September Updates

September Updates

Featured in Up on the Roof- Alroy Augustus with Ria O’Hehir.

Energy Training Group is excited to announce that we were recently featured in the episode of Up on the Roof, where Alroy Augustus, our CEO, had an amazing conversation with Ria O’Hehir, CEO Greenback Environmental.

Alroy spoke proudly about how we are educating the students about the ins and outs of the solar industry and providing energy training courses to industry workers so that they can carry out their job safely and with compliance.

Knowing the importance of getting accredited and having a good skill set, we have a team of industry experts on board who provide the right training and hands-on practical classes to students so they stay updated with the recent trends and changes in the solar industry.

Latest Updates In The Solar Panel & PV Industry

Australia Can Be Powered By Renewable Energy By 2030 With A Clear Roadmap

The renewable energy industry is playing a crucial role in reducing Australia’s carbon emissions over the past decade and has proven its ability to meet and exceed any target put in front of it.

With a new energy roadmap underway, powering the country with 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 would result in a 44.5 percent cut in carbon emissions.

“Decarbonising the electricity sector is the most efficient pathway to net-zero by 2050, so the sooner we get it done, the sooner we can focus on the areas of the economy,” says Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton.

By aiming to meet the domestic electricity demand with renewable energy sources by 2030, the foundation to becoming a global clean energy superpower can be laid. Renewable energy has the power to reduce carbon emissions, drive economic growth, and create greater jobs.

Now Is The Time To Accelerate The Clean Energy Transition!

Energy Reforms Must Support Clean Energy Transition

To make sure the current and under process energy reforms won’t exacerbate the target of net-zero emissions and cause any financial risks to investors and businesses, The Clean Energy Council has decided to not approve anything in rush and go slowly with the renewable energy reforms.

Since the industry has serious concerns that the original proposal established a capacity mechanism that could undermine reliability, extend the life of existing coal usage, and slow the transition to a clean energy system, The Clean Energy Council will work closely with market bodies to address these concerns and introduce reforms that can help facilitate the transition to a clean energy system.

Every reform that aims to modernise and accelerate the Australian energy market should support clean energy transition. A proposal to revise the National Energy Objective to recognise the imperative to reduce carbon emissions is also welcomed.

Revised Clean Energy Training To Match The Skills Needed For The Future

Here’s an existing news of the month for individuals working hard to excel in the renewable industry. The clean energy industry has recently announced its first update to support the renewable energy workforce having the skills and knowledge needed for the clean energy transition within the electro-technology Training Package.

The updated training package materials will enable the electro-technology workforce to develop the necessary skills for installing and maintaining modern renewable energy systems.

The review will include 50 renewable energy units covering training on design, installation, maintenance, and safety of small renewable energy systems some of which are required for an electrician seeking Clean Energy Council accreditation to install household solar or battery systems.

New Inverter Standard To Improve Grid Stability

With the introduction of a new inverter standard AS/NZS 4777.2:2020, the ultimate goal is to provide the much-needed grid stability for rooftop solar panels and address the recurring stability issues. To achieve this:

  • Inverters are required to have Volt-Watt and Volt-Var functions enabled by default.
  • The default setpoint reference values are configured into four regional settings:
    • Australia A
    • Australia B
    • Australia C
    • New Zealand
    • DNSPs in the National Electricity Market will require the use of the “Australia A”.
    • TasNetworks will use “Australia C”.

This new standard also introduces the requirements for the under-voltage ride-through performance of inverters and makes them more resilient to low-voltage. Inverters compliant with AS/NZS 4777.2:2020 will automatically meet the voltage disturbance ride-through requirements currently required by SA Power Networks and Western Power.

Sharing Opinions On Changes To DC Isolator Safety Is Now Open

Energy Safe Victoria is calling for submissions regarding a consultation paper that proposes enhancements to the safety of DC isolators in PV systems. The options proposed in the consultation paper are:

  • Mandating the use of inverters with integrated DC isolators for all new solar PV systems
  • Mandating the installation of wall-mounted DC isolators on a non-combustible surface

These options are not mutually exclusive and a combination could be used to apply to different situations.

ESV is seeking stakeholder feedback on:

  • whether regulatory action needs to be taken
  • the potential impacts of these options
  • whether other options should be implemented

ESV invites interested parties to make submissions on the issues raised in the consultation paper.

Industry Alert: Certificates For Some DC Isolators Cancelled

An industry alert is recently issued by Energy Safe Victoria about the cancellation of certification of some Direct Current (DC) isolators. Private certifiers SAA Approvals cancelled 18 certifications for DC isolators on 29 September. The cancelled isolators can no longer be sold in Victoria until re-certification takes place. The list of isolators that are cancelled are one of the models of the following brands:
  • Beijing People’s Electric Plant Co., Ltd.
  • Invt
  • PGK Distribution
  • PROJOY Electric
  • Santon
  • Suntree
The certificates of the listed brands were not cancelled due to safety concerns. An audit of the certification process found the certification body did not have the correct accreditation to provide certification for these particular models of DC Isolators.
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