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Renewable energy licensed electrical inspector – for industry

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) will oversee the introduction of a new class of licensed electrical inspector (LEI) specialising in renewable energy installations.

For further information, you can also visit engage.vic.gov.au/introducing-a-new-risk-based-class-of-licensed-electrical-inspectors

Due to the increase in solar installations and other renewable energy installations in Victoria, there is a need for inspectors to have the specialised knowledge and training needed to ensure safety.

The introduction of a new licence sub-class would require inspectors to demonstrate competency, experience and proficiency before being able to carry out electrical inspection work on renewable systems.

This ensures increased quality and consistency among solar installations and all other renewable energy installations.

The regulatory changes commenced on 5 October 2022.

To allow for a transition period, Class G licence holders will inspect renewable installations until 5 April 2024, from when it will be mandatory to hold a renewable energy class licence to inspect such installations.

ESV will be responsible for establishing the criteria for the licensing of renewable energy inspectors. Like all inspectors, ESV will be responsible for regulating the new class of inspector.

ESV is currently establishing the licence criteria and will work closely with industry and existing inspectors through this process. ESV acknowledges that there is a need to balance the policy settings to ensure enough Inspectors transition to the new classification so as not to disrupt the industry while ensuring the Inspectors have the right skills, knowledge and experience to do this specialist work to ensure safety of consumers.

To be granted a renewable energy inspector licence, inspectors must demonstrate they have the necessary knowledge and expertise to identify unsafe or non-compliant renewable energy installations, particularly solar photovoltaic system installations.

ESV is currently establishing the licence criteria and will work closely with industry and existing inspectors through this process. Applicants must hold a G class inspectors licence to be eligible to apply for the new Renewable Energy licence.

Class G provides a broad remit to inspect all prescribed work not covered by any of the specialised classes.

This new class of inspector will specialise in renewable energies to cater for increased demand and improved renewable technologies.

Anyone who is eligible to meet the criteria can apply and will be granted the new licence.  There are currently 346 Class G inspectors licensed across Victoria.  Applicants must hold a G class inspectors licence to be eligible for the new Renewable Energy licence.