How to choose the best solar installer

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When looking to install solar, there are many options available to you. But it can be challenging to find the right installer. To ensure the process is as efficient and high quality as possible. Using a Clean Energy Council (CEC) certified installer is recommended. Without using such a process, you can also not claim the STC Solar rebate. 

CEC certification is a qualification that ensures the individual has completed the necessary training to install solar panels or residential storage batteries. Installers with such accreditation also should be able to install solar to industry standards and satisfy the customer.

To find a local CEC-certified installer, use the search on the website You can also look for characteristics such as an installer accreditation ID card and CEC website to determine if an installer is appropriately certified.

I want to get solar, but there are so many “Solar Sharks” out there

If you are new to the solar industry and looking to install solar panels and batteries, please research before buying.

While many installers will do the right job, some companies can only be described as Solar Sharks, often in the budget range of systems; they will undertake the quickest installation with the poorest quality workmanship. This is DESPITE. Some even have the correct CEC qualifications. 

sometimes they also have unqualified labourers on the roof, and then the one person with the qualifications signs off on the whole job, even though he/she hardly did any of the work.

When installing a solar system, we advise you to do everything you can to research the process and go for high-quality products and installation providers. Put yourself in the best situation possible to do this. You should elect to use a Clean Energy Council (CEC) certified installer and a local company that has been around for quite a while. Avoid far-away companies and energy retailers. As often, the after-sales service and installation quality issues are lacking. 

What does it mean to be a certified installer?

The CEC certification is a qualification that anyone installing solar and storage must have. This certification assures that the individual has completed the necessary training to allow them to install solar panels, batteries, and other renewable energy equipment. CEC installers also promise to undertake all installations to a high industry standard. They are reliable, practice safety, and, most of all, satisfy the customer’s renewable energy needs.

Suppose you are looking for a local installer that is CEC-certified. Use the search on our website,, as the companies we recommend do the right thing or check on the CEC website if the installer that is doing your job has the correct qualifications. 

Man Installing Solar with CEC Accreditation
Ensuring your solar installer has completed the appropriate training and licencing reinforces the quality of the outcome

Characteristics of a certified installer

Suppose you have selected an installer already for your solar installation and are unsure if they are certified. There are a few things you should look out for.

The first and most obvious is their installer accreditation ID card. Once the installer arrives at your property, ask to see their ID before they begin. The ID should have their accreditation number, a photo of the installer, the expiry date, and the types of accreditation held. At least one installer working on your property should have an ID. If not all. 

Another characteristic of a good installer is their willingness to explain how the system operates and what is needed to get a good outcome. Both before and after you have agreed to utilise their company.

The third telltale sign that an installer is of the right calibre is their physical attendance at the installation. They should be there throughout the process and sign off on the product at the end of the installation. Definitely not just sign it off unseen. 

So make sure you know how the CEC-accredited responsible installer for your system will be – before you sign the sales contract.

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