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Shining the light on solar installation fraud

Clean Energy Regulator
Date published
December 2019

Relevant impacts: Reputational impact and government outcomes impact.

A Clean Energy Council accredited installer and licenced electrician falsely claimed to have conducted 8 solar installations. He signed multiple, small-scale technology certificate documents and Certificates of Electrical Compliance relating to these installations under the Small-scale renewable energy scheme.

The man was fined $5,000 and sentenced to an 18-month Good Behaviour Bond (a court order requiring a person to be of 'good behaviour').

Related countermeasures

Use declarations or acknowledgments to both communicate and confirm that a person understands their obligations and the consequences for non-compliance. The declaration could be written or verbal, and should encourage compliance and deter fraud.

 Investigate fraud in line with the Australian Government Investigation Standards (AGIS).

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