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Volume 8 Issue 7  -  7 October 2016

Deadline for Inverter Certification:
9 October, 2016


9 October deadline for some EWRs
The transition period from AS 4777.2:2005 to AS/NZS 4777.2:2015 ends this Sunday, 9 October 2016.

If you have accepted a connection offer from us for an inverter that will not be certified under AS/NZS 4777.2:2015 after 9 October 2016, you must install it and lodge your EWR by 11:59pm Sunday, 9 October to meet this deadline.

If we find that an inverter was not certified when installed, we will have no choice but to disconnect it and issue a Form 3 for non-compliance. We will then require a new application for a certified inverter, or another EWR if and when the inverter is recertified after a period of time.

We understand many inverters will lose certification after 9 October 2016 but be recertified at a later date. If you have applied for one of these inverters and received an offer from us, but it is not installed by 9 October, it should only be installed and an EWR lodged once that inverter brand, series and model reappear as an application option in our Electrical Partners Portal, i.e. once we confirm it as recertified. Otherwise, it will be defined as a non-certified inverter and we must disconnect it unfortunately.

Inverter replacement under warranty
As defined by Standards Australia, inverters not recertified to AS/NZS 4777.2:2015 can only be installed as replacements under warranty. This is the only instance that an inverter not certified against AS/NZS 4777.2:2015 can be used after 9 October 2016.

No STCs on array upgrades on non-certified inverters
While not related to the connection to the network, there’s another aspect of the AS/NZS 4777.2:2015 introduction you may not be aware of. After 9 October 2016, array upgrades will only qualify for Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) if all inverters in the generating system are certified to the new Australian Standard. The inverters are deemed to be part of the same system if they have any shared components (including wiring).

Please contact the Clean Energy Regulator if you require further information.
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