Rooftop solar plays a critical role in our clean energy transition. In 2024, approximately one in three Australian households have solar systems installed.

“I would like to congratulate Solar Accreditation Australia on their successful application and appointment to this new role.”

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The Clean Energy Council will continue work closely with the CER to support SAA during the transition period and ensure an orderly handover.

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