Almost 7000 varieties of solar panels have been removed from the Clean Energy Council’s Approved Products List, following the introduction of new international standards to improve the quality of products for consumers.

Solar panels must appear on the Approved Products List to be eligible for government rebates and incentives.

Clean Energy Council Accreditation Manager Sandy Atkins said the tightening of standards was good news for people who were thinking of going solar.

“The standards for solar panels continue to get tougher over time, and consumers should be assured that only technology which meets the most current and up-to-date standards are approved to be installed on their home and business,” Mr Atkins said.

“To have their products included on the Clean Energy Council’s Approved Products List, applicants need to provide a certificate to show that solar panels meet the new international standards.

“The updated standards came into force at the end of October, and 6942 products from 111 different manufacturers dropped off the list as a result. This represents just under half of the products which were on the approved list.

“This is one of many initiatives that the Clean Energy Council has championed to progressively increase the quality of products and installations for consumers,” he said.

Mr Atkins suggested consumers who wanted reassurance on safety and quality buy from an Approved Solar Retailer from the Clean Energy Council’s Solar Retailer Code of Conduct.

The Approved Solar Retailer program is designed to provide solar shoppers with a high level of customer service, a minimum five-year whole-of-system warranty, and a dedication to ethical marketing practices.