CEC Certified Solar Installer and Workmanship Guarantee
In Australia, a non-for-profit association called the Clean Energy Council (CEC) represents businesses working in clean energy industries, including searching for certified solar installer.
CEC is responsible for promoting the implementation of clean energy in Australia by raising awareness among the public, developing policies and accelerating technology development in this sector. In CEC, they offer membership, and more importantly a qualification called the Clean Energy Council Solar Accreditation.
Businesses with this accreditation have access to continuous professional development and technical support regarding solar panel installations. If you would like to know more about the CEC, visit its website here.
When choosing an installer, it is advisable to check with CEC whether they have an accreditation. With certified solar installer, you can be reassured that your system will be installed professionally by trained professional, and that you receive the upmost standard in quality and safety of your system.
As a customer you do want 100% quality and reliability, so here is a solar installation guide that includes signs of questionable workmanship, and some tips of Quality Assurance and Control you can do:
The Electrical Connections
How well are the cables being laid throughout the system? Ensure that the cables have proper supports and not left “hanging” and sagging under their own weight. Hanging cables lead to other potential problems in later years, such as loosened connections.
Run along the cables and check that any termination of wires is proper, and insulated with no shining copper exposed. Exposed cables can easily short circuit, tripping your switchboard. Worse still, it takes only one power surge to damage your solar system and other appliances in your home.
It is generally a good practice to properly conceal the cables in either conduits or cable trays, before your technicians pack up and leave. A job well done means you do not see even an inch of cable or wire exposed, and the conduits serve as deterrent to rats or other domestic creatures looking to snack on your cables.
Solar Panels Installation Not Aligned
Probably a very silly and irritating mistake, but it does happen, especially when installed by someone inexperienced and less trained. Although not disastrous, it is your right as consumer to insist them to rectify it.
Solar Panels Shadowed By Obstacles
Certain time of the day, it might be unavoidable due to space constraints that you find your panels shaded by nearby trees or high rises. What is more unfortunate is when you have space on your roof unshaded throughout the day, and your installer technician who does not know any better, instead fixes your panels where the sun hides behind the nearby tree. This greatly decreases your power output and solar system efficiency, naturally a big no-no. Good installers or solar consultants would try to maximise your panels’ exposure to the sun, except when it is technically unavoidable.
Solar Panels Tilted On Pitched Roofs
While it might be a good idea to tilt the panels at an angle to your pitched roof to maximise sun exposure and thus efficiency, it is generally not recommended as Australia experiences strong wind often, potentially blowing off your panels and your roof like sails on a boat. While tempting, don’t go for tilted panels installation on pitched roofs, unless your installers can give you written guarantee that appropriate reinforcement has been done for your roof to accommodate this installation.
See our Completed Projects page for visual understanding of good quality installations.
Do not hesitate to contact us at Brightcell if you have anything to clarify, and we are always happy to assist.