Western Australia adds new requirements for new Solar Installations
This year, February 14th is not just Valentine’s Day in Western Australia, but an important day for solar installers and customers. New requirements for emergency solar management come into effect for both new and upgraded rooftop solar installations.
Under a recommendation from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), these new requirements are being introduced and mandated to help prevent widespread loss of power in state-wide emergency situations. This emergency solar management will be the last resort before entire suburbs with high volumes of solar exports lose power.
From today, all new and upgraded solar PV and battery installations with an inverter capacity of 5kW or less will need to be capable of being remotely turned down or switched off in emergency situations.
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It’s of interest to note that these new requirements are just one of Western Australia’s efforts to reduce the need for emergency measures. Additional tasks as part of a long-term plan are also underway, including investment in storage, improving pricing signals, and allowing for customer devices to provide energy services for payment. You can find out more about WA’s Energy Transformation Strategy here.