Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
Australia’s peak electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), today announced that it had established a solar generation inspection service for NSW residents.

The announcements comes on the back of NSW Fair Trading pursuing legal action against a number of unlicensed contractors for installing solar panels and some licensed contractors for failing to meet current regulations.

In speaking about the safety service, NECA NSW chief executive, Lindsay Le Compte, said that NECA had arranged for a number of its members with solar installation accreditation to be available to the public in NSW to have their solar generation systems checked to ensure they are safe.

“NECA members with the required experience, insurance and solar installation accreditation are available to conduct safety inspections and rectification work for members of the public that are concerned their solar installation isn’t compliant,” Mr Le Compte said.

“NECA members with accreditation in solar installation were appointed by NSW Fair Trading as inspectors to conduct the recent audit of rooftop solar systems in western Sydney that revealed major non-compliance.

“The government has now announced that it has taken legal action against a number of installers, some of whom were unlicensed and it has directed others to undertake further training in how to properly install solar panel systems”.

NECA believes the audit in western Sydney demonstrates that there is a reasonable risk that a significant number of installed systems are defective and the defects should be rectified. NECA also considers that the audit demonstrated that many installers need to have further training in solar installation work.

“NECA's training arm in NSW, NECA Training Limited, will be working with government and industry to provide additional training to electricians involved in the installation of solar generation systems to ensure that the recent adverse audit is addressed and to maintain public confidence in the renewable energy sector,” Mr Le Compte said.

“There is a place for green energy in the future and it is important that workers in the industry get the installations right so this form of energy is not only safe but effective.”

NECA has arranged for a number of its members with solar energy training and accreditation to be available to undertake inspections of solar generation systems to provide the public with reports as to the safety of their systems. This service is available for a fee that will be negotiated with individual members of the public based on the size and location of the system to be inspected.

“NECA's members who will be providing this service are licensed, trained and qualified to undertake this inspection work and they are also required to be appropriately insured when undertaking the work”, Mr Le Compte said.

Members of the public seeking information as to the location of the nearest NECA inspector should contact NECA on 02 9744 1099.

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National Electrical and Communications Association - NECA

NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia wide.
Lindsay Le Compte - NECA NSW Chief executive
P: 02 9744 1099
M: 0447 773 332


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