New RAA offers protection for solar installers2nd May 2012
A new independent body that represents the people creating and trading in Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) could offer protection to solar installers.
The newly-created REC Agents Association (RAA) also represents good news for anyone planning to install solar panels or solar hot water systems - it offers you added protection through a mandatory code of conduct.
All RAA members will be required to sign this code, which will ensure that agents adhere to industry standards, act ethically and comply with the law - a move which the RAA says will boost confidence in the industry.
While the RAA won't represent individuals or households, its membership will include registered businesses and individuals (referred to as agents) who specialise in the small-scale renewable energy market.
Most REC agents are above-board, but the new group will offer valuable protection against rogue agents trying to make a quick buck - or worse, the rare few who try to defraud solar installers.
At the beginning, the organisation will focus on creating and trading small-scale technology certificates, but this will likely expand over time
With the support of the Australian Solar Energy Society, the RAA aims to strengthen the country's clean energy regulatory framework, working with the federal government and the new Clean Energy Regulator.
Posted by Mike Peacock