According to a recent report by the ANU Energy Change Institute (PDF), Australia has about 9 GW of roof mounted solar PV deployed, which is by far the largest per capita rooftop-PV deployment in the world*. So how do energy retailers and infrastructure engineers ensure that people feel confident that their new solar panel, or their battery, or their electric vehicle charger is safe and performs as advertised? This is where Standards Australia comes in.
Keeping pace with rapid change
As distributed energy technology – in other words, the infrastructure that homes and businesses can buy and adopt to generate, use, and store energy – takes off at breakneck speed, it’s important to ensure that our regulatory standards keep pace.
Standards Australia is the peak body for developing these standards. It’s our representative on international standards bodies like ISO and IEC. Standards Australia also works closely with its cross-Tasman counterpart, Standards New Zealand, to develop joint AS/NZS standards.
But closer to home, a select few AGL people work behind the scenes on the Standards Australia committees to ensure that the customer voice is heard in the process of setting these standards.
Giving the customer a voice
One of our representatives is Sean Thor, an Integration & Technical Compliance Lead.
His electrical trade qualifications and project management background, including supervising field installations, place him in good stead to decipher the impact of a flurry of imminent changes to AS3000 – the wiring rules that govern electrical design, construction, and installation. Or, more simply, the rules that ensure we can all safely use household appliances, like our TV or kettle.