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What certifications does my solar panels need?

Solar panels sold and installed in New Zealand must be certified and approved to AS/NZS 5033, photovoltaic installations. This standard is called up by AS3000 which is legislated in each state. This ensures that the modules are compliant with IEC/EN 61730 and either IEC/EN 61215 or IEC/EN 61646. Put simply it means the solar panels are manufactured to an acceptable safety standard.

The certification provides you with a peace of mind that the minimum acceptable standard for products to be sold in New Zealand has been achieved. Unfortunately the standard sets the bar for quality relatively low ,and the fact that a module is certified , is not always a stamp for great quality. For that further manufacturer testing and production standards are required.