All you need to know about Clean Energy Council*

March 14, 2019

With a focus on safety and quality, the Clean Energy Council (CEC) is the peak body representing Australia’s clean energy sector. It was founded in 2007 and CEC is a not-for-profit association which is based in Melbourne and operates nationally. It represents leading businesses operating in solar, wind and other renewables covering more than 600 members present in the renewable energy sector.

With more than 2 million rooftop solar systems installed, Australia definitely benefits from the independent (solar) association Clean Energy Council. According to the Clean Energy Australia Report, renewable energy provided 17.3 per cent of Australia’s electricity in 2016.

The main aim of CEC is to ensure at least 20% of Australia’s electricity is generated by renewable energy by 2020

CEC is committed to accelerating the transformation of Australia’s energy system to one that is smarter and cleaner. The CEC is mainly funded by industry accreditation programs, sponsoring and membership fees. It also regulates the services provided by renewable energy related businesses through endorsement and accreditation.

Their mission is to:

  • Providing a strong voice for their members
  • Standing up for the industry
  • Developing and driving effective policy and advocacy
  • Working with industry to continually improve standards and maintain integrity
  • Working closely with local, state and federal governments to increase demand for clean energy products
  • Providing services and initiatives to members and the wider industry that help to grow the sector
  • Promoting the clean energy industry

CEC Accreditation**

Any rooftop solar panel in Australia must be installed by a CEC Accredited Installer only.  To maintain the high quality, its essential that installer follows CEC design & Installation guideline along with relevant Australian electrical standards. This is the minimum requirement regardless of whether a rebate is sought.

Solar PV accreditation gives installers access to continuous professional development and technical support to ensure the best possible standard of solar PV installations across Australia.

Accreditation is only available to individual installers and designers. There are now around 6,000 Clean Energy Council accredited installers in Australia.

To become a CEC Accredited installer, applicants must go through a rigorous procedure like

  1. Completing the required training
  2. Apply for a provisional accreditation.

Minimum Criteria

  1. All the training Certificates.
  2. Electrical License (if applying for a grid connection install)
  3. Working at height certificate ( require for install accreditation only)
  4. Public Liability insurance – at least 5 million.
  5. Upgrade to full accreditation.

Before the end of 3 months, the installer must apply for to upgrade to full accreditation  by completing the assessment which includes fundamental theory, Design & practical.

  • Renew and move on to continuous professional development.

Each year accredited installers must complete 100 points of eligible training and professional development to remain updated with developments in solar technology, as well as their own skills.

Clean Energy Council (CEC) Membership***

Clean Energy Council membership is open to companies who work in and support the clean energy sector.

There are numerous benefits a CEC member gets like receiving access to the latest industry information, networking opportunities, boosting brand exposure within the industry, being involved in the key conversations within the sector, and supporting the policy and advocacy work of the Clean Energy Council.

The first category, Clean Energy Council Membership, is for businesses only. CEC membership is open to any business that has an interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia.

There are five categories of CEC membership, with annual fees ranging from $625 to $55,000. The membership categories are:

  • Associate
  • Corporate
  • Sponsorship
  • Network
  • Emerging tech

Associate members pay an annual fee of $3,650. Corporate memberships are for businesses that want a greater affiliation with the CEC and want to be a part of key industry discussions. The annual fee is $14,500.

Sponsorship membership is for corporations leading the industry who want to be involved in key decision process and wanting to fully align themselves with the Clean Energy Council. They have their branding on CEC materials and become members of the CEC Advisory Committee. The annual fee is $55,000.

Network memberships are for single entity businesses involved in solar PV installation. Emerging Tech memberships are for renewable organizations developing pre-commercialized renewable technologies as their primary business. Both have annual fees of $630.

Get Solar Quote
Installer Signup Form
Fields marked by an asterisk ( * ) are required fields.
( * ) Required Fields