New Standards for Australian Solar Installations Now in Effect

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Published On: 02 June, 2022

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The upgraded standard for solar installations across Australia has been put in place nationwide with the Standards Australia Committee to improve consumer safety and to ensure that all installations are compliant with industry standards.

The updated Standard AS/NZS 5033:2021 brings about some key changes in installation standards, one major aspect being the mandate removal for DC isolators if other safety measures are followed. This has been announced in a bid to reduce the risk of house fires from isolators that are incorrectly installed.

DC isolators were mandated in Australia in 2012 for all rooftop solar installations as an additional safety mechanism to shut down a solar system in case of emergency. Since these isolators are placed next to solar panels and are exposed to the elements, it was suggested by many to be the primary source of house fires.

Ronald Terry-Lloyd, Head – Standards Department, Standards Australia was quoted in PV Magazine Australia as saying, “With millions of solar PV panel systems being installed across Australia, clear and relevant standards are paramount in supporting safe practice for industry professionals, homeowners and businesses.”

The revised standard aims to provide clear and relevant guidance to support safe systems and safe practices for industry professionals and consumers,” he added in his quote as reported by PV Magazine Australia.

It is now mandatory for all Australian solar installers to comply with the updated Standard AS/NZS 5033:2021 for solar installations.

You can read the original story here: Updated standard means change for rooftop solar installers.

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