Solar Panels Are Safe

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June 2010

Solar panels are safe

NATIONAL: Australia’s peak clean energy body has moved to assure households of the reliability and

safety of solar panels following recent media reports.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Matthew Warren said today that photovoltaic solar panels in

Australia were safe and reliable, backed by a rigorous accreditation scheme for installers and a

schedule of approved panels that has been in place for a decade.

“To qualify for government subsidies, solar PV systems in Australia must be installed by accredited

installers using approved systems that meet Australian Standards,” he said.  “The Clean Energy

Council manages this system under the supervision of the Federal Government. It has helped the

industry achieve an outstanding safety and quality record during its operation.”

“Solar systems in Australia are safe and they work.  There have been more than 100,000 solar panels

installed in Australia over a 25-year period.

“As with any purchase, we encourage consumers to do some basic research and ask sensible

questions to find a system and a supplier that is right for them. ”

The Clean Energy Council has today released a new guide for consumers interested in buying solar

The Clean Energy Council will continue to work with the Federal Government to ensure consumers

can buy solar panels with confidence.  

“We are continuously reviewing standards and approved systems to ensure they deliver the safety

and reliability required,” Mr Warren said.

“There were some effectively “free” solar systems offered last year under the $8000 solar rebate

program set up by the Howard Government.  That program has since been wound up, with some

installers at the time offering discounts and other incentives to price solar systems at or near zero

dollars.  Those systems were also installed safely and reliably by accredited installers.

“The purpose of government support for emerging technologies like solar panels is to help households

reduce greenhouse emissions and cut their power bills while developing the industry. 

“The Clean Energy Council believes solar panels should be affordable and we are working to inform

consumers of the range of options available to them in this fast growing market,” Mr Warren said.

For media enquiries please call Mark Bretherton 0413 556 981 or 03 9929 4111

The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy sector. It is working with all Australian

governments to drive the development of clean energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro,

wave, bioenergy and cogeneration.

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