Wednesday, 20 October 2021
CEC Solar Masterclass
5:00pm - 7:15pm
2 x 1hr
This session will introduce the Clean Energy Council’s Solar Masterclass, provide a high-level overview of the Australian rooftop solar industry, look at current trends and developments within the sector, and give perspectives on the industry’s future trajectory.
Attendance is free and 10 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points will be available to eligible installers who attend each live session.
First session: Welcome and Compliance
5:00pm – 6:00pm (10CPD points)
Welcome News: charting the solar industry’s phenomenal success
The Australian rooftop solar industry continues to experience unprecedented growth, with 2020 the sector’s fourth-straight record-breaking year. But what exactly is driving this growth and what does the future hold? This session will introduce the Clean Energy Council’s Solar Masterclass, provide a high-level overview of the Australian rooftop solar industry, look at current trends and developments within the sector, and give perspectives on the industry’s future trajectory.
- Renate Egan, Co-founder, Solar Analytics
Compliance matters: the important obligations of a solar installer
Compliance with installation standards and guidelines is not only important to customers, it is crucial to maintaining the excellent reputation of the entire rooftop solar industry. Join us at this session to get a reminder of your obligations as a solar installer, information on the consequences of not complying with solar standards and guidelines, and a brief overview of the compliance enforcement activities currently taking place across the industry.
- Gavin Crabtree, Installation Compliance Specialist – Enforcement, Clean Energy Council
- Matt Power, General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator
6pm – 6:15PM BREAK
Second Session: My Jobs 2.0 and Reflections from inspectors
6:15pm – 7:15pm (10CPD points)
Simplifying solar: An introduction to My Jobs 2.0
The Clean Energy Council’s recently released online tool My Jobs provides solar installers and designers with a powerful way to keep track of their jobs and perform some of the complex calculations associated with rooftop solar installations. Come to this session to learn what My Jobs 2.0 can do and how to use it to make your job as a rooftop solar installer far easier.
- Tom Seymour, Technical Support, Clean Energy Council
Inspection reflections: common issues and recommendations from solar inspectors
Rooftop solar inspectors see the best and the worst that the industry has to offer. As a result, they have a unique insight into what installers find most difficult and how to improve compliance across the industry. Join us at this session to hear solar inspectors discuss the most common issues they encounter when conducting inspections and provide recommendations on how to ensure compliance, and then the floor will be opened to any questions you’ve always wanted to ask an inspector.
- Tom Seymour, Technical Support, Clean Energy Council
- Hamish Wheatley, Acting ASP Connections and Quality Manager, Essential Energy
- Jessica Edwards, Manager, Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme Operations, Clean Energy Regulator
- Mark Henson, Service and Installation Compliance Field Manager - South | Field Operations, Ausgrid
Co-founder, Solar Analytics
Renate Egan is co-founder of Solar Analytics, leads the UNSW activity in the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics and represents Australia on the International Energy Agency PV Power Systems Program As an innovator, entrepreneur and academic, Renate is passionate about using her skills to increase the uptake of solar and accelerate the energy transition.
Installation Compliance Specialist – Enforcement, Clean Energy Council
Gavin has worked in the area of solar design and installation for over 12 years. He has been a part of the CEC technical team for 5 years with most of his time spent in the Compliance Enforcement space. His passion is Stand Alone Power systems, and he still gets to complete the odd installation outside of his employment with the CEC.
General Manager, Clean Energy Regulator
Matthew Power is the General Manager responsible for the Renewable Energy Target Branch at the Clean Energy Regulator.
The Renewable Energy Target is an Australian Government scheme designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the electricity sector and encourage the additional generation of electricity from sustainable and renewable sources.
Mr Power has extensive experience in regulatory environments, with more than 15 years’ experience in regulatory agencies within Commonwealth government.
Mr Power has qualifications in science and commerce and postgraduate qualifications in management.
Technical Support Clean Energy Council
Thomas Seymour is a Technical Support and Compliance Officer at the Clean Energy Council. Like other members of the Technical Team he is a qualified Electrician and Accredited Solar Installer.
Thomas trained in commercial electrical, working for companies such as PSG, Downer and Watters. Solar presented an interesting set of new challenges with system design and installation and how to keep up with the fast pace of change in the sector.
Prior to joining the CEC two years ago he was operating an electrical contracting and solar business in Central Victoria.
As well as his experience in the electrical industry Thomas is a qualified Industrial Designer.
Acting ASP Connections and Quality Manager, Essential Energy
Hamish Wheatley works for energy distributor Essential Energy which provides energy to 95% of NSW and parts of Southern Queensland. Currently Acting Accredited Service Provider (ASP) Connections and Quality Manager, Hamish has been working for Essential Energy for 12 years. In this time, his roles have included Power Quality Technician, Power Quality Team Leader and Network Assurance Supervisor.
Manager, Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme Operations, Clean Energy Regulator
Jess leads the operational engine room for Commonwealth incentives offered via the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme which is one component of the Renewable Energy Target. She oversees a number of scheme functions and programs including:
• the processing of small-scale technology certificates or 'STCs' mainly for rooftop solar systems,
• the register of solar water heaters eligible for STCs,
• the solar PV inspections program, and
• the government and industry partnership program - the solar panel validation initiative or 'SPV'.
Jess joined the Clean Energy Regulator in October 2015, shortly after re-settling in Australia from a two-year stint in the UK. She has a strong track record of over 12 years' experience in delivering state-wide, national and international projects, services and programs for communities and business.
Service and Installation Compliance Field Manager - South | Field Operations, Ausgrid
Mark is passionate about the electrical industry and the safety of electrical installations in general. He has been a member of the installation inspectors’ group with Ausgrid for 10 years and has seen the good, the bad and the ugly.
Mark is responsible for ensuring his group are kept up to date with industry and standard changes whilst also helping Ausgrid install its own renewable energy within its own network to deliver network stability.
Mark is part of the committee for the Service and Installation Rules of NSW, which is currently under review.