The Clean Energy Council has created new guidelines for the installation of battery storage in Australia.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton, said the guidelines provide the first comprehensive set of robust installation recommendations for battery storage in Australia, simplifying the process for installers and delivering on safety.

“These guidelines have been established after extensive consultation over the past year and build on the most comprehensive study of battery storage safety in Australia that we undertook in partnership with CSIRO in 2015,” Mr Thornton said.

“Everyone is excited by the potential of a future created by a combination of renewable energy, home energy storage and smart energy technologies. The new guidelines are an important step in making that vision a reality.”

Mr Thornton said batteries, like any electrical device, had risks, and these guidelines provide clear procedures that allow these to be addressed safely.

“It is obviously important that industry professionals take these risks extremely seriously and operate in a way that ensures the safety of themselves, their colleagues and consumers,” Mr Thornton said.

The guidelines will have a six month phase-in period before becoming a requirement for installers who are accredited for battery installation from October 2016.

View the Install Guidelines for Grid-Connected Energy Systems with Battery Storage at solaraccreditation.com.au. 

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