AEMC Delays Decision on Technical Standards for Rooftop Solar.

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AEMC Delays Decision on Technical Standards for Rooftop Solar


Solar energy systems are now the go-to option for both – commercial as well as residential purposes. Australians have shown full faith in this dependable form of energy. Moreover, solar installations have the support of the Government, and reputed solar vendors always come up with cost-effective solutions to propel the idea. 

About Rooftop Solar in Australia

Rooftop solar installations, just like the other solar counterparts, need to comply with the national and regional solar installation norms. 

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) reports that they require more time to propose an optimized framework that would define the minimum technical standards for rooftop solar. The commission wants to ensure that any amendment or modification in the stated rules for rooftop solar installations alongside other DER (distributed energy resources) should come with zero compromise policy pertaining to system security. The decision needs to be futuristic, keeping in mind in the exponentially growing requirement for renewable energy resources. AEMC exclaimed, “The Australian Energy Market Commission is investigating how small energy systems like rooftop solar can best contribute to Australia’s renewable energy future without risking system security.”

Driving Force

The aim is to smoothly introduce rooftop solar as a feasible option for various households without risking the regular power system balancing and stability standards. Rooftop solar installations save you a lot of money in the long run, and they are environment-friendly too. This has resulted in an unprecedented solar requirement in Australia, and AEMC wants to be absolutely sure before finalizing the technical standards for rooftop installations. Many households and workstations don’t have the fundamental requirement to access the benefits of solar power systems. However, small vendors aren’t complying to the solar norms, and AEMC has been quick to notice the same. Vendors now await the updated framework, which consists of the minimum technical standards. 

Recent Developments

AEMC’s latest statement, given by Australian Energy Market Operator, is suggestive that the commission is thoroughly analyzing the rooftop solar issue. Their report says, “The AEMC has extended the time for it to make a draft rule determination. The draft rule determination is now scheduled to be published on 3 December 2020.”

With this draft, the commission also seeks to bring uniformity into the solar energy norms that exist currently. The standards are somewhat similar in a few states and incline with the national standards. However, several regions report substantial deviations, and therefore, it becomes challenging to govern solar installations as a single entity.  Solar security standards can improve drastically when AMC’s decision comes out in December. Buildings operating on both rooftop solar and power grid systems are the ones in question because they require switching between the solar power supply and grid supply. In the recently released statement by South Australia, solar exporting limits are going to be closely examined, and if needed, they can be isolated from the primary grid system. Solar vendors, business owners, and Australian residents – all await the Australian Energy Market Commission’s decision on the minimum technical standards for rooftop solar installations.

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