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GETinformed Issue 3

Are solar panels and battery storage
the way of the future?

With the increasing popularity of renewable energy in Australia – and Queensland especially – there has been a rapid increase in the number of solar PV installers. With this influx of companies vying for business, it’s no surprise customers can get overwhelmed by their number of options, and uncertainty of who and what is their best choice.

With the residential battery storage market booming, remarkably there has been little discussion about safety. Installing a residential battery storage system is no small thing – in fact, some energy industry insiders describe it as ‘as the most dangerous item you will ever put in your house’. However it is also potentially one of the most valuable and sustainable. But it must be done correctly.

Just last week, the Electrical Safety Office adjusted their recommendation that all residential energy storage units should be installed in a separate external enclosure. Many industry experts thought this was overkill and could significantly jeopardise the number of residents willing to put solar batteries in their homes.

The Clean Energy Council takes the view that “battery units should meet strong international standards and be installed by an accredited installer to clear guidelines. If batteries meet these strong standards, there is clearly no need for them to be installed in a separate external enclosure.”

I’m excited by the possibilities presented by battery storage technology and the evolution of the energy industry, especially here in Queensland. But irrespective of how energy is supplied, protection of consumers needs to remain our highest priority. Safety is and will always be paramount, and training is critical to ensure standards are maintained.

Stay safe.

Derek Green

Chief Executive Officer

28 March 2017

Our new partnership with
Global Sustainable Energy Solutions

GET Compliance is delighted to be working with Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (GSES) to deliver renewable energy training for the design and installation of grid connected photovoltaic systems.

As Australia’s leading training provider in renewable energy innovation and technology, GSES is at the forefront of the industry, leading sustainable change through education, engineering and communication.

Derek Green, Chief Executive Officer at GET Compliance has always been passionate about working towards a sustainable future. “I’m excited to embark on our new partnership with GSES and look forward to seeing an increased focus on renewable energy in Queensland” he said.

Christopher Martell, Director of Operations and Engineering at Global Sustainable Energy Solutions said “As a well-respected training provider focused on quality training in high voltage connections and electrical safety work, we look forward to a successful working relationship with GET Compliance in 2017 and beyond”.


Updates to AS/NZS 4777.1
and what they mean

The new standard for Grid connection of energy system via inverters – installation requirements (AS/NZS 4777.1:2016) will come into effect on 30 March 2017.

This new standard better reflects current PV system installation practices and configurations, especially for commercial installations and those with battery energy storage systems. Many new requirements are simply adopting or clarifying industry practices which are already commonplace.

Standards updates like these are necessary for an industry that is constantly growing in size and experience. GSES publishes regular technical articles and is involved in discussions over practical methods that installers can use to implement the latest standards and guidelines.

Read GSES review of AS/NZS 4777.1:2016 – Key updates to the standard and what they mean for installers


Upcoming public courses
in renewable energy

Design and install grid connected photovoltaic systems with batteries
  • 9 – 11 May 2017
  • 6 – 8 June 2017
  • 25 – 27 July 2017
  • 29 – 31 August 2017
  • 26 – 28 September 2017
  • 24 – 26 October 2017
  • 21 – 23 November 2017

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