Solar accreditation: CEC installers and retailers

Solar accreditation: Why it matters

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) is responsible for providing solar accreditation to individual installers, retail companies and for providing a list of approved solar panel modules. There are two essential reasons why it matters:

  • If a CEC accredited installer does not install your system, you will not receive your federal solar rebate.
  • If the CEC does not approve your solar panels, you will not receive your rebate.

Lack of accreditation could cost you thousands

Not qualifying for your federal rebate may cost you thousands of dollars. The loss of the Victorian rebate may cost you a further $2,225, depending on the system size you install.

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What is a CEC installer?

A CEC accredited installer is an individual that has completed the relevant safety and quality qualification as set out by the Clean Energy Council. CEC installers have the expertise and training to be able to install your system safely and reliably.

CEC installers: How the industry works

CEC installer accreditation is an individual qualification. A solar company must use an individual with the CEC accreditation to install a system. Many CEC installers are contractors and may install systems for different companies. A retailer may not employ any CEC installers, but rather contract out the solar installation.

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CEC approved solar retailers

A CEC approved solar retailer is a company that has signed up to the code of conduct developed by the Clean Energy Council for retail companies. CEC approved retailers agree to adhere to a list of sales practices to best inform you, the customer. The cornerstone of the code of conduct for retailers is that they agree to provide a minimum 5-year total system warranty.

There are two key differences between an approved retailer and a CEC installer:

  • It is not mandatory to have your system installed by a CEC approved retailer.
  • CEC installer accreditation is an individual qualification, whereas the approved retailer is a company mark.

Clean Energy Council members

It is important not to confuse a CEC approved solar retailer with a CEC member. CEC membership only requires companies to pay an annual fee; there is no adherence to a code of conduct or any requirement for the installer company to observe industry accepted practices.

The approved solar retailer program, although not failsafe, is a good starting point for sifting through the mass of solar companies.

Finding a good CEC installer

The best way to ensure you have a CEC installer supply and fit your system and to find a retail company that provides the highest installation standards is to get your solar quotes through our quote service. We use many CEC approved solar retailers, as well as companies that have not applied for the accreditation but demonstrate an exceptional level of service and expertise.

All of the solar companies that you will receive quotes from using our service use CEC accredited installers ensuring that your solar power system will qualify for the federal solar rebate.

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